Zuma's deadline for lease deals

2011-09-11 21:31
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma must file his response on Monday to reports by the public protector on controversial lease agreements for two new office buildings for the police, the Sunday Times reported.

Zuma was given 60 days to respond to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who released her second report on July 14.

Her first report, released in February, investigated the Sanlam-Middestad building in Pretoria, which was leased for R500m.

The second report examined the R1.1bn agreement to lease Transnet Tower in Durban.

Madonsela found that the department of public works had deviated from the tender process, that the lease agreements were not at the market rate, and that businessman Roux Shabangu had allegedly pressured officials to finalise the deals.

She called on Zuma to take action against Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, police commissioner Bheki Cele, and senior officials involved in the deals, the newspaper reported.
- SAPA

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