Protector goes ahead with cops lease probe

2011-01-24 13:44

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has received all the responses she requires for her probe into a multi-million-rand lease National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele reportedly agreed to without following tender procedures, her spokesperson said today.

“The public protector has received responses from all parties regarding the draft report she compiled following the investigation into an alleged lease agreement for the police headquarters in Pretoria,” Oupa Segalwe said of the investigation jointly conducted with the Special Investigations Unit.

The protector received comments from the police on Sunday. A response from the National Treasury, which was not part of the investigation but was asked to comment, was received on Friday. Comments from the department of public works and the complainant, Paul Hoffman, who is director of the SA Institute for Accountability, were received earlier in January.

The public protector will now evaluate the information.

“If they are found to have a bearing on the provisional findings, that will be taken into account during the finalisation of the report”, expected early February.

An investigation into a lease for the Durban police is continuing.

Madonsela was pleased everyone met the deadline, as it made her office’s work easier.

Cele told he would not discuss the contents of the submission he made to her over the R500-million lease for the
Middestad building in Pretoria.

“It is up to the Public Protector to take the matter forward now,” said Cele. He would not discuss anything in the “confidential” report.

Last year the Sunday Times reported Cele had agreed to a R500-million lease agreement for the building in Pretoria with property tycoon Roux Shabangu, allegedly without following tender procedures.?

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