Cele, Nkandla top list of unfinalised probes

2015-03-09 00:00

MATTERS that are still outstanding, according to the SIU’s website, read like a who’s who of government departments.

They include the investigation into the dodgy R500 million police headquarters leasing scandal involving businessman Roux Shabangu that eventually led to the sacking of former police commissioner and now current deputy minister of ­Agriculture Bheki Cele. Proclaimed in August 2010, the SAPS and its senior leadership is being investigated for ­“serious maladministration”.

In 2012, a board of inquiry appointed by President Jacob Zuma to determine whether Cele was fit to hold office found Cele had acted “dishonestly” and “with an undeclared conflict of interest”.

Cele is still challenging his sacking.

Other investigations deemed ­“ongoing” include several probes into the Department of Public Works, ­including the investigation into the R240 million splurge on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead as well as matters related to the departments of Health, Land Reform and Water Affairs, the SA Social Security Agency, several government agencies and municipalities as well as Eskom.

A source at the SIU said that while the cases may be deemed “ongoing”, it does not mean the investigation is not ­finished.

“Many cases are just waiting to be compiled into a report. Once this is done, it is handed to the Presidency from which point we see the matter as complete.”

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