Minister mum on police building lease

2011-04-08 22:16

Durban - Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde on Friday said she would not comment on the controversial lease of a Pretoria building until the public protector had concluded her investigation.

"There is nothing I am hiding. I just want the public protector to conclude her investigation and I will tell my side of the story after that," said Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

She was addressing journalists during a workshop for public works MECs at Sibaya Casino outside Durban on Friday afternoon.

In a report released in February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended that Cabinet demand an explanation from Mahlangu-Nkabinde about signing off on the deal, despite legal advice to the contrary.

In her report, Madonsela said the department of public works' decision to push ahead with the deal amounted to maladministration.

She called on the National Treasury to determine steps to terminate the lease, and took aim at national police commissioner General Bheki Cele for signing the memorandum authorising funding for the deal.

The public protector was also investigation another police lease deal in Durban.

"I believe that we have to allow her to complete her investigation. I hope she will finish very soon. She asked to be allowed to complete it. I don’t want get into her space."

  • Benzo - 2011-04-08 22:29

    who is covering up what for whom?

      ArtGee - 2011-04-09 06:29

      Playing for Time..... she KNOWS she screwed up, and IS going to get NAILED!!!! Lets hope so! Lets also hope CELE gets the CHOP, as this has to be one of the BIGGEST FRAUD cases since 1994!!!!!!!!!!

      Madelane - 2011-04-09 07:50

      Sadly nothing will happen to these ANC comrades.......blather on and on and they know the hullabaloo will all disappear in time so they can get on with ripping South Africans off elsewhere

  • Dog!! - 2011-04-08 22:41

    Hey , we must understand it takes time to compile a bogus report. There is nothing to explain you signed of on the deal!! Like Cele's predecessor use to say "finish and klaar". What explaining is there to do?

  • tommy 2 - 2011-04-08 22:44

    Jackie S = COBRA. Bheki c = King Cobra.(which eats other cobras.) End result one cannot replace a snake with a bigger & more dangerous snake.

  • Monica - 2011-04-09 00:07

    Staying "mum" on corruption is wrong! What are you trying to cover up! Shame on you!

  • Dan - 2011-04-09 05:46

    Just wonder which ANC high profile scum stands to benefit from this deal. The ANC just can't keep the greedy hand off money. Pathetic to see how government protects these ANC scum.

  • Slapper - 2011-04-09 08:03

    The Best excuses always take time and careful consideration. Then the ANC stuff it up anyway.

  • onetickie - 2011-04-09 09:20

    This is the trouble when people lie. They forget that its difficult to remember the lies whilst the truth is simple to repeat. Just another corrupt coverup. I've come to the conclusion that SA will only change if whats happening in North Africa happens here in South Africa. Scary but the alternative under current ANC policies/rule is even worse.

      vanommen.jan - 2011-04-09 12:49

      Well... there is an alternative in the DA I would say and then give it some time to settle and change from there. Not everything is lost. African Notorious Criminals do not have the future for ever you now? Be happy, be joyful and vote your way out of it... or be quiet and put another worst on the braai while complaining.

  • Tilo - 2011-04-09 14:18

    Shabangu is a big mate of Zuma. Maybe Zuma instructed Cele and Mahlangu-Nkabinde to do the deal in order to enrich his friend? That is why everybody is so arrogant about the report by the public protector. They know they are safe because Zuma is behind them!

  • William - 2011-04-18 11:53

    Hands off, our Minister. I like the cool-headedness you are applying in dealing with matters. There is no need to hurry because I know you are always sober in providing leadership (How fortunate is the Dept of Public Works to have you). Thanks for your outstanding leadership. William Ntsanwisi

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