R750 000 to rent house for Petros

2011-05-31 09:00

Johannesburg - The public works department will spend about R750 000 to rent a house for Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros, The Star reported on Tuesday.

"Last month, the department hired Siyakula Logistics to provide a house at a cost of R31 042 a month, or R745 008 for the two-year contract," the newspaper wrote.

The award was listed in the Tender Bulletin on Friday and the cost was confirmed by department officials.

The state provided Petros with housing because he did not apply for the position, but was transferred from his previous position as Western Cape provincial commissioner.

He was appointed in Gauteng September of last year.

Housing tender

The Star reported that the housing tender, issued in March, called for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in or around Rosebank, Melrose, Oaklands, Dunkeld, Killarney, Morningside, Houghton, Illovo or Saxonwold.

It also called for the house to have electronic access control and a "solid perimeter wall with a minimum height of two metres" with an electric fence on top.

The acquisition of the house followed a report by the Gauteng department of infrastructure development, in which revealed it had 780 state-owned houses in the province.

One of these houses, in Bryanston, which was previously occupied by Mzwandile Kibi, deputy director-general of the department of infrastructure development, "appears to have all the features to accommodate Petros," The Star wrote.

The provincial government owned 826 state houses across six regions, but only 46 tenants had signed lease agreements.

In February, infrastructure development MEC Bheki Nkosi promised to act against those who were illegally occupying government houses.

"He issued a March deadline, but apparently has yet to act on his promise."

  • daaivark - 2011-05-31 09:02


      NATO OFFICE - 2011-05-31 09:57

      ...and BARBARIC

      Wernerkwane - 2011-05-31 10:02

      Guarantee you the house belongs to an ANC cadre!

      daaivark - 2011-05-31 10:02


      NATO OFFICE - 2011-05-31 10:23

      yeah as in barbarian or savage

      w01f - 2011-05-31 10:42

      Prime example of corruption...why do the department have to hire a shipping logistics company to provide a house? I wonder how much of the rent is going into the back pocket mr Siyakula?!

      Blackup - 2011-05-31 10:57

      @Daaivark: good eye there! I wondering the samething. May be the Nato Office should stick to sorting Gaddafi out (savagely)!

  • Kevin - 2011-05-31 09:16

    anc -stop your wasteful ways. This is not a senior position. Any state house will do. This is why the anc is losing the vote . You are rip off artists with zero good intentions of doing a job. Your housing department should never have a mandate to go private ,especially when it is not a seniot job. WHY IS HE GETTING A HOUSE ANYWAY . BUY HIS OWN. I HOPE HE GETS TAXED ON THE FULL AMOUNT WHICH ADDS R372000 to his ridiculous package.

      lolefibo - 2011-05-31 09:36

      Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, what has the ANC got to do with this now? Please man, don't hate the ANC to an extent whereby you blame it for everything. Get a new hobby man!

      Louis Cipher - 2011-05-31 09:45

      @LOL-EFFING-BO...Government = ANC. The ANC god, Malema said it himself: He will win the hate speech case, cos Judges belong to government and the goverment is ANC. Why do people continue to vote for ANC then the very next week they march / toyi-toyi / strike against the government. Weirdos.

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-31 09:46

      lolefibo... well u r aloud to blame everything on apartheid!!! U even blame apartheid for ur lazy attitude! At least we dont blame the past, we blame the present! Did u get that?

      daaivark - 2011-05-31 10:04

      "allowed" Keyboard. And your thinking is worse than your English.

      umlaut - 2011-05-31 10:13

      Kevin you will notice one guy disapproved of your statement--that was PETROS - 2011-05-31 10:18

      What makes this prick so special, he is a PUBLIC SERVANT and should be treated as such. Again we see the excess of the ANC and the waste of taxpayers money that should be used for uplifting the poor and service the country. They have hundreds of houses that would surfice. Why the additional security? if he did his job correctly then he would be a target, but for now he is the puppet and has no enemies!

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-31 10:48

      haha ou oom daai was human error... ok! So is jy perfek en maki foute ni? Wel staan jy mar terug vi alles en ja en amen maar vir die government. Ongelukkig gan ek dit ni doen ni!

      Nunya - 2011-05-31 10:57

      @ bored or what?

      umlaut - 2011-05-31 11:12

      Ah Kevin --I see Cele joined in

      johan - 2011-05-31 13:28


      liesl - 2011-05-31 13:50

      @Kapt Keyboard: jou keyboard sonder 'n "e" ge-issue? NIE, nie ni nie. Eish. Ook gAAn eerder as gan. mAAr, nie mar nie. Aarde tog, gebruik die ding as jy jou naam aan hom koppel.

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-31 14:13

      liesl hoe oud is jy? 40+ dalk? lyk dit vir jou soos n taal klas? dis hu jy n sms tik etc...! jyt geen valid input ni en nou val jy mar my taal gebruik an!!! en obviously het my keyboard n "e"... jy kan mos sien ekt di letter "e" gebruik of probeer jy snaaks wees? :P

      Paradoks - 2011-06-01 11:30

      @Kpt_keyboard, nee, dit is nie hoe jy 'n sms tik nie; dit is hoe 'n twaalfjarige 'n sms tik. As jy soos 'n tiener tik, sal mense jou soos 'n tiener behandel.

  • SloMo - 2011-05-31 09:17

    Not really amased by this. Government issues mansions for government officials while poverty sits at the bottom of their list. Why he need the electric fencing etc. most probably comes down to the fact that he knows the the comunity and tax payers are being hard done to accomodate him. Pathetic! And everyone else in the country is expected to buy or rent their house with monthly income.

      Looter - 2011-05-31 17:56

      and still pay his!

      SloMo - 2011-06-01 09:28

      Also true.

  • andrelouisw - 2011-05-31 09:17

    When is this going to end? When the money dries up.

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-31 09:30

      When SA=ZIM

  • Dal68 - 2011-05-31 09:17

    This is the free housing everyone voted for.......

      KaB - 2011-05-31 09:56

      Keep voting ANC will keep voting for your children to be uneducated, for your health system to continue in the downward spiral it's already in and you'll keep living in shacks and having lower class income through blue collar jobs!!! I have no sympathy anymore...if you're stupid enough to vote ANC you're stupid enough to not care about this!

  • semaj - 2011-05-31 09:21

    Exactly why does this house have to be in so-called elite areas? Is Millionaires row in Soweto not good enough? Or is it because he has to be in the areas most vulnerable to hijackings and other crime?

  • tebogophora - 2011-05-31 09:21

    This is bull shitt this 1 of the reasons why i did not vote

      Marcell - 2011-05-31 09:26

      Then you can't complain. Period!

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-31 09:33

      But why not vote for somebody els?Somehow you are still supporting the cANCer

      FRpower - 2011-05-31 09:35

      @tebogophora maybe if you DID vote you could have stopped this waste of tax payers money.If you dont vote dont complain.

      Jannie - 2011-05-31 09:41

      If you did not act to get rid of the ANC, you are supporting them! Are you to scared, to lazy, to stupid to take part? Do you think anyone will know who you voted for? When you made your cross on the voting paper and dropped it in the box, no one will ever know. Remember, you can say what you want in support of the people you are scared of, but you can then also vote what you want and if it differs from the image you did show, no-one will know. Untill then you cannot complain of any actions of the ANC since you supported them in not voting.

      Zizo Snr - 2011-05-31 09:59

      Shame on you Tebogo...

      ZipZap - 2011-05-31 09:59

      so shut up.

      Kevin - 2011-05-31 14:59

      Do not complain. you obviously do noyt understand the powerof your vote.You will note that lolefibo asks what has this got to do with the anc. He also does not understand. It has everything to do with the ans because they are the government. NO NAT official had houses bought for them .They got state houses.

  • Thangy - 2011-05-31 09:21

    Why why why why????

      GT - 2011-05-31 09:50

      because they can. they really do not give a continetal flying fk about whose money they spend. R700k is the annual income tax for 40 middle income people, just pissed against the wall.

      ZipZap - 2011-05-31 10:00

      cos they like to drive passed the squatter camps and see the starving sheep?

  • Kevin - 2011-05-31 09:23

    THE GOVERNMUNT IS A JOKE !!!! However the joke is at the expense of the rest of us!!! THIEVING BASTARDS THE LOT OF THEM !!! - 2011-05-31 10:22

      Amen to that

  • Marcell - 2011-05-31 09:25

    Stop moaning! You get what you voted for!

  • PMG - 2011-05-31 09:26

    I expected nothing less,from these ANC thieves,and Zulufox still lives in a shack with an open toilet.O,well some idiots are just born to suffer.Dont worry Zulufox the ANC is going to look afer you,Bwah,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.

  • Badger - 2011-05-31 09:28

    same tendancy like many other african countries. sure sign of dictatorship when people in power start misusing state money and resources. What's next? Nothing but corruption in just a different format.

  • Greybeard - 2011-05-31 09:28

    You can't pick up a stone anywhere in this country without exposing more waste & corruption! 826 houses - 46 paying tenants? All government appointees should work on a freelance basis - at a commercial rate per hour actually worked.

  • ji - 2011-05-31 09:32

    yet more corruption and theft of tax payers money from the useless dishonest and greedy ANC , well this is what the hungry , homeless , jobless and uneducated masses voted for .... VIVA ANC VIVA CORRUPTION .

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-05-31 09:33

    I wonder how COSATU and the SACP see this misuse of state resources which could be used to provide jobs or welfare grants to the poor. But the high muckety mucks must rather be given a luxury lifestyle behind 2m high walls with electronic gates!

      gizzy - 2011-05-31 09:43

      cosatu and sacp couldn't give a damn because they are on the gravy train!

  • HTB - 2011-05-31 09:34

    Here we go again, elections are over, back to reality.

      johan - 2011-05-31 13:33


  • Yvette - 2011-05-31 09:34

    Dig a little deeper News24, you may find that all parties involved are related

  • Debbie - 2011-05-31 09:36

    Who owns the house that Petros will be living in? Who live in the other 780 State owned houses? Surely the voters have the right to know that too.

      Bosmonster - 2011-05-31 09:47

      The Guptas owns the house, and Shaik does the garden service

      Smindlo - 2011-05-31 09:49

      with the Media Tribunal and POIB you will not be able to know even the number of houses owned by government. its going to be a criminal offence to even know.

      Greybeard - 2011-05-31 13:06

      @ Debbie - Bloody good point, however, see below... @ Smindlo - I wish you weren't so right. SOSDD!

      Kevin - 2011-05-31 15:01

      Surely the voters have a right to put a stop to this nonsense. Come on DA ,lets take these cases to court.

  • Santapola - 2011-05-31 09:36

    I voted for the ANC of course but this is not what i was expecting...nah this is too much and if there is a blunder they have to be told....

      Smindlo - 2011-05-31 09:48

      why did you vote ANC? did you not know that they as corrupt as they come?

      Dal68 - 2011-05-31 09:58

      You must be one of the three blind mice santapola......along with the other millions of ignorant, uneducated masses of SA

      ZipZap - 2011-05-31 10:00

      lol, not what you were expecting?? sheep you are.

      muti - 2011-05-31 10:06

      Sorry about your disappointment, Santapola but you know how the saying goes.."you make your bed, you sleep in it". Hopefully, this will spur you on to carefully consider your vote in 2014 - fear not, you will be given daily doses of your latest disappointment in the ANC until then.

      Greybeard - 2011-05-31 13:09

      One set of blinkers off. Well done buddy, keep looking at the situation with open eyes and mind, I doubt you will ever again support the RAPE of the SA taxpayer. Keep looking and SPREAD THE WORD!

      johan - 2011-05-31 13:36


      Mark - 2011-05-31 14:18

      That was really man of you Santapolo to admit what a fool you are , right here on a news forum. Well done. We forgive you now.

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-31 14:58

      The gras is greener ther because there is a lot crap happening over at the cANCer

      Kevin - 2011-05-31 15:02

      If there is a blunder. There is a blunder and fraud and corruption all the time .When are you going to use your brain and make your vote count.

  • ofi - 2011-05-31 09:41

    In February, infrastructure development MEC Bheki Nkosi promised to act against those who were illegally occupying government houses. "He issued a March deadline, but apparently has yet to act on his promise. WHATEVER!!!!

      ZipZap - 2011-05-31 10:01

      hahahaha, he forgot about it - 2011-05-31 10:25

      He is still out to lunch!

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-31 14:59

      He used the deadline as crap paper

  • gizzy - 2011-05-31 09:41

    Yep, that's our Petros. He started off very well in the Western Cape but soon realised that to get ahead you have to be one of the cadres and put party first. That meant ditching his principles and getting onto the gravy train. And you wonder why corruption is so rife in his force!

      Smindlo - 2011-05-31 09:47

      I concur. there is no way a deployed cadre would betray the party that put them in power. ask ele trevor Manuel. he did wel over the years, but when they started buying expensive cars he joined.

  • Smindlo - 2011-05-31 09:41

    the gravy train steaming ahead, well oiled with taxpayers money.

  • Wizard101 - 2011-05-31 09:42

    Where is Zulufox punani?

  • zelda - 2011-05-31 09:45

    Now the crap starts.

  • SilentGenius - 2011-05-31 09:46

    I also want to rent my house to the state...seems like the return on investment you will EVER get! I wonder if Mr Petros are taxed on the fringe benefit of 'provision of housing' to the value of R750000 per year - perhaps Mr Gordhan must have a bit of a look there...

  • stofsuier - 2011-05-31 09:46

    so much for clamping down on wasting the tax payers money !!!

  • kilo39 - 2011-05-31 09:54

    make sure that the voters know who is more important in the greater scheme of things....Government officialdom or them ! What is so wrong with a R12200-00 a month house then.

      kilo39 - 2011-05-31 09:58

      ps....this is another reason why we cannot accept the proposed amendments to the information bill. When the state owns the Media, we will not get to hear any of this......stop it now. Once the power of the free press is lost we are doomed to suck the hind teat !

      Greybeard - 2011-05-31 13:12

      Right on buddy! However.... Don't rant, MOBILIZE!

  • ZipZap - 2011-05-31 09:55

    hahahahaha, go ANC. VIVA THE STARVING SHEEP. LET THEM SUFFER! mwuahahahaahahaha

  • Lebzaton - 2011-05-31 09:56

    Gauteng Gorv, please stop this wasting.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-31 10:02

    And once again we the tax payer are paying for it. I've got an appointment with SARS soon. I intend on asking for tax refunds for all this unnecessary crap I'm paying for. Houses, salaried of ppl that haven't worked in yrs etc etc. And once again it pains me to say, but the reason why ANC gets away with it is because most of their supporters don't pay tax due to not falling into tax brackets. If they did then maybe we'd see demonstrations about it. Half those houses would be burned down by now.

  • gcr - 2011-05-31 10:06

    SAPS in conjunction with CoJ should have given x number of state owneed houses to visit and pick the one most suitable to his and families needs and then he should have moved in. To go and pay external leases is wasteful expenditure. So much for the ANC and government vowing to crack down on wasteful expenditure. Politics sucks like a vacuum cleaner

  • 106SA - 2011-05-31 10:08


  • willieman - 2011-05-31 10:13

    "MEC Bheki Nkosi promised to act against those who were illegally occupying government houses". if you act against them you are history in ANC structures.protect them they are your buddies.I can bet you if it was any members of other parties you were going to tell the whole world even your ancestors.TAKE ACTION LETS SEE

  • Jubes - 2011-05-31 10:15

    Can you see the shock on my face.... where's the surprise?

  • - 2011-05-31 10:16

    Why the walls and electric fences? Bloody cowerdly bastad!! And he's supposed to be a cop. Obviously he doesn't even have any confidence in his own police force.

  • ANC-FTL - 2011-05-31 10:29

    Its fine the govenment will tax the middle class more to pay for it.

      allan.clean - 2011-05-31 11:08

      it is fine, they are becomming mostly of Anc cadre anyway. I agree. Let them pay for their "guvermunt" lifestyles.

  • wisegirl - 2011-05-31 10:33

    Why doesn't the greedy parasite buy his own house like the rest of us? "The ANC views housing as a top priority" what a laugh as they spend huge amounts in housing there "cadres" and dont give a sh#t about the suckers who voted them in

  • The Wonderer - 2011-05-31 10:40

    GREAT, just adds to wasteful expenditure! More amo for the opposition!

  • w01f - 2011-05-31 10:41

    Prime example of corruption...why do the department have to hire a shipping logistics company to provide a house? I wonder how much of the rent is going into the back pocket mr Siyakula?!

  • allan.clean - 2011-05-31 10:54

    Whats new .. somewhere down the line there is a kickback. But certain Felllow South Africans dont mind. As long as its not a Non ANC member thats benefitting

      allan.clean - 2011-05-31 11:06

      By the way . let me add .. the "information bill" makes this an offence to publish, Its classified as state security information and can lead to a criminal offence and jail term ...... Nice huh!!!

  • kagisopheto - 2011-05-31 10:56

    i am happy the way my tax money is being spent. but i think this is not luxurious enough, they should ideally be looking for a place to rent in sandhurst or a penthouse apartment in sandton. hope he is comfortable

      Greybeard - 2011-05-31 13:16

      On the assumption that your comment is thoroughly "tongue-in-cheek"... Ha,ha, bloody HA!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-31 10:57

    Thanks for voting for us. Now we will continue to execute the mandate of Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption you have given us. You can go back to your shacks now, and pray for jobs. We will contact you in 2014 when we need you to vote for us again.

      Mark - 2011-05-31 14:21

      LOL (100x)

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-05-31 11:01

    "It also called for the house to have electronic access control and a "solid perimeter wall with a minimum height of two metres" with an electric fence on top" What are these clowns so scared of - unhappy voters?

  • umlaut - 2011-05-31 11:01

    During idle talk with a black member of society, we talked about the wasteful government and how my tax money is criminally wasted, and he seemed to enjoy it that they are making us pay and using it to enrich themselves. Maybe this is the attitude of all the black officials? They can stay in luxury places and the plebs can stay in sewage contaminated squatter camps-as long as they waste mostly white money.

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-31 11:02

    Usually i would be shocked and outraged after reading something like this but it's become the norm now.. moving on...

  • tailormade - 2011-05-31 11:02

    If my company transfers me to another province, they'll do the following: 1. pay for the furniture move 2. give a few month's accommodation while I sort out my own housing (ie, sell the old house and get something new...even to rent). Damn, it's nice to be such an important person...isn't it!?

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-31 11:04

    VIVA ANC!!!!!! eish wasting of money continues.....Do not complain you voted for them ne!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-31 11:05


      umlaut - 2011-05-31 11:29

      Again the anc knew this was coming--last year they passed a law that gave them the authority to collect any outstanding amounts to the state from your bank account without your authorization. They've got you by the balls. Maybe you will HAVE to go and do some part time fishing for extra income to pay for the tolls. All you can do is to have a big paint spray gun on the roof of your car and as you go underneath the detectors you give it a spraypaint and wolla-- all the camaras are blacked out. Or you drive a big lorry with a high load and crash it overhead--just don't burn anything--that is illegal. Or drive below it with a masssive big magnet on a lorry and all the cameras go out of sinc. and they won't focus. Or let your car overheat and in the steam ball your plates can't be read. Etc etc.

  • - 2011-05-31 11:07

    Great to see our money is going to good use...their housing and fridges. F*ck, i cant believe they ACTUALLY ALWAYS get away with this...ALL the bloody time!!!!

  • vsquad - 2011-05-31 11:08

    Why do this? wonder how much will be pocketed ... This is called corruption.