Shabangu complains to protector

2011-12-09 07:21

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has received a letter of complaint from businessman Roux Shabangu, her office said on Thursday.

Madonsela had decided to conduct a preliminary investigation with a view to establishing if the matters Shabangu raised were not covered in the special investigating unit (SIU) investigation into lease deals, said her spokesperson Kgalelo Masibi.

"By the time Mr Shabangu’s complaint reached the public protector, she was already in the process of investigating allegations of maladministration with regard to the leasing of the [Independent Complaints Directorate] headquarters," said Masibi.

In that investigation, allegations had been made regarding the relationship between Shabangu suspended public works director general Sam Vukela.

"The ICD investigation is proceeding and the issues there that are being considered include the allegations regarding the relationship between Mr Vukela and Mr Shabangu."

194 lease agreements

In his letter, Shabangu claimed that 194 lease agreements with the public works department were concluded without a tender process.

He said 73% of all lease agreements concluded by the department in Pretoria were through the negotiated bid process and not through tenders.

This was the same process followed with the police headquarters in the Pretoria Middestad, he said.

Shabangu asked Madonsela to look into the other leases to determine whether they all qualified for the negotiated bid process.

In October, Madonsela found that the procurement of two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban, involving Shabangu, were unlawful and that they amounted to maladministration. The leases were worth R1.6bn.

Following the report, President Jacob Zuma suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele and dismissed public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

  • Larry - 2011-12-09 07:42

    I hope that pretty soon he has a lot to complain about, in Court.

  • Marion - 2011-12-09 07:50

    Is he trying to justify that because so many others did not follow procedures that anything he may have done wrong is therefore okay? If I knew I hadn't done anything wrong I would keep my mouth shut and then after they find that I am innocent of any wrongdoing I would sue them all!

  • Juan - 2011-12-09 07:54

    Crime syndicate

  • Koos - 2011-12-09 07:55

    mmmmm..... what do we have to hide..... when there are no investigations.... all is fine.... but the moment there is one THEY always complain!!!!! thieving maaifoedies!

      procold2 - 2011-12-09 08:18

      Take the attention away from myself and hope the problem goes away

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-09 08:26

      LOL Koos. Someday somebody must tell me what a Maaifoedie is. Sounds really funny! Shabangu has a typical ANC mentality, like Maharaj, they want to steal but the moment their theft is questioned then they are innocent because the rest of the ANC is guilty of the same, so now how can they possibly be singled out as corrupt. The money is drying up now, so we can expect a lot more of this in coming years. First they stole from the people, then from each other and now the infighting will start.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-09 08:34

      @Ibhubesi A maaifoedie is someone who regularly uses the word "maaifoedie"

      Koos - 2011-12-09 09:05

      @ burtfart..... you always so chirpy in the mornings...... or are you part of the cast of grumpy old men... in your case women!

      Burtfred - 2011-12-09 10:19

      Judging by the thumbs downs I got, this post is crawling with budding maaifoedies.

  • Peter - 2011-12-09 08:01

    Ahhh Shame, he has been caught out now. It was wrong in the past, so it must stay wrong now? It was" you scratch my back, I scratch yours". Now he is not being scratched, he complains. As a business man he KNEW it was the incorrect way, but went ahead with it because he reaped the benefits big time at the tax payers expense, and he knew it, but did not care as he had the ANC in his back pocket. Typical of that attitute. In power so lets screw the public.

  • Herman - 2011-12-09 08:02

    Now, this I would recon should give her 100% more oomph to get this white collar criminal into a nice gray jail cell and take his commie criminal buddies in parliament with him. Go get him ladie!

  • Andre - 2011-12-09 08:24

    The arrogance of this thug. There ain't civilized word to describe it.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-09 08:25


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