Calls for probe into new 'dubious' lease deal

2011-11-02 22:25

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance will ask Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe another "potential lease scandal" involving the public works department and businessman Roux Shabangu.

This follows revelations by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) to Parliament's police portfolio committee, DA spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard said on Wednesday.

Shabangu was named as the owner of a building secured by the department to be the ICD's new headquarters in Pretoria.

As with the SA Police Service lease deals scandal in which Shabangu was implicated, the rent for the ICD's premises "is reportedly grossly inflated", she said.

As a result, the ICD's total rental spending for the past financial year had increased by 400% from R4.2m to R15.6m.

According to reports, the cost of renting the building was not only outside the ICD's budget, but the premises were too large for the ICD's requirements, Kohler Barnard said.

"The ICD's total rental expenditure for the past financial year has increased by 400% as a result of the new Shabangu deal."

Shabangu's continued involvement

This had placed financial pressure on the ICD, hindering its ability to carry out its vital function of investigating complaints made against police members.

"Questions must be asked about Mr Shabangu's continued involvement in shady state deals, particularly given his reported connections to influential members of government, including President Jacob Zuma," she said.

In August, the DA laid criminal charges against Shabangu for his role in the recent police lease deal saga.

"In light of this latest dubious deal, I will not only be requesting an investigation by the public protector, but will also be writing to the Hawks to follow up on the progress of the investigation into Mr Shabangu," Kohler Barnard said.

Former public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde was sacked from Cabinet last week.

This came after Madonsela found that she had acted unlawfully in approving multimillion-rand lease agreements with Shabangu for police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban.

National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele was suspended at the same time.

Madonsela found his involvement in the procurement of the two leases unlawful and amounting to maladministration. The leases were worth R1.6bn.

  • henry.hattingh - 2011-11-02 22:57

    How is it possible for Roux Shabangu to still be riding the gravy train ?? Incredible !!!

      Vusi - 2011-11-02 23:13

      The mind boggles Henry. Do we have anyone left in this government that isn't stealing? But as we have seen history repeat itself over the last few weeks. All they have to do before every election is drive into the informal settlements and promise the people houses and services and back they are in power to steal for a few more years. How did we get from Nelson Mandela to this?

      John - 2011-11-02 23:26

      ANC = Association of National Criminals = Abortion Murder Genocide

      Daniel - 2011-11-03 08:05

      What I cannot understand is that this man is obviously dodgy, WHY has he not been blacklisted and all his deals scrutinized. Obviously someone is getting a backhander !!

  • Vusi - 2011-11-02 23:05

    The other political parties keep pointing out this gross mismanagement of state funds (rightfully so) But when are they going to start demanding that these repeat offenders like Shabangu are brought to justice, and not only him but just about everybody that carries a tag saying ANC?????? Surely this must now rank as the MOST CORRUPT government anywhere in the world? The stealing has gone ballistic and out of control. Where is the Auditor General? Why do have a government department called the Auditor General if they can't audit the state spending and ask questions about state departments and their spending frenzy Or should I rather say stealing frenzy?

      Christelle - 2011-11-02 23:15

      Vusi, it just appears as if nobody gives a damn anymore - we constantly hear about the requests for investigations into irregular spending, and that is exactly where it stops - (oh, and should you not be studying:-))

      Vusi - 2011-11-02 23:25

      Hahahaha....I'm done studying for the day, but I can't sleep until I have had my daily go at the ANC!!!

      New - 2011-11-03 06:57

      Why do people still vote for this criminals.

      Jacques - 2011-11-03 07:23

      @new fears inflated by the anc. that if they vote for another party they will: 1. be thrown back into apartheid 2. not get free hoses 3. upset the ancestors 4. not go to heaven 5 have to give back the yellow tshirt

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-02 23:10

    Down with the corrupt ANC, down! Floyd should go to jail.....

      Phuti - 2011-11-03 05:16

      A quick reminder is tht the whole problems were caused by apartheid.

      Dave - 2011-11-03 05:59

      Thats a good sheep Phuti, repeat the party excuse, vote ANCorrupt again in the next election. Even you must think it is now a bit thin , even if half the accsations are true. But as a good ANCorrupt sheep let the world know what you are.

      New - 2011-11-03 07:19

      @Phuti When will you stop blaming apartheid. The sooner you learn it is over and gone and time for a new beginning the sooner you will move on. The people must stop voting for these criminals just because of the struggle. Nobody says you must forget, but don't you think its time to forgive? Its OK to vote for another party who could give us all a future. There's no snowballs chance in hell that apartheid will return. Don't you think it is a bit unfair for the children to be punished for the sins of their fathers.

      Albert - 2011-11-03 08:09

      Apartheid,Phuti ,is the best thing that could have happened to all you crooks.It gave you the excuse to steal and plunder.Its also going to be your ultimate demise.It must be hard for you to find alternative excuses for your backward culture.

      Had - 2011-11-03 08:33

      I think Phuti is talking tongue in cheek & pulling our chains as only a raving lunatic would make such a statement.

  • Christelle - 2011-11-02 23:10

    As a result, the ICD's total rental spending for the past financial year had increased by 400% from R4.2m to R15.6m. Government departments and entities last year racked up irregular spending of R21.1bn Deputy Auditor General Kimi Makwetu said on Wednesday. I just cannot understand this - and people are standing behind Malema in nationalisation demands - Do you realise that the very government who is so merrily wasting tax payers money, will be responsible for the governance of the mines, and what ever else it is you want to nationalise. Can you imagine who much money they will then be able to make dissappear. Do you know how many jobs could have been created, how many houses could have been build, how the poor could have been helped? I actually have no idea why I even bother mentioning this, as nothing comes of what anybody says and nothing comes of any investigation into our corrupt, corrupt, corrupt government.

      Vusi - 2011-11-02 23:20

      Christelle, I'm going to pull your leg, so don't get mad. What time is there now? About 4.30 in the afternoon? Go get some burgers, put your feet up, sip a Budweiser and get a bit tipsy. Then get Craig to massage your feet and when you are done with all of that,DON'T log on here for a week, because our News will just depress you!

      Christelle - 2011-11-03 00:42

      Haha Vusi - that sounds like a brilliant idea:-)

      Richard - 2011-11-03 02:38

      Haha, So true to all the above. Just glad Malema hasn't picked up on the Pharmaceutical and medical industries which turn over almost double what the mines do.

  • Epher - 2011-11-02 23:23

    will these idiots never learn, I guess not, seeing as they are above the law!

  • Vusi - 2011-11-02 23:58

    I think what I must do is the following. As soon as the exams are over, I must start a petition. All of my allies on here sign the petition and share it with as many of your friends as you possibly can. You guys know how SARS advertises that they will put us in jail if we don't pay our taxes? We should send then a petition and DEMAND that proper audits are done by independent auditing firms like KPMG and if within a set time, say 6 months, we don't get thorough auditing reports about what is being done with the tax payers money, all business stops paying over VAT and those of the citizens that are paying PAYE stop paying tax. We can't go on like this. Something has to be done. For me this isn't about building free houses for people, because that didn't work in the communist countries that have since become capitalist countries, but about spending our tax money to maintain the country. WE CAN'T GO ON PAYING TAXES FOR THESE THIEVES TO STEAL US BLIND AND LAUGH AT ALL OF US.

      Vusi - 2011-11-03 00:05

      I will devote my whole holiday and walk from business to business in Gauteng, get all my buddies involved, and we will get this petition signed. We get News24 to help us spread the news and raise HELL!!!!!

      Vusi - 2011-11-03 00:25

      Since my last post, I have woken up some law students. They will check with Law Faculty in the morning but we think the following. If a reputable law firm, like Werksmans, is appointed to receive the tax money in a Trust Account on behalf of the citizens, then SARS can't arrest anybody for tax evasion.

      jon.poole2 - 2011-11-03 00:44

      Bloody good idea, it may even work!

      Vusi - 2011-11-03 00:45

      We as the Youth Of South Africa, excluding the thugs that are running after Malema, are now demanding that this country is saved from total bankruptcy. WE REFUSE TO INHERIT THIS MESS. WE WILL NOT ALLOW ANOTHER ZIMBABWE. WE DEMAND A BETTER FUTURE FOR OURSELVES AND FOR OUR KIDS TO COME. THE STEALING STOPS NOW!!!!!!!!!

      Vusi - 2011-11-03 01:08

      We have now done some calculations here. We believe that the tax base of this country is the DA. No sane person will vote for the ANC and allow these conniving thieves to come in election after election. The constituency of the ANC are 99% unemployed people, who haven't got enough education to know that all these promises are a load of rubbish. The other 1% of the ANC constituency are the actual thieves. How much longer are we going to sit back and allow uneducated people to determine our future? If we get the DA and Big Business behind us, we have the real money behind our plight. Does this make sense to any of you?

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2011-11-03 01:32

      Brilliant idea, Vusi - and backed up with a workable solution. Please get all your ingo together and write your own Blog on News24. I think you willgain a lot of support.

      Juan - 2011-11-03 03:14

      Good one Vusi, SA can do with a whole lot more Vusis and fewer Malemas. You understand how the people of the country are really empowered, by spending our hard-eatned tax money on the people, not by stealing property or our tax money. I know there are many, many more black people like you and it's time to step forward and speak out.

      Annalise - 2011-11-03 07:01

      Well done Vusi. I am right behind you. How about we join your FB page to get our contact details to you ? I will help administrate if you like ?

      Albert - 2011-11-03 08:17

      Let`s go Vusi.i am in.

      Had - 2011-11-03 08:50

      Well done Vusi. It seems as if your idea has a lot of support. Anelise's offer to assist is commendable. Not one day goes by without another report of corruption or incompetence by the Government. You have 4 years before the next elections to get support (unless the country becomes a 1 party state before then). You definitely have my support. Go for it & good luck in mobilising the silent majority.

      Vusi - 2011-11-03 08:57

      Thanks you guys I really appreciate your support.

      Thabang - 2011-11-15 17:21

      Sorry to burst your buble but u would need more than a R100 mil to take on the state...jus saying...But great idea nevertheless. It would be better though to set realaistic goals like suggesting that the governement put up an independent company tasked to deall with all gvt tenders which r more than R10 mil...The company must be directly accountable to the people and not the ANC

  • Thabo - 2011-11-03 00:20

    Well done DA!!!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-11-03 03:37

    Afrcan national corruptors bunch of vultures

  • Lionbern - 2011-11-03 05:58

    To make your day, the problems of Greece and Portugal will be like a tea party event in comparison with what WILL happen here! Give us strength!

  • Kevin - 2011-11-03 06:42

    What is wrong with the anc still doing business with Shabangu after the Cele saga

      Annalise - 2011-11-03 07:06

      It would be interesting to look at his payroll....

  • Johan - 2011-11-03 07:01

    maybe they should check out how many buildings he has and to who he leases them. Then you may get to the bottom of it. over, klaar.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-11-03 07:22

    The structure of the 'Xhosa Nostra" is becoming clearer by the day... Roux Shabangu may not be 'The Don' but he is quite high up the food chain.. BTW, am I the only one who is cynical enough to suspect that the real reason for Tokyo's continued support of Malema is because as long as he keeps spouting the Nationalisation drivel, the mining shares will be depressed, allowing TS to buy the shares up at a bargain?

      Annalise - 2011-11-03 07:35

      I am also cynical Frans. Amazing how the "Dons" keep popping up.

      Vusi - 2011-11-03 09:01

      You know Frans, this issue has been puzzling me for weeks now! I am so glad you have brought that up, because now his insanity starts making sense to me.

  • Ubabamkhulu - 2011-11-03 07:35

    Sganja Please work on your schedules today. See if you can get to important milestones in your project, seeing that you are a Project Manager at ABSA. ABSA is the most expensive bank in SA, include a task in your schedule that looks at cost saving initiatives. Please give us one day of peace on News24's blog without your stupid comments.

  • Shanna - 2011-11-03 08:16

    Nail them DA.....

  • Carol - 2011-11-03 09:26

    surely not only the minister and Cele should have been "punished" for the police deal - how many other leases is Shabangu involved in for goodness sake

  • Kevin - 2011-11-03 10:00

    No one in the World as ever done lucrative lease deals like Shabangu. Stop this man dealing with government and thoroughly investigate him . Nail all Thugs

  • THABOM85 - 2011-11-03 10:19

    Ever wondered who funds the ANC's election campaigns and all this lavish parties they keep on throwing? This dodgy deals are just an investment for the ANC, as this is the very same money that's going to be used during campaings. Next year is the elective conference in Mangaung, one way or the other Roux will contribute a small fortune towards it.

  • Richard - 2011-11-15 16:53


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