Criminal charges laid in police lease scandal

2011-08-07 19:07

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance has laid criminal charges against four people implicated in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's reports into leases for new police headquarters, the party said on Sunday.

Charges were laid on Friday against police chief General Bheki Cele, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, businessman Roux Shabangu, and Public Works Director General Siviwe Dongwana, DA federal chairperson Wilmot James and justice and constitutional development spokesperson Debbie Schafer said in a statement.

In her reports, Madonsela found the lease agreements for the police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban were improper and invalid.

Last month, she said the Durban lease would have been worth R1.16bn over 10 years, and that of the Middestad Building in Pretoria, R604m over the same period.


James and Schafer said the charges laid against Cele were brought under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the Government Immovable Asset Management Act.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde had been accused of contravening the Public Protector Act by failing to co-operate with the public protector and continuing to implement the lease agreements.

The DA said it had also laid charges against her and Shabangu under the Intimidation Act for their treatment of Dongwana.

The party had laid charges against him for allegedly contravening PFMA and Treasury regulations by failing to report to the Treasury and the auditor general the reasons for deviating from a competitive tender process.

"We have waited for the president [Jacob Zuma] to take appropriate action, but after a long silence all that has been forthcoming was an announcement on Friday that he would submit his 'preliminary response' to the National Assembly next Friday, and that he believes there are 'some aspects that ... need further clarity'," said James and Schafer.

Zuma ‘accepts’ report

Although Zuma expressed support for Chapter Nine institutions and his commitment to transparency and good governance, he failed to act accordingly, they said.

Zuma has reportedly accepted the protector's findings on the two leases and a recommendation of remedial action

The Sunday Tribune reported that he did so in a letter to Madonsela, according to her spokesperson Kgalelo Masibi.

Madonsela was "happy" with the response, but had urged Zuma to take action.

She told the Sunday Tribune, she expected Parliament to play an oversight role if no action was taken.

Masibi said Madonsela expected Zuma to "weigh the transgression and decide on the remedial action to be taken within a reasonable time frame".

She had given the department of public works and the police 30 days to submit action plans to her office and 60 days to implement remedial actions.

  • AlrightyThen - 2011-08-07 19:19

    Go DA! Rip em a new one!

      James Weather - 2011-08-07 20:23

      Its a shame the lack of accountability... They all need to leave public office and have nothing more to do with state funds! ... and maybe some jail time!

      Floyd_Shivambu - 2011-08-07 22:22

      Please DA! always pressing charges against this and that but nothing constructive to win over supporters. at least the ANC has speeches and tells us what they are doing to improve our lifes. what does the DA do? nothing but complain, moan and point fingers. Suka Wena DA

      Carbon - 2011-08-08 08:11

      Floyd, you said it yourself, all the ANC is doing, is talking, while opposition is taking action. The ANC promise, opposition deliver.

      Dominic - 2011-08-08 08:24

      Next scene in the South Africa Comedy: The opposition governs (somebody has to).

  • Sheda Hab - 2011-08-07 19:30

    SHOOT TO KILL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING BACK THE DEATH SENTENCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I WAS A COP WITH CELE IN MY SIGHTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Carbon - 2011-08-08 08:12

      There is no reason to kill the guy.

  • Slapper - 2011-08-07 19:40

    Its about the only thing that will get things moving. If we have to wait for Zuma and the ANC, hell will freeze over first. Maybe this will get a result, just maybe.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-08-07 19:43

    Unfortunately Madonsela is unlikely to survive with this government in power where honesty does not pay and and corruption is rewarded by no punishment for the 'faithful.' We should all concentrate on protecting the Protector which is a bad pun, for Madonsela's honesty is a rare commodity in the new South Africa. Keep it going while you can Madonsela.

      tryanything - 2011-08-07 19:54

      I will neffer be Arrestet Finish En Klaar.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-07 21:23

    Well done to the public protector! Go DA! Blast the cowboy-arrogant-incompetent-Cele and JZ's cronies!

  • Yankee - 2011-08-07 22:09

    I have summed-up this whole situation and have concluded that the final sentences to the wrongdoers will be as follows: CELE - SA Ambassador to JAPAN MAHLANGU NKABINDE - SA Ambassador to LIBYA SHABANGU - SA Ambassador to SWAZILAND DONGWANA - SA Ambassador to ZIMBABWE. The president will dismiss the accusations against these persons as being trivial and will close the subject ala arms deal.Finish and Klaar. MAHLANGU-NKABINDE -

  • ProudofPink - 2011-08-07 22:20

    Does anyone know when Selebi starts his jail time and why he hasn't got his orange suit on yet?

      Creeky - 2011-08-08 09:01

      Orange JUMP-suit by LOXION.....

  • Babba x - 2011-08-08 08:06

    Viva DA. We also want to see action against the Armsdeal scandal, Julius for tender irregularities, lease agreements for empty government buildings and ANC Youthday party. I will pay a membershipo fee to support the DA and see that justice is done. Our tax money is used to fill the pockets of ANC cronies!!! JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-08-08 09:21

    If the Government seems unable, or unwilling, to take action in this sort of case, it is up to us, the taxpayers, to take up the fight. Power to the people!

  • carinx - 2011-08-08 11:22

    Zuma's response to matters is like a person on slow strike. He can't respond faster because he has to be so careful of not stepping on the toes of his partners in crime - which are so densely woven, it represents that of a huge spider's web. Shame I wonder how much sleep he gets at night, no wonder he's got so many children!

  • zs5zk - 2011-08-08 13:21

    """Does anyone know when Selebi starts his jail time and why he hasn't got his orange suit on yet?""" Don`t tell me that PR!CK is still enjoying freedom,Good Grief !!!!!!!!

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