Probe into dubious ICD lease underway

2011-11-17 19:01

Cape Town - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office has started its probe into the ICD's lease deal with controversial businessman Roux Shabangu.

"It [the investigation] has started today [Thursday]," Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said on Thursday.

Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard asked Madonsela on November 2 to investigate after the Independent Complaints Directorate briefed Parliament's police portfolio committee.

It was revealed then that the cost of renting the building was not only outside the ICD's budget, but the premises was too large for the ICD's requirements.

In a statement on Thursday, Kohler Barnard said: "As with the SA Police Service lease deal scandal in which Mr Shabangu was implicated, the rent for the ICD's premises is reportedly grossly inflated.

"The department of public works recommended that the ICD sign a R880 000 a month lease for a property owned by Shabangu's company to house its Pretoria headquarters."

This was double the cost of the monthly rental for the building initially proposed by the ICD, which would have cost just under R420 000 a month, Kohler Barnard said.

  • Christelle - 2011-11-17 19:22

    One can get away with illegal/irregular dealings and activities for only so long. Eventually it bites you in the butt.

  • Tom - 2011-11-17 19:25

    Why bother - nothing has been done about the corrupt police leases?

      Christelle - 2011-11-17 19:27

      I think a lot of us often feel like you - but we have to carry on questioning - silence only means condoning.

  • braamc - 2011-11-17 19:32

    So we will investigate, investigate, all costs money because of these thieving corrupt ANC hateful bastards. Why should my tax money not only get stolen, they born corrupt filthy thieves!

  • Robi - 2011-11-17 20:16

    It clearly showing that corruption is part of service delivery. There is no commitment from the above. It seems as everybody is up there for personal gains. As a results of this , resources of the country in high risk. Soon, SA will change to be more dependent from other countries for basic neccessities. It is scary and untolerable.

  • Robert - 2011-11-17 20:23

    Robert Gumede is his pal. Sorry this goes deeper. Realy wake up. Robert needs Cash. I know

  • Johana - 2011-11-17 21:45

    And why is this woman wasting our time? Last two cases are proof the she is completely incompetent for the job. In both cases (Midvaal, Malema) she found criminal activities, but had no action or recomendations. In prevois case, with the police chief handing out poor's money to the BEE 'buissniessman', chief was 'sentenced' with the unlimited leave with full pay and benefits paid, buissniessman was left with two buildings fully paid with the money stolen form the poor. 'Midvaaal' case left us with unfinished report and promise from DA that they would 'act'. Funny, why they would? DA memeber is left rich with money stolen from the poor. This woman does not find anything wrong with that. In 'Malema' case there is a confession form the 'public protector' that tenders are done in the way that money is stolen from the poor to be given to Malema, and should stay like that, this woman say that it is fine if Malema steals from teh poor. It is the time to scrap this 'public' protector and bring back independent unit that can do investigation and prosecution according to law and Constitution. This farce of 'public protector' should be taken to court for abusing the power given to her to protect criminals.

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