Protector accepts ministry's late response

2011-08-17 20:28

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday said she accepted a response to findings made on the police headquarters lease report from the public works ministry despite it being submitted late.

The deadline was Monday but the ministry submitted its response on Wednesday, Madonsela said.

She said she had accepted the response and would examine it.

The public protector's office made its findings and now it had to make sure that the problem was resolved, Madonsela said.

"We [public protector's office] make a finding...We monitor the process of the action plan and we engage with all parties and assist them to make sure all things are remedied."

Madonsela released her first report, "Against the Rules", in February which found a multimillion-rand lease for new Pretoria SAPS headquarters to be unlawful and invalid.

A second report was released in July on the lease of Durban's Transnet Building to police, titled "Against the Rules Too".

In the report, Madonsela recommended that President Jacob Zuma take action against Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde for failing to co-operate with a probe into the two controversial building leases.

She said Mahlangu-Nkabinde's failure to co-operate with the investigation amounted to improper conduct and she should explain her actions to the Cabinet within 60 days.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde had "failed to meet the requisite stewardship as was expected of her", Madonsela said.

It was also recommended that action be taken against national police commissioner General Bheki Cele for his role in renting a building from property tycoon Roux Shabangu, with a 10-year lease worth R1.16 billion.

  • brendaninsa - 2011-08-17 21:29

    if a taxi dose not have to pay toll's then i don't. And i wont

      Shukran - 2011-08-18 11:05

      That is relevant to this how?

  • blanco_pta - 2011-08-17 23:00

    as if there is something praiseworthy in their response. i bet the response is open-ended that the PP will have to re-engage them for precision. another delay tactic to prolong the finalisation.

  • verstom - 2011-08-18 04:20

    I am sure Thuli was called by Zoomer and told that she will be killed or fired if she do not change her findings.FKN cANCer mafia pieces of sh1t

  • psebetlela - 2011-08-18 10:15

    imagine if the president had to fire pple as soon as the allegations are made and printed on newspapers?...ds is nt a kangaroo gvnmnt, there are reports,procedures&processes to be followd and de president is nt js idlin waitin 4 allegations 2b made so he cn respond in 2 days,hes gt other commitments.pple must be reasonable nw.

  • athenagt - 2011-08-18 14:08

    the President is as corrupt as they are! the whole government is! how do you expect him to fire someone when he is also corrupt? they are all the same!!!!!

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