Shabangu denies ownership of ICD offices

2011-11-23 17:35

Cape Town - Empowerment property tycoon Roux Shabangu has denied owning a building leased to the Independent Complaints Directorate for far more than it can afford, but may have passed on his share to a business partner.

The chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on police, Sindi Chikunga, said on Wednesday she had received a message from Shabangu asking to appear before MPs to set the record straight in the growing controversy over the ICD headquarters lease.

This had not happened because his note reached her only on Tuesday, leaving no time to make arrangements, Chikunga said.

She said she had not been convinced that Shabangu had cause to appear before the committee because there was no proof that he was involved, but mere media "rumours" to that effect.

However, ICD chief executive Francois Beukman told the committee he was surprised to receive a letter from Shabangu in recent days saying he was no longer the owner of the City Forum office block at 114 Vermeulen Street in Pretoria.

Change in ownership

"We received a letter indicating that he is indeed not the owner of this building."

Public works deputy director general for assets, Sasa Suddan, told MPs the City Forum office belonged to Shabangu's company Majestic Silver Trading and said the department was not aware that it had changed hands.

"We have not been informed that there has been a change in ownership or anything of that nature," she said.

"We suspect that the consortium and perhaps Mr Shabangu has a percentage in terms of shareholder capacity here.... So he has perhaps sold his shares in that company to the individual who was mentioned as Mr Van Niekerk."

Shabangu is widely reported to have been in business with a Japie van Niekerk.

The lease for the City Forum building is being investigated by both the Special Investigating Unit and, at the request of the Democratic Alliance and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Beukman confirmed on Wednesday that the ICD has had to ask the National Treasury for an additional R36.4m over the next three financial years to cover the escalating rent of its headquarters.
‘Compulsory’ move

He came under fire from MPs for failing to get clarity on the cost of the lease but, as he did while being grilled by the committee last week, blamed public works.

Beukman said the department forced the ICD into the lease in January last year but at the same time failed to inform it of the onerous conditions, including a rent bill of R10.6m a year.

Instead of sending the ICD a copy of the lease, public works sent a letter to the police watchdog, saying it was "compulsory" to move into City Forum.

It added that, should it not do so, "wasteful expenditure will be incurred as DPW [the department of public works] will not have a justification for securing other buildings and ignoring existing commitments".

Beukman said: "The DPW did not in this case indicate the initial cost implications of the City Forum building to the ICD."

He said the building had already been leased by public works by the time the ICD was asked to move into it, therefore the watchdog body had no hand in the procurement process.

The department's chief operating officer Butcher Matutle shocked MPs by saying that although he had tried to obtain facts and figures from officials involved in concluding the lease, he could not vouch for their accuracy.

"There are very serious problems," he conceded.

"The procurement processes at public works, particularly in terms of leasing, are fundamentally flawed. They need a complete overhaul."

  • ServaasD - 2011-11-23 17:40

    Deny, Deny, Deny.. Lie, Lie, Lie.. This should be the new motto for the ANC and these ANC TENDER BRIGADE TYCOONS.

      joeballito - 2011-11-23 18:03

      @ siyanda: HUH??? DUHHH....

      Siyanda_Ngobetha - 2011-11-23 18:08

      Wanting to hear it from the horses mouth.

      Impi - 2011-11-23 18:26

      @Siyanda. Read this article and then you will see the White Supremacists are in bed with the Black Supremacists. Are you one of the lucky Black Supremacists? If not forget the argument and focus on relevant issues of concern.

      Gungets - 2011-11-23 18:42

      @Siyanda - why do you want to talk about nothing else. Compensate for your failings much?

      emile.marais - 2011-11-23 19:16

      Siyanda, you do know that by assumption you are being racist yourself. What do you want to know about white supremacy? I'm sure you have the answers to your questions already?

      emile.marais - 2011-11-23 19:33

      Ah, and now I know who you are. Racism (n) 1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. 2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race. So by the definition of the word 'racist' I believe your assumptions can imply that you are in fact, a racist. Or does the word 'racist' have a different meaning according to you?

      emile.marais - 2011-11-23 19:59

      Racism is the belief that inherent different traits in human racial groups justify discrimination. In the modern English language, the term "racism" is used predominantly as a pejorative epithet. It is applied especially to the practice or advocacy of racial discrimination of a pernicious nature (i.e. which harms particular groups of people), and which is often justified by recourse to racial stereotyping or pseudo-science. Modern usage often equates "racism" and "racial discrimination" and defines the latter term only as applying to pernicious practices. Differential treatment of racial groups that is intended to ameliorate past discrimination, rather than to harm, goes by other names (e.g. affirmative action); the characterization of this practice as "racism", "racial discrimination" or "reverse discrimination" is normally only done by its opponents, and typically implies a belief in the harmful nature of the practice with respect to the groups not receiving assistance. - continued below

      emile.marais - 2011-11-23 20:00

      Racism is popularly associated with various activities that are illegal or commonly considered harmful, such as extremism, hatred, xenophobia, (malignant or forced) exploitation, separatism, racial supremacy, mass murder (for the purpose of genocide), genocide denial, vigilantism (hate crimes, terrorism), etc. "Racism" and "racial discrimination" are often used to describe discrimination on an ethnic or cultural basis, independent of their somatic (i.e. "racial") differences. According to the United Nations conventions, there is no distinction between the term racial discrimination and ethnicity discrimination. Still seems to me that according to Wikipedia's definition of 'racist' you still qualify as one.

      Ronald - 2011-11-23 21:33

      "Emile, only white people can be racist in a world dominated by white supremacy such as this one". This statement makes any response to Siyands's question irrelevant, as it shows that he has closed his ears, mind and intellect to whatever response might be forthcoming. Due to his racist and warped views it probably seems that when black and white people seem to find common ground, it must be a conspiracy by the white supremacists or the people in question must have been paid or pressurised to act in such a fashion. Siyanda will never allow people just to be people.

      sjaanbuchel - 2011-11-23 22:32

      Now you know why they need the new Info bill. All these embarresing little adventures can then be swept under the table, while they plunder the country bare.

      emile.marais - 2011-11-24 00:46

      Ronald agree there with you. It seems to be a sin to see people, just as people.

  • Merle - 2011-11-23 18:26

    No, that's fine then…..

  • braamc - 2011-11-23 18:32

    Passed on ownership quickly, leased signed, money in the bank - filthy thieving criminal. Sure Public works signed more deals with the do*os

      Ronald - 2011-11-23 21:34

      The hottest coals are dropped the quickest.

  • Shoe - 2011-11-23 19:17

    Theiving, lying, and denying. And then more thieving, lying, and denying.

      Siyanda_Ngobetha - 2011-11-23 19:24

      Eish racism is terrible.

      emile.marais - 2011-11-23 19:39

      Pray tell (insert alias here) Siyanda, what am I, as a white male, the main antagonist of the world's people to do to stop white supremacy? My death. My isolation? I'm really interested in knowing what your solution to the eradication of white supremacy is.

      Siyanda_Ngobetha - 2011-11-23 19:55

      You have no intentions of eradicating the system of white supremacy.

      emile.marais - 2011-11-23 20:02

      Neither do you Siyanda. Why dodge my question?

      berni.venter - 2011-11-23 20:34

      @emile.marais Stop trying to reason with the faceless one... no balls to even use it's own name or show it's face! Wonder who's paying it to stir?

      Godfrey - 2011-11-23 21:16

      @Berni LOL he/she does not know how to insert a pic the bloody agent

      Ronald - 2011-11-23 21:41

      Emile, see, told you so. In the past I had mentioned that people like Siyanda could learn from the women in this country how to grow a set of short and hairies, or balls, if Siyanda does not understand the expression, as the women stand up for what they believe in without hiding behind aliases or innuendos. Makes me wonder who the stronger sex is, Siyanda.

  • Irene - 2011-11-23 22:00

    Siyanda the troll ~ You're black, live with it. Why not see a shrink to help you come to terms with it instead of blaming whites for the colour of your skin and mentality?

      braamc - 2011-11-24 06:03

      Well said Irene. I asked the racist bitch on a previous occasion why so desperately wants to be "white"

  • Gail - 2011-11-24 10:15

    up, he has taken the money and put it in an oversease chinese bank account so probably thinks this makes him innocent. We need Andre Gouws to set up a hit on him.

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