July 15, 2011
(RTTNews) – South Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday accused the country’s police chief Gen. Bheki Cele of “maladministration” and improper conduct in the procurement of leases for police office space in the eastern port city of Durban.
In her report, Madonsela alleged that the police buildings in Durban was leased for a ten-year period at inflated prices from Roux Property Fund, owned by politically well-connected real estate magnate Roux Shabangu.
Madonsela admitted that her team failed to find any evidence of criminality in the lease deal for the new police headquarters in Durban. She, however, insisted that the 1.16-billion rand deal, which she claimed at least three times the market rate for the building, was “illegitimate” and unlawful.”
She also urged President Jacob Zuma to take action against Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde over the inflated lease agreement, pointing out that the pair was ultimately responsible for the “fatally flawed” deal.
“The failure of the national Commissioner to ensure that the procurement process complied with the said legal requirements… resulted in the invalid conclusion of the lease agreement to the detriment of the state, and therefore constituted maladministration,” she was quoted as saying in the 132-page report…Read more.