Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Public Protector Roasts Police Commissioner Over Building

Well that was the headline I read today in the print version of the Star Newspaper :)


Public Protector finds Cele guilty
23 February 2011 – Sapa

Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele was guilty of improper conduct and maladministration when the police authorised a R500 million lease for the Sanlam Middestad Building in Pretoria, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found on Tuesday.

Briefing media in Pretoria, Madonsela initially referred only to  “the accounting officer” of the SA Police Service (SAPS) as being guilty of improper conduct.

Asked who this was, Madonsela said Cele, as head of the police, was the accounting officer.

She found that the accounting officer of the Public Works Department was also guilty of improper conduct and maladministration.

Madonsela found the lease between the Public Works Department and property tycoon Roux Shabangu’s Roux Property Fund was invalid.

In her report, titled Against the Rules, she asked for a National Treasury review to establish what steps could be taken to terminate the lease.

She said that although Cele did not sign the actual lease, he did sign a memorandum dated May 10, 2010, which authorised funding for the lease.
The lease was ultimately signed by the Public Works Department.

Madonsela said Cele’s conduct breached the Constitution, the Public Finance Management Act, Treasury regulations and supply chain management rules and policies.

Cele was required by his position to “ensure that goods and services are procured in accordance with a system that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective”.

“This conduct was improper, unlawful and amounted to maladministration,” she said. (Click here to read the rest of the news report)



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I wonder where this ape (after all, a monkey came from England...) will be promoted to next?

Every day I get more and more "die moer in".

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