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Shabangu 'offered R50m to walk away'

2012-02-26 11:38

Johannesburg - Businessman Roux Shabangu has claimed that he was offered R50m by former public works minister Geoff Doidge to walk away from the R500m police building lease debacle, media reported on Sunday.

Shabangu made the claim in an affidavit filed at the North Gauteng High Court this week, in a bid to save the lease contract, City Press and the Sunday Independent reported.

He said he refused to abandon the lease.

He blames Doidge and the department of public works for jeopardising a R220m financing deal with Nedbank to buy the building.

The lease, worth R500m, was cancelled after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that it was awarded without being put out to tender and that the behaviour of police chief Bheki Cele and Doidge's successor, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, was irregular and unlawful.

Both Cele and Mahlangu-Nkabinde have been suspended.

Shabangu's affidavit claims suspended public works director general Siviwe Dongwana told Nedbank that the department would go ahead with the deal, irrespective of the outcome of investigations by Madonsela and the Special Investigating Unit.

Public Works official Mokgaetji Tlolane told Shabangu that the department would not go out to tender on the deal as office space was needed urgently, City Press reported the affidavit as saying.

Shabangu said the deal was signed without the involvement of Cele.