Regulatory chair gets leave of absence over Krejcir bribe allegations

National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) chairperson Brenda Madumise was on Thursday put on leave of absence, following allegations that she received cash from Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

“The Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, MP, has placed the chairperson … on leave of absence with immediate effect following allegations that appeared in the media in November 2014,” department spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said in a statement.

“The minister would like to conclude this matter as soon as possible to protect the integrity of the chairperson and that of the NHBRC.”

Sisulu appointed Abbey Chikane as caretaker chairperson.

In November, the Mail & Guardian reported that Madumise admitted receiving R1-million in cash from Krejcir in 2009.


In an affidavit dated April 16 2011, Madumise admits she received R1-million in cash from Krejcir who, in exchange, allegedly expected to have his asylum application fast-tracked.

Responding to  amaBhungane at the time, Madumise insisted the funds were meant to be a donation and not meant for her.

“If information had been made available to me that the funds were meant to be part of any corrupt or opaque deal, I would have rejected the funds. I only acted in terms of the information that the money was a donation,” she said.

She did not disclose to whom the donation was to be made, but another affidavit in the file discloses that Krejcir initially tried to make a donation to the ANC through secretary general Gwede Mantashe, but was rebuffed.

The affidavits, five in total, appear to have formed part of the investigation of Krejcir associate George Louca, who stands accused of murdering Teazers boss Lolly Jackson almost five years ago.

Louca, who is standing trial under the name George Smith, was granted a postponement by the Palm Ridge regional court on Monday, in order to make representations to the National Prosecuting Authority. – Sapa, Staff Reporter

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Sapaxxxx
Guest Author

Related stories

Housing Consumers Protection Bill submission deadline looming

Stakeholders in the built environment must submit their written comments on the proposed Bill by 30 October.

ConCourt dismisses Xantha application

The Constitutional Court confirms that rental market developments must be enrolled with the NHBRC.

Building inspector registration category to protect public, boost sector professionalism

A registration category for building inspectors, aimed at protecting the public from substandard building practices, will be launched this month by the South African Council of Project and Construction Management Professionals.

Department of Human Settlements takes Housing Consumer Protection Bill to communities

The Department of Human Settlements is visiting communities in provinces across the country to allow public comment and participation in the formulation of the Housing Consumer Protection Bill.

NHBRC wins appeal against rental market developer

The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled against Xantha Properties 18, as homes being built for leasing and rental purposes must be enrolled with the NHBRC.

Walk the talk against GBV

Mr Ramaphosa, you have seen and listened. Now it is time to make SA safe for women
Advertising

Subscribers only

Free State branches gun for Ace

Parts of the provincial ANC will target their former premier, Magashule, and the Free State PEC in a rolling mass action campaign

SAA bailout raises more questions

As the government continues to grapple with the troubles facing the airline, it would do well to keep on eye on the impending Denel implosion

More top stories

Hawks swoop down with more arrests in R1.4-billion corruption blitz

The spate of arrests for corruption continues apace in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Catholic NGO boss accused of racism and abuse in Sudan

The aid worker allegedly called his security guard a ‘slave’

Agrizzi too ill to be treated at Bara?

The alleged crook’s “health emergency” — if that is what it is — shows up the flaws, either in our health system or in our leadership as a whole

SANDF hid R200m expenditure on ‘Covid’ drug it can’t use

Military health officials are puzzled by the defence department importing a drug that has not been approved for treating coronavirus symptoms from Cuba
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday