Cele nailed – again

2011-07-14 14:26

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found that national police commissioner General Bheki Cele acted unlawful and irregular – again.

Madonsela released her report into the police’s R1-billion leasing agreement with Roux Property Fund for a Durban building today.

The report finds that Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde deviated from their fiduciary duties when they procured and negotiated the building.

She has given Mahlangu-Nkabinde 60 days to report to Cabinet on her actions and asked President Jacob Zuma to consider taking the necessary steps against her.

Madonsela has also asked Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to investigate Cele and other police officials who were involved in procuring the Durban building from businessman Roux Shabangu’s company.

Madonsela said she found no evidence of criminality in her investigation, but still found it strange that Shabangu was involved in both the Pretoria and Durban deals.

Shabangu originally said through his lawyer that he was a personal friend of Zuma, but later retracted the statement.

Asked whether she would resign if her recommendations are not implemented by Zuma and the Cabinet, Madonsela said no.

She has lot of other investigations to conduct and would even be willing to go to court or Parliament if adequate steps aren’t taken, she said.

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