Report was flawed, says Cele

2011-02-24 10:09

A defiant National Police Commissioner General Bheki this morning slammed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on a R500-million police building contract, saying it was “legally and factually” flawed.

Cele also fired verbal salvos at Special Investigating Unit head Willie Hofmeyr and former deputy national police commissioner Hamilton Hlela.

He questioned the legality of Hofmeyr’s involvement in Madonsela’s probe and asked why Hofmeyr “distanced himself from her report” at Tuesday’s press conference.

Cele lambasted Hlela, the police’s former head of procurement who gave evidence to Madonsela and told her he (Hlela) was “unwilling to question the decisions and instructions of the National Commissioner (Cele)”.

Cele accused Hlela of signing off a tender for the manufacturing of police clothing with one company after police management decided they would support broad-based BEE by asking multiple vendors to supply uniforms.

He also claimed Hlela entered into an irregular R1-billion tender in the Eastern Cape and that he bought equipment different to that which the police decided on for the Fifa World Cup.

Cele said he was taking legal advice on possible action against Madonsela for implicating him in unlawful and irregular behaviour.

“Since the Public Protector commenced her investigation I have been subjected to untrue allegations being levelled against me in the media, which suggested that I was responsible for signing the lease for the Sanlam Middestad building and that I had an improper relationship with Mr Roux Shabangu (the building’s owner).

“This amounted to the media running a parallel process, and in once instance that I am aware of having access to documents to which I was not given access,” Cele said.Cele stressed that he relied on other “functionaries” in the police to make sure processes are followed.

“The SAPS is considering the full final report and is obtaining advice and will consider what is an appropriate way forward.”

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