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Bheki Cele fired

2012-06-12 16:08

Johannesburg - General Bheki Cele has been dismissed as national police chief, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"I have decided to release General Cele from his duties," Zuma told reporters in Pretoria.

He referred to the board of inquiry mandated to establish whether Cele acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with business tycoon Roux Shabangu - one for a building in Pretoria, another for a building in Durban.

"The board has found General Cele to be unfit for office and has recommended his removal from office in terms of the provisions of section 8(6)(b)(v) of the South African Police Service Act No. 68 of 1995," said Zuma.

"Having thoroughly considered the report of the board, and applied my mind thereto, I have decided to release General Cele from his duties.

"General Cele still has a lot to contribute to the country given his experience and commitment to making South Africa a better place for all each day," said Zuma.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Cele's that involvement in deals to acquire police office space was "improper, unlawful, and amounted to maladministration".

She said while Cele had not signed the final lease, he had initiated negotiations with Shabangu, and had seemed determined to secure the leases despite warnings against them.

Comments
  • Omrisho - 2012-06-12 16:09

    yoh... it lives

      Squeegee - 2012-06-12 16:16

      Zuma also announced the discovery of Gold on the Witwatersrand and the introduction of the decimal system. Sometime next year he will address the problem of rising acid water.

      Lulama - 2012-06-12 16:25

      Good news for once

      benn.sadie - 2012-06-12 18:00

      Wow!, the third time he has applied his mind this year. He must be exhausted

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-06-12 18:32

      LOLOLOLOL. Yeah Siyanda, I believe you are still standing in the station, and the train has left.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-12 18:59

      Siyanda, you are right, you don't get me or it.

      Kyle - 2012-06-13 08:47

      Stomach in, chest out... Woman in, Bheki out!

  • eil33nn - 2012-06-12 16:10

    Ok, bub-bye!

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-06-12 16:11

    why did zuma take so long to fire him? anyway good riddance. our police fore needs an over haul

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-06-12 16:21

      Now the next task for Jacob The Spear Zuma: must just fire himself and we will be one step closer to a solution.

      Pamella - 2012-06-12 16:28

      hahaaaaaaaaaa you've made my day!

      sachasea - 2012-06-12 17:35

      Isn't it obvious Tuco? Cele was suspended WITH FULL PAY in October last year. That is 8 months worth of paychecks = R800000! Zuma purposefully delayed it as long as he could so that Cele could reap the benefits as much as possible before his inevitable sacking.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-06-12 20:38

      He had to apply his mind.....

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-06-12 16:12

    Now we don't need another Cdr in this position...give us a professional please

      Larry - 2012-06-12 17:05

      Well you got an ironing lady.

  • Bryan - 2012-06-12 16:13

    So I wonder who the next Clown in the police circus will be....

      BulletProof - 2012-06-12 17:03

      It will not be on the base of competence for sure, it will be on skin colour and gess wich one.

  • Anthony - 2012-06-12 16:13

    zuma hope you next...

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-06-12 16:13

    Cele's position was untenable. He had to be fired.

  • Ryno - 2012-06-12 16:14

    and the all important question - what was the golden handshake worth?!?!?

  • Siyabonga Mbatha - 2012-06-12 16:14

    eish he was vey useful. should have demoted him back to KZN government

  • Shellerjc - 2012-06-12 16:16

    He is a threat to Zuma ... Think about it? He had a NO TOLERANCE to crime attitude.............. ???? Even though he is accused of doing just that, but he opposed was VIOLENCE... Think hard about this...

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-12 16:17

    That took a loooong time to decide...! But then you do read slowly Mr President...so we understand!

  • Monghadi Lethabo More - 2012-06-12 16:17

    This guy did alot of good in such a short space of time. Criminals r licking their fingers now

      Shellerjc - 2012-06-12 16:26

      He wanted to lock away the criminals Zuma let them all out Why Fire him?

  • matthews.bantsijang - 2012-06-12 16:18

    Bheki Cele fired!!!

  • Dianne - 2012-06-12 16:18

    All together now.....YEEEEEEEHHAAAAAA. Now give us someone who can actually do the job and who has a tad of integrity!

  • david.franciscus - 2012-06-12 16:18

    "The inquiry found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office." This backed by Jacob Zuma? I have never found a more fitting story that the analogy "The blind leading the blind" aptly describes

      mlungisi.crush - 2012-06-12 16:29

      I doubt that u did see anything wrong the time of PRESIDENT BOTHA!!!!

      Susan - 2012-06-12 16:36

      Mlungisi - i can assure you of this - in Pres Bothas time the schools and hospitals and police were something to be proud off, crime was minimal and punishable, and politicians and goverment workers that was caught stealing was locked up.

      mlungisi.crush - 2012-06-12 16:45

      Susan-i like your comment BUT what gives me a worry is that:we were all going to benefit on that OR just a certain Race?

  • shengeboy - 2012-06-12 16:20

    criminals will throw a huge bash,gosh!!!!!!!

  • raymond.d.pickering - 2012-06-12 16:21

    Suppose this means a nice farewell package and a monthly pension.

  • Nomfundo - 2012-06-12 16:21

    1 by 1 they r going 2 fall!! All the corrupt ones including the president of Mzantsi. Mdluli is next; e-tolls r next & the information bill will also fall!!

  • IrvinIco - 2012-06-12 16:21

    We hope he is the last of the crooked Top cops,but who will replace him since de ANC is deplete of men of honour and intergrity. O, poor South Africa,crooked cop`s paradise

  • mlungisi.crush - 2012-06-12 16:23

    Good bye General Cele!!!! Who's going to shoot the busteds now!!! The tsotsis are have joy now!!! ATM boombing,CAR hijacking-Women and children Rape at their homes,while police enjoying quality time at our owne expense!!!!!

  • thabo.mokoena.92 - 2012-06-12 16:23

    Good Riddance. Hope British Media are watchin since they gave excuse of what he said about (HIS) extradition to SA. YOU KNOW WHO!!

  • lakhi.madala - 2012-06-12 16:26

    it goes withuot saying: Inkhokhelo yesono kufa...I kno wat am sayin 'n hulumende wembube mus lern sumtin.

      Repline - 2012-06-12 16:44

      I have forwarded your post to NASA, they have responded and confirmed that your post is indeed alien gibberish and have begun translating it. It should be done within the next two months or so.

  • lakhi.madala - 2012-06-12 16:26

    it goes withuot saying: Inkhokhelo yesono kufa...I kno wat am sayin 'n hulumende wembube mus lern sumtin.

  • NatashaDawnQuinn - 2012-06-12 16:27

    Good riddance, one down ... a whole government to go!

  • herman.brummer - 2012-06-12 16:29

    Another ANC Carder found guilty of graft, and corruption! How many corrupt police ministers and generals have we had ?>

  • Siyabulela - 2012-06-12 16:31

    He forced Mbeki to resign , expel Malema , give Schaik a Parole then Cele.Whos Next?? Monthlante you are!!!!

  • Ashwin - 2012-06-12 16:32

    stomach in, chest out

      Amanda - 2012-06-12 16:36

      ja kyk hoe sit die poephol nou. hahahahaaaaa

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-06-12 16:33

    Now another Zuma enemy.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-06-12 16:36

    How big is the departure package? Will it be offset against what he pocketed courtesy of Roux Shibangu? Why do I doubt it?

  • MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-06-12 16:38

    "Zuma announced the decision weeks after receiving a report on the findings of a board of inquiry chaired by Justice Jake Moloi." Which means the person who appointed Cele is also not fit to make important appointments?

  • mchingwe - 2012-06-12 16:39

    The only person that Zuma sacked that he did not appoint is Mbeki. This shows his inability to hire competent people, a reflection of his own inability, his incompetence. It therefore goes without saying that he is cumulatively responsible for the actions of his appointees, therefore deserving the boot himself even more. Gosh, I wonder what would happen if the CEO of a company messes up like this, the shareholders....i can only imagine! This is rule by trial and error albeit with more errors.

      BulletProof - 2012-06-12 17:12

      Definitely he must be fired!!!How many nails are on is coffin already?

  • Wayne - 2012-06-12 16:45

    Rest assured Comrade Cele will be redeployed elsewhere at tax payers expense. JZ's comments to the effect that "Cele still has a lot to contribute to the country given his experience yadda, yadda, yadda......" is essentially saying just that. The man should be charged in court as the findings clearly stated that his actions were UNLAWFUL!!!! Watch this space.

  • Mbulelo - 2012-06-12 16:45

    I was hoping that after axing Cele,Zuma would resign

      mlungisi.crush - 2012-06-12 17:05

      President Zuma is here to stay Mbulelo!!!

  • Steve - 2012-06-12 16:48

    Now take down his ugly mug shot from ALL cop shops straight away.....

  • Jacob Zooma - 2012-06-12 16:51

    don't worry Cele, as discussed big retirement package coming your way... let SA work for you!

  • rodney.churchyard - 2012-06-12 16:54

    What does the police act say,bet he will still get benifits

  • londiwe.maphumulo3 - 2012-06-12 16:55

    Thabo mbheki kickd out,Malema fired... Now is Cele..i wonder whose next??????may b it could b Mohlante.????

  • mhlonishwa.buthelezi.9 - 2012-06-12 16:58

    zuma should have done this long time ago.

  • obotsengp - 2012-06-12 17:03

    I'm happy at last that the fraud star is released from his job. Is long over due, Zuma must stop appointing his Zulu Friends who don't have any experience of police as national commissioner he repeated mistake that was made by Mbeki appoint Selebi. They both eat money

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-12 17:05

    Good reason to CELEbrate!

  • african.accent - 2012-06-12 17:10

    Shoot to kill, fired. A sad day in South Africa, another police chief gone

  • mpho.maekisa - 2012-06-12 17:14

    Bheki cele o right bamotebele shoot 2 kill ya eng he's corrupt... I bile rona mosowe2 harena motlakase dis is rong nje! These r self centred n selfish dey only care bwt their own pockets

  • Mo Iqraam - 2012-06-12 17:19

    sooo finally a good decision

  • hans.mothate - 2012-06-12 17:20

    im really disappointed by cele.it was always my dream to be the member of saps.i even went to head office in pretoria.this man was my inspiration because of his dedication to erradicate crime,but now it's hard to believe that it was all about dedication but only to mislead the nation not to follow his actions.1 QUESTION REMAIN: WILL JUSTICE TAKE IT'S COURSE? BY: JOHN VAN WYK

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-12 17:23

    Hello severance package! Hello diplomatic immunity! Got to love it

  • Patrick Makhafola - 2012-06-12 17:29

    Well done,Mr President.This will go a long way towards restoring trust and belief in the administration.Often people arent what they appear to be in the beginning and admitting a mistake was made goes a long way.We have come a long way in our still too young democracy,and now we all know which mistakes never to repeat.You Sir,just might have secured yet another vote from me.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-06-12 17:32

    'appled my mind': handshake and exit strategy? And Ambossoder posts on city press and times soon?

  • papi.seheri - 2012-06-12 17:33

    Stomach in chest out,now who's fit?

  • hans.mothate - 2012-06-12 17:36

    ON 30 MAY LIBERIA SAW JUSTICE AFTER THEIR PRESIDENT WAS SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON.WILL SOUTH AFRICANS ALSO BE PROUD OF THEIR JUSTICE SYSTERM..!\r\nBECAUSE IF CELE WAS NOT FIT FOR OFFICE THAT MEANS CRIMINAL CHARGES SHOULD BE BROUGHT AGAINST HIM ON BEHALF OF THE SOUTH AFRICANS. by john van wyk

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-12 17:42

    NOW THE PUBLIC PROTECTOR MUST INVESTIGATE THE APPOINTMENTS MADE BY BHEKI CELE TO POSTS IN THE POLICE SERVICES AND DEMOTE THE STAFF TO THE POSTS THEY WERE IN. IT IS WITHOUT DOUBT THESE PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS TO BE IN THE POSTS. YES, PRESIDENT ZUMA PLEASE LET THE PUBLIC KNOW HOW MANY MILLIONS OF RANDS YOU WILL GIVE BHEKI CELE. I WILL BE FOLLOWING AS WELL.