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Bheki Cele thanks all for support

2012-06-12 19:18

Johannesburg - Axed police commissioner Bheki Cele thanked everyone who helped him turn the SA Police Service around, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"He also wishes to thank the men and women of the SAPS for their dedicated and brave response to his rallying call for them to make sure that South Africans are not only safe, but also feel safe in the land of their fathers," his spokesman Vuyo Mkhize said in a statement.

Mkhize said Cele would give a full response to President Jacob Zuma's statement later on Wednesday.

Zuma announced Cele's dismissal as national police chief at a news conference in Pretoria.

Comments
  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-12 19:26

    Ndosi just go Ndosi just go and look after MaNgcobo

      Squeegee - 2012-06-12 19:39

      When did he 'turn the police around'? The police are at an all time low. Living in lala land.

      george.dinta - 2012-06-12 20:01

      Check your stats. Crime did decline significantly during Cele's time. I know for a fact. And we could actually see the difference.

      Vic - 2012-06-12 20:11

      Squeegee, was going to ask same question.

      george.dinta - 2012-06-12 20:14

      Can you read enlish Vic, google SA crime statistics, the compare before Cele and during his time

      Ditoa-re - 2012-06-12 20:33

      Jokes aside (kuyahlekwa noma kufiwe) but SIYANDAwalterMda you've got it right, let's hope zuma got plan ndosi

      sikhumbuzok - 2012-06-12 20:56

      Never knew stats u find on google r more reliable than the ones published by saps. I knw robberies went dwn during his tenure jus like taxi wen he was min of safety and sec in kzn. ndosi's records spks for itself

      Horst - 2012-06-12 21:31

      Yes, fully agree with Siyanda, I liked the guy, its a pity to see him go. His problem obviously was that he was not a bureaucrat and wanted to get things done quickly.

      ndzululeka - 2012-06-13 07:45

      YOU MORON DITOA-RE. THE ARE NO FACTS IN GETTING THIS MAN FIRED, SHUT YOUR BIG MOUTH

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-12 19:29

    Just thank Zuma for not putting you in jail or kick u out of ANC

      Kolobe - 2012-06-12 20:42

      cele is a cowboy south africa needed,reduced murder to its lowest levels in 15years

  • chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-06-12 19:35

    This for me is a very sad moment indeed. Bheki Cele to me is the only person who deserved his position. Infact I would vote for him for President in the blink of an eye. The way criminals were apprehended as well as the quick response time in which they were caught, his 'shoot to kill' principle and the tactics used and in general the way he represented the SAPS, never making a fool of himself or the Government. Always an honourable representative. Just a pity that at the time of him uncovering and unravelling corruption in the Goverment his services were terminated. Mr Bheki Cele, I wish you well in your future endeavours and regardless of what the media says, you still have my respect and my vote! Congratulations to a job well done.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-12 19:38

      Have you been in a coma for the past year?

      scholesss - 2012-06-12 19:40

      Cool comment pal

      Rodney - 2012-06-12 19:44

      Coma or so high on dope you never noticed. He is as corrupt as the rest of them. Cele never deserved this position, he had no experience whatsoever and it showed. Agreed he did bring in "Shoot to kill", but far too many cops weren't properly trained in the use of firearms and far too many innocent people were killed by their incompetence. No, he failed miserably in carrying out his duties, but never mind, he can retire in luxury now, he has fed at the trough long enough to ensure that.

      Shiko - 2012-06-12 19:57

      You are true South African and u knw wht is best for this country.Cele was nightmare for criminal and they are now celebrating.Sad day indeed.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-06-12 20:25

      @ Rodney.. High on dope? Another *ass*umption you're making there mate. Stick to the facts and do your research before accusing someone of smoking pot but then again I'd rather be high than brain dead. The fact of the matter remains.. http://www.southafrica.info/news/crimestats2011e.htm\r\n\r\n9 September 2011 \r\n\r\nPolitical parties and business organisations have welcomed the significant decrease in most categories of crime announced by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the release of the country's annual crime statistics on Thursday. \r\n\r\nWhile they welcomed the significant decreases in some crimes, the groups also called on government not to relent in the fight against crime. \r\n\r\nBusiness against Crime SA (Bacsa) was among the first organisations to respond to the statistics, saying the drop in serious crime was the consequence of systematic improvements in South Africa's criminal justice system and improved policing. \r\n\r\nPartnerships 'bearing fruit'\r\n\r\nBacsa CEO Graham Wright said the government's partnerships with both civil society and business had also had an impact on crime. \r\n\r\nWhile he acknowledged that much still needed to be done, Wright said it was clear the country was moving in the right direction. \r\n\r\nSystematic improvements in visible policing, crime detection and response, and steps by business to improve security, had a direct impact on the level of business robberies and burglaries, he added. \r\n\r\nMain opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA) said that while it still needed to study the statistics more closely, the broadly positive trend was welcomed. \r\n\r\nRapes, drug-related crime 'need more attention'\r\n\r\n\The decrease in almost all crimes, including contact crimes such as murder, attempted murder and sexual offences is welcomed,\ the DA's shadow minister of police, Dianne Kohler Barnard, said. \r\n\r\n\However, the fact that rape is up to over 56 000 rapes per annum, added to a massive increase in ATM bombings – some 61.5% – is of concern.\ \r\n\r\nShe also called for more attention to be given to drug-related crime and drunk driving, both of which had increased. \r\n\r\n\All the brave men and women in SAPS must be commended for their efforts to keep South Africa safe. These results show that their efforts can and do achieve results,\ Barnard added. \r\n\r\nThe Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said the statistics showed that South Africa was slowly making headway in successfully dealing with the country's high crime levels. \r\n\r\nShock at increase in ATM bombings\r\n\r\nThe decrease in the murder rate, as well as the decline in car hijackings, attempted murder and house burglaries was welcomed progress, it added. \r\n\r\nHowever, the IFP expressed shock at massive increase in ATM bombings and called on government to urgently create a plan of action to deal with this crime. \r\n\r\n\Despite the improvements in our crime levels, our war against crime is far from over,\ the party said. \r\n\r\n\South Africa's crime levels remain high. One person raped, assaulted, hijacked or murdered is one too many. We must continue to intensify our fight against the lawless elements within our society, and we are hopeful that next year's figures will show more significant reductions in all levels of crime.\ \r\n\r\nLess violent crime in SA\r\n\r\nSouth Africa's 2010/11 crime statistics reveal a decline in all types of \contact crime\, including murder, rape, assault with intent to do serious bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery and common robbery. \r\n\r\nMurder was down by 6.5% and sexual offences by 3.1%. Assault with intent to do serious bodily harm dropped by 4.5%, while robbery with aggravating circumstances was down by 12%. \r\n\r\nThe biggest improvement was a significant decline in bank robberies, which decreased by a massive 58.1%, with just 39 cases recorded in 2010/11 compared to the 93 cases recorded in 2009/10. \r\n\r\nAlthough the stats showed a general decrease in all crimes, Mthethwa said this was just a motivating factor for the police, and that the fight was far from over. \r\n\r\n\Victory against crime is now an achievable goal. However, for as long as young children are still under bondage of crime and drugs, for as long as businesses are robbed, for as long as women are abused and raped, for as long as South Africans are mugged and hijacked – none of us must rest.\

      george.pito - 2012-06-12 20:29

      Chantelle I wont vote for him as President. But he got ripped apart by politicians and somehow he tried. One of the buildings happened to be the right building for the purpose. Witing the SA political environment he got things done. Now we have to start all over again. The DA will never be satisfied with anybody in the ANC and in doing so nothing happens. I am actually supporting more concervative views but then I met him on several occations and he at least tried. The others just sit there doing nothing. The DA only support getting more votes. The problem is South Africa and the ANC must forget BEE and get the best man for the job. Now we blame the police but every 3 months we have somebody new so dont bitch if there is no respect for the law. What is the answer we dont really have a democracy as the ANC has majority of everything. The rest now revert to making everybody bad for the sake of gaining votes and doing so do more harm.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-06-12 20:51

      @ George.. I love your comment. It holds substance and has meaning. Well said and I couldn't agree more. Seeing as I'm in voting for President mode, you are a close runner up. I wish more people will see it from your point of view ;).. Keep spreading the word ;)

      donald - 2012-06-13 07:44

      i realise you are blinded by some obsession with bheki, let me spell it out to you. THE CRIME STATISTICS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT THERFORE THEY HAVE BEEN FIDDLED WITH. station commanders do not give the real stats in fear of loosing their jobs, thats why dockets go missing, attempted rapes get recorded as doestic violence. housebreakings get recorded as trespassing. until crime reporting is done in a manner that is transparent in real time and does not involve an illiterate policeman's agenda trying to cover up his or hers failings then we will believe the stats.

  • Shiko - 2012-06-12 19:36

    Thanks General go well and God bless u. We knw that It was not yr intention but a mistake.u cared about saps members and south africans. U excelled on yr duty.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-06-12 19:46

      Well said Shiko. I share the same sentiments and agree totally :).

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-06-12 20:34

      @ Shiko.. When you get a chance check out this article :).. http://www.southafrica.info/news/crimestats2011e.htm

  • Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-06-12 19:37

    u r my Hero n u'll remain one,Salute!!!!Its obvious Criminal always saves fellow criminals!!!!

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-06-12 19:42

      Agreed. Couldn't have said it better Lesiba.. :)

  • MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-06-12 19:55

    "his spokesperson said" He was suspended, he is now fired, but all the time he has a spokesperson. Who is paying for it? It seems like everybody remotely connected to the government, working (ha ha), suspended or fired has a spokesperson. Same goes for everybody in the ANC. Why can't they speak for themselves? Never mind bodyguards, drivers and whatever else they keep on. Totally useless, unproductive jobs.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-12 19:57

    Well at least someone has his self respect and dignity but a lot of time was wasted on a corrupt man!

  • george.dinta - 2012-06-12 19:59

    Thanks Chief for decrease crime a bit, appreciate that?

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-06-12 20:00

    \...safe in the land of their fathers\! Like if perpetrators of these crimes are foreigners yet its same South African's. The wording would have been proper to use during apartheid...to outdated and lacks relevance.

  • Busani - 2012-06-12 20:04

    Dont vret mr. minister. go buy a chain of KFC's with your multi million payoff.

  • thapelo.devotion.mothibi - 2012-06-12 20:06

    You welcome.

  • rob.west.92123 - 2012-06-12 20:13

    "Axed police commissioner Bheki Cele thanked everyone who helped him turn the SA Police Service around." - Please Mr. Cele don`t ever try and turn anything around again - ever, not even your car. F**k this has got to be the biggest joke in the entire universe!

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-06-12 20:28

    Gonna get myself a policedog; name him Celebi...

  • Nomfundo - 2012-06-12 20:30

    Bheki Cele reminds me of Sicelo Shiceka; they both have good sides and bad sides to them like everyone else, they were not perfect; however, their bad sides outweighed their good side resulting in their demise.

  • pedrosa.matjeni - 2012-06-12 20:30

    Go well General Bheki Cele,job well done.You have done well as a police Commissioner,the overall crime rate has gone down,even the people bear testimony to that.Your contributions went unnoticed.

      Matthew - 2012-06-12 22:33

      The man is a thief! What do you mean "job well done"?? Where are your morals? He was getting a kickback from letting the building lease go through. What another police commissioner disgrace!!!!

  • Ntombizakhona Nkosi - 2012-06-12 20:38

    crime rate will shoot up again now that Mr Cele is dismissed. Go General

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-06-12 20:39

    I'd also like to thank the DEDICATED police men and women of this country. With out your tireless efforts we would crumble into worse chaos. Unfortunately Cele was'nt one of em. Good riddence. God help us for who is to come.

  • jam35y30 - 2012-06-12 20:44

    Yes he did turn the police around! Turned them against the innocent! Teamed up with the criminals! Great job Cele. Good riddense!!!!

  • Hans - 2012-06-12 21:01

    Al dra 'n aap 'n goue ring, bly hy steeds 'n dom onnosele ding. So the cancer keeps on growing, even when you try and cut it out, it keeps spreading... Di 4-kleur sal weer wapper.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-06-13 08:02

      Under which rock did you crawl out from?

      Hans - 2012-06-13 11:17

      Uit jou ma se kont uit

      allonaa - 2012-06-13 12:16

      So you are Gcwabe-KaMavovo's brother!

      Hans - 2012-06-13 14:37

      Yebo baba! Eesh.

      Hans - 2012-06-13 14:50

      You know Aloha261, the truth is this country could be great, perhaps better than the old South Africa. BUT it will never happen as long as the ANC is in charge of this country, and luckily they won't be. The reality is also, that South Africa will never be ruled by a white only government, but the ANC is driving and has driven RSA into the ground. We can see the toll beginning to take on the (apartheid) infrastructure, and simply because it has not been maintained nor improved. Affirmative Action has a direct impact on this, as the skilled people left the country, or began a franchise or company with their package or pension. We had the best military, police force and (free) hosptitals. WE HAD = past tense. Now we see all of it in tatters and the ANC constantly in the news for corruption, greed etc. Where has all the money gone? And who has to fork out more money to pay for their greediness? BEE yet another reverse racism tactic. How many good companies had to close down because of this? Companies that employed black staff, that are probably without jobs and income today? The ANC is the cancer of Africa. It has, whether you or any other likes it or not, been proved that black people cannot run a country on their own. They perhaps want to, or think they can, sure, but that's chalk and cheese my friend. The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is a failure, baked by the ANC.

  • tebogo.motsemme - 2012-06-12 21:26

    Baie dankie my general,you'd depicted a splendid commitment to us during your tenure as the SAPS commissioner,you had a real influence on the police force,but my genenal if i may advice you-never and never again,place your whole-heartedly trust on any of your subordinate and my general,practices the tendency of meticulous reading before handling your ballpoint...CIAO!!

      Matthew - 2012-06-12 22:42

      He's not even a General, nor a policeman. He is a civil servant who got placed in that position. That's why the current commissioner (well till today that is) was doing such a great job - because he is actually a POLICEMAN! and in addition to that he is a member of the Police Special Force - Task Force!

  • Brad - 2012-06-12 21:34

    Generaal, Generaal, soos een man sal ons om jou paal...

      Hans - 2012-06-12 21:43

      Generaal, Generaal, hoekom het jy van die pad afgedwaal

  • Brad - 2012-06-12 21:49

    Money, Sex and Power will destroy all those who don't treat it with the measure of respect it demands

  • Gerda - 2012-06-12 22:21

    Well.... regarding crime, I am sorry to see Cele gone. He did bring some relief in eliminating criminals by putting them 'behind' bars, so to speak.

      Matthew - 2012-06-12 22:34

      and where do you see this??

  • Matthew - 2012-06-12 22:30

    Bye bye - what a donkey! Good riddance........

  • SLVimbani - 2012-06-12 23:16

    This is what happens when u hire friends-It always backfires...so was the case Mdluli and Chief Justice Ngcobo

      levy.seemise - 2012-06-13 07:38

      Ur presence wil b missed on the ground general,no 1 wil fill ur shoes nd ys u turned things around nd u felt the heat nd storms members felt.u we're part of the operation onthe ground,we wil remember u wit operation when Duty Calls.\Heartbroken\all the best general

  • SLVimbani - 2012-06-12 23:22

    This is not the last of him,He's a politician:Remember??come 2014 he'll probably be head of some Department

  • Johan - 2012-06-12 23:43

    Tata papa. Try your luck as an estate agent, Ha Ha ha

  • fitzpatrick.taurai - 2012-06-13 00:09

    I'm sad Bheki Cele has been axed, he was really active in the police. He made a huge effort in combating crime. Surely sacking was a bit hard, maybe a final warning or something like that.

  • Tshepo - 2012-06-13 01:55

    oh what a gentlemen i wish him the best thank's 4 everything general

  • ntokozo.ngcobo.58 - 2012-06-13 05:55

    Sad indeed!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-13 06:20

    Eh, once I was a GENERAL. Not Chief of Police.

  • Lesego Wesinyana - 2012-06-13 06:52

    Mr. Cele did his job, but i cant even understand y he is fired.

  • Bheki - 2012-06-13 07:21

    Eish bheki cele did all his best to be loved by his bosses he even forgot his office do's and don't sorry cele. Kuzolunga next time

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-06-13 07:53

    Wot utter BS

  • Kevin - 2012-06-13 07:56

    I supported BC - i only hope the new General has it in her to continue the vision of making SA a safe place.

  • braamc - 2012-06-13 08:14

    You did the best job ever, voetsek

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-06-13 08:25

    Gudbye and gudluck in evrythng u decide 2do Mr! Guys lyk u r very hard 2 find....i mean banna ba go setshabe dilo!!! Farewell boss.......

  • Gerhardus - 2012-06-13 08:28

    Why isn't this guy in jail

  • Ditantane - 2012-06-13 09:38

    the best fo SA was to release him from his accounting duties but he was a good general for the police, we need people like him to command our police force and i thought this time the president will replace him with a real cop

  • lioncachet - 2012-06-13 10:15

    Cowardice asks the question: Is it safe? Expediency asks the question: Is it politic? Vanity asks the question: Is it popular? But conscience asks the question: Is it right? And there comes a time one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic nor popular—but one must take it simply because it is right.

  • Siphiwo - 2012-06-13 10:36

    Fellow South Africans, let us reason a bit...and I do not mean, you have to agree with me. We all know that, Cele made a blunder somewhere in this saga of leasing...granted. Cele contributed a lot to the decline of crime in this country, even criminals are aware of that. The stats are there as well. Why was he not punished a different way rather than being fired? Are those people who masterminded his downfall not South Africans? I think they should have taken into account that, they also don't need crime and keep the man. There are a lot of other measures to punish a man. Criminals will be celebrating.....

  • Ndongz - 2012-06-13 11:16

    can't there be a petition to re-instate Cele,course he was good at his job

  • Ndongz - 2012-06-13 11:18

    can't there a petition from the general public insisting on the re-instatement of Cele because his kicked-ass

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