Cele spoke of offices unprompted - witness

2012-03-05 20:37
Pretoria - Suspended police chief Bheki Cele told one of his senior officials of a building in Pretoria with office space for leasing, a board of inquiry into his conduct heard on Monday.

"I found it strange that all of a sudden he spoke about a building in town where there were two floors readily available," former head of police supply chain management Lieutenant General Hamilton Hlela testified in Pretoria.

"I asked him about the contact numbers for this building, but he said somebody would contact me."

Hlela said Cele told him the "contact person" would call him or come to visit him, though he did not know who this was.

Under cross-examination by Vincent Maleka, for Cele, Hlela denied suggesting Cele gave him instructions on matters relating to procurement before the process even started.

In his opening address, State advocate Viwe Notshe said he would lead evidence to show Cele was corrupt. He cited a written statement by Hlela, who previously claimed Cele gave him direct orders to lease two buildings in Pretoria and Durban.

Notshe told the inquiry that information would be submitted showing Cele pointed out both the Middestad building in Pretoria and the Transnet building in Durban.

"Evidence from General Hlela will prove that Cele is the one who identified the building. We will also prove that he did not do so openly," he said.

The inquiry continues.

- SAPA
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