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Cele will leave if Zuma asks him to

2012-06-11 09:31

Johannesburg - Suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele will leave his position if President Jacob Zuma asks him to, his spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize said on Monday.

However, if Zuma used the findings of the report of the board of inquiry chaired by Justice Jake Moloi, then Cele would challenge it in court, Mkhize said.

"Certain things during the course of the inquiry's work and the way the evidence leader conducted his work raised serious concerns," said Mkhize.

"He [Cele] thought the judge's [Moloi's] presence would be an antidote to such things," he said.

'Fed up'


Mkhize said Cele was "fed up" because he felt Moloi did not make findings that were legally valid.

According to media reports the board of inquiry found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office.

The board found his grave misconduct as national police commissioner and his apparent unlawful conduct further proved that he was unable to hold office.

It was reported that evidence also suggested there was a questionable relationship between Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu.

Mkhize said the allegation of corruption levelled against Cele during the inquiry by the evidence leader did not have witness statements to back it up.

"The evidence leader's intention was to malign him," he said.

"A judge has a duty to cut through that and make findings that are valid in the law."

Mkhize said this was the first sign that the inquiry had been turned into a "tool to conduct a smear campaign".

"The judge carried on where the evidence leader left off."

Meeting


He said Cele was still waiting to hear whether he had been fired or not.

In May, a board of inquiry appointed by Zuma found Cele unfit to hold office and reportedly recommended he be fired. He has been on suspension since last year.

Moloi presented the inquiry's report to Zuma on May 20.

The inquiry followed a finding in July last year by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that Cele's involvement in deals to acquire police office space was "improper, unlawful and amounted to maladministration".

Madonsela concluded that 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.


The board of inquiry was mandated to establish whether Cele acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with Shabangu, one for a building in Pretoria, another for a building in Durban.

Mkhize said Zuma met with Cele in Durban on Friday.

Cele wrote to Zuma on May 27 to request a meeting and Zuma responded on June 6.

According to a newspaper report last week, Zuma sent a letter to Cele informing him that he was fired. The letter was reportedly delivered to Cele's house in Durban on Tuesday.

Comments
  • Peter - 2012-06-11 09:39

    Just leave now barnacle bheki....

      Jono - 2012-06-11 09:45

      Zuma wont tell him to leave cause Zuma needs him to continue with his corrupt ways!

      Gavin - 2012-06-11 09:52

      brothers in crime brothers in grime brothers in slime

      Michaele - 2012-06-11 09:55

      Agree Peter, but what will the severance pay be?

      Squeegee - 2012-06-11 09:59

      Bring on the clowns.

      Trevor - 2012-06-11 10:12

      Go join Jackie, make a good couple Jack(ie) and Jill(bhekie)

      mlucejko - 2012-06-11 10:13

      This Government is 'pathetic' When a person is found to be corrupt you don't ASK the to leave, you Fire them !! If necessary you bring criminal charges !!

      procold2 - 2012-06-11 10:28

      what dont these guys understand, they are not wanted anymore,

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-11 10:31

      Suspended for how long on full pay? The Public Protector made her findings public in July last year. The prez has taken roughly 22 days to read the findings of the enquiry and still hasn't made his decision public.

      Allen - 2012-06-11 10:48

      Zuma: "You are the weakest link - Goodbye" (apologies Ann Robinson) Cele: "Oh can't I stay - Just a little bit longer" (apologies The Chantels)

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-11 09:42

    Give it up Cele... Your gravy train ride is OVER!!! Hahaha

      eva.walle.75 - 2012-06-11 10:54

      oh no no ... he'll still get paid and live in luxury ... tis the way here in sunny SA ...

  • Henri - 2012-06-11 09:44

    Cele go look into your letter box, it was sent by rockmail !!!1

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-11 09:44

    Well how jolly civil of him.

  • Bomb - 2012-06-11 09:48

    Bheki, take your stuff and go! There, get the message?

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-11 09:50

    This is getting to tribal and provincial, let see if Zuma will tell his homeboy Cele to leave, it sound like a shade to get rid of limpopo boys before limpopo boys get rid of KZN boys

  • Gavin - 2012-06-11 09:51

    You're standing too close What the F's with you ? You aint my old lady and you aint a tattoo this party's over so get the F OUT !!

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-11 09:59

    Zuma, please shoot to kill

  • Ditantane - 2012-06-11 10:02

    Cele is staying

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-11 10:05

    As you should when you are guilty you corrupt piece of trash

  • jomardl - 2012-06-11 10:05

    Leave when asked to? Isn't that usually what one does when fired?

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-06-11 10:07

    He is unfit for the job. What does he not understand? More stupid than l thought! English is not that difficult. Jy kan nie die werk doen nie. So.................Gaan weg!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-11 10:07

    smelly rat

  • Allan - 2012-06-11 10:11

    Zuma knows Cele is going to implicate him in shady dealings so he is stuck between a rock and a hard place - the truth is going to hurt. Make Cele an ambassador or let him play golf with the other loyal followers

      Neo Moate - 2012-06-11 10:18

      i have a great suspicion Zuma has blood on his hands, y should such a simple thing b so complicated?!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-11 10:13

    Its just like a bad rash that won't go away.

  • nkosingiphile.cofu - 2012-06-11 10:13

    If the commissioner commited any wrong doing ,he has to go but if the commissioner is aggrieved about the process of the inquiry .he must have recourse, he must take the matter to a court of law. Remember we are a constitutional state,no persons rights must be violeted including the suspects.

  • Susan - 2012-06-11 10:45

    You are the weakest link - Goodbye!

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-11 10:47

    Never mind, just another day in the sweet shop.

  • Peek - 2012-06-11 10:48

    It seems as if Cele has something on Zuma, and will spill the beans if he gets canned. Let me get my popcorn, sit back relax, allot of fun is about to start !

      Piet - 2012-06-11 10:55

      I've said that a long time ago... He has Showahead by the short and curlies somehow....

  • Piet - 2012-06-11 10:57

    Funnie face... Looks like he's ready to cry....I almost pittied him...

  • Issa - 2012-06-11 10:59

    I have heard of rumours that Malema might be given a second chance, he is not my favourite but some of his policies can change the country to the worse or to the better. For Bheki cele he is the man police force want to have, fearless and he reminds of Steve Tshete (spelling) who was fearless n bold, if he lived today we would have seen better police community. Please Mr. President reinstate Bheki cele or just give him a second chance please.

  • rockstress.n.radebe - 2012-06-11 11:05

    The reason Cele wants Zuma to fire him is because he knows very well that his homeboy does not have the balls to do so!!!. Cele is not going anywhere. Zuma is busying planning to remove the limpopo boys from cabinet while he cannot even handle his own homeboys. Zuma does not have a backbone and any mental capacity.

  • Ringeta - 2012-06-11 11:11

    only clean people should condemn other people.

  • Rob - 2012-06-11 11:11

    Either way win! win! win! Golden handshake or Protected employment. Or will Zuma expose himself to the wolves?

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-11 11:24

    Why Zuma add to tell I'm to leave, there is not enough evidence against I'm? If he ad a bit of shame he should leave without anybody tell I'm to leave.

  • Seena - 2012-06-11 11:26

    bheki cele just authorised one building to be rented by the police and lo we never stop hearing about it....just imagine there are thousands of properties this gvt rents, provincial gvts and councils amounting to hundreds of billions of rand yearly, there is no guess to know who owns those properties, roux tshabangu's mistake was to dare tap in this market, we see you

  • shengeboy - 2012-06-11 11:46

    if u do leave,please take your brutalbherede cops with u

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-06-11 12:25

    Some guys are just lucky nje, you are suspended but you still cant speak for yourself you have a spokesperson. nice one

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-11 14:38

      And this spokesperson probably gets paid more than anyone of us reading this story.

  • Ernest - 2012-06-11 12:46

    I feel sorry for Cele, he was so good in fighting crime. Zuma must acknoledge that. He must be given a second chance.

  • Maria - 2012-06-11 13:35

    You right Mr Cele because he's the one who hired you - question is, when?? why is he taking so long?? - because your friend (JZ) was so quick about Tokyo??? mhhhhh - I'm smelling a rat here!!!

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-06-11 15:14

    Atleast they didnt say he pocketed some few cents for himself on top of that his records with regard to crime reduction in SA seems to be very excelent. So they dont have to fire such kind of person, under the leadership of Nhlanhla Mkhonazi we frequently hear about rape and murder and this is very scary!!!!!!!

  • Julie - 2012-06-12 04:55

    Does Cele expect Zuma to go down on bended knees and say: "PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE, Bheki, go - come, I'll even help you pack your bags???"

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-06-12 15:36

    Please Mr President, focus on his achievements rather than the procedures that he used to purchase police buildings. He didnt steal any money like other politicians, firing him wont be a good decision. What he did is just a minor infringement. Bheki Cele is an asset!!!!!

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