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Cele's defence team comes out fighting

2012-03-05 14:39

Pretoria - Suspended police chief Bheki Cele's defence team warned on Monday against a "general tendency" of promising evidence that failed to prove anything in the end.

"We will avoid that general tendency...where you promise much in opening statement, but deliver less," lawyer Vincent Maleka told the inquiry in Pretoria into Cele's conduct.

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

Hlela resigned in August 2010.

No proof

"We have carefully considered and analysed the statement by General Hlela. Nothing comes to establish claims of corruption. His statement does not prove that," said Maleka.

"We will debate that statement. We hope you won't avoid the essence of the questions."

Maleka said if the State advocates relied on Hlela's statement, they would not fulfil their promise made to the board, "in bold terms", to prove the misconduct allegations against Cele.

Late last year, a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Cele's actions pertaining to two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban, valued at R1.6bn, were "improper and unlawful".

These findings would form part of the evidence at the inquiry.

Madonsela’s report has also pitted Cele against Hlela, a close confidant of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Cele has maintained that Hlela and the public works department were responsible for finding offices.

On the other hand, Hlela has claimed Cele was instrumental in identifying the Middestad building in Pretoria and the Transnet building in Durban.

The board was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in October last year to evaluate allegations against the police chief. In February, the board invited members of the public to disclose any information that could help determine whether Cele was fit to hold office.

Cele, who was present at the inquiry on Monday, was suspended last year with full salary, allowances, privileges and benefits pending the outcome of the probe.

Notshe said that he intend calling four witnesses to testify on Monday.

He suggested Hlela be called to testify first because he was "pivotal to issues" the State wanted to address.

Comments
  • RSole - 2012-03-05 14:51

    And so the Circus begins

      msendi - 2012-03-05 15:06

      Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-03-05 15:48

      Late last year, a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Cele's actions pertaining to two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban, valued at R1.6bn, were "improper and unlawful". The evidence is right there! or perhaps our judicial system needs a cane and guide dog to navigate its way 2 the truth. Few more court appearances, we may just see his legal defence crying for medical parole and there after Cele will be teeing off with Shaik...on the other side where the grass is greener

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-03-05 14:53

    Cele will soon be laying in hospital next to Selebi.

      Johann - 2012-03-05 15:14

      Nice call Poly, will go with you on this one! Yes, and some golf with Shaik.

  • Getafix - 2012-03-05 15:01

    Full pay...

      midkemia - 2012-03-05 16:59

      lol... full salary, allowances, privileges and benefits

  • Den - 2012-03-05 15:03

    eish i didnt know what i was doing

  • Den - 2012-03-05 15:04

    first reasonable thing uve said poly.

  • Phumi - 2012-03-05 15:06

    Hands-off Cele! Leasing buildings is the mandate of the Public Works department and something that is not within his scope of work! Why the Public Protector failed to acknowladge evidence that Cele signed a needs assessment register and not a lease agreement it boggles the mind? I'm starting to suspect that her office is being compromised by the powers to be to persue narrow and factional political battles! If this is the case then this issue should be raised in Mangaung and this office be scrapped like the scorpions! It is obvious that she is used as a political tool to persecute those who dare to differ with the executive politically!

      Mtizozo - 2012-03-05 15:48

      This is one thing that reflects ANC as corrupters, even thoght the are not.Hence they fight crime. Nobody has fought crime in this country like BC. She needs to go and investgate Mulders Falsey Satements about the Land Histroy, I bet she never done nothing but watching her sone driving the states X6,,

      Mhlonso - 2012-03-05 15:54

      @Mtizozo-: Stupid fool! Thuli will investigate and submit her findings so that the normal Labour and Judicial processes will follow. Thuli cant fire or suspend people..it not her office mandate. Educate yourself before comming to public space and make utter nonsense statements like that.

      Leonard - 2012-03-05 16:13

      Mtizozo you seriously need to get an education

      Mtizozo - 2012-03-05 16:23

      She can investigate and but can not charge, she put matters on the table, just loading and floding the president desks with issues, so that the gov loose the focus on the main issues, and what ever she raises means more tax maney be spent, This is crap man, they need to close the office. It creats fruitless noise,,

  • Gavin - 2012-03-05 15:07

    What do you call a 1000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea ? A Good start...

  • Paul - 2012-03-05 15:07

    I get that in South Africa labour law entitles one who has been suspended pending investigation or a hearing is entitle to be paid in full as if at work,however why is it that whoever drafted the law wasnt bright enough clearly to realize just how conveniantly time consuming an investigation of this nature is... And its all at the taxpayers expense,so by the time this investigation is complete clele will have earned more than enough to pay state legal fees if found guilty or if he walks he will have obtained a massive bonus and all this at the expense of taxpayers... Now Im no political analyst or investigating officer but clearly something is very wrong with the system...

      Thuthuka - 2012-03-05 15:26

      Leave politics at the door for a second and consider this... A suspension is not dismissal. If you are a salaried employee who has bills at the end of the month, and hav not been dismissed from employment, it makes perfect sense to me that you would receive a salary until theconclusion of whatever it is you are accused of. Say, hypethetically, Paul has been suspended because a female colleague didnt like the way Paul greets her, and she filed for harrassment in the workplace. Would it not make sense that while the diciplinary action or investigation is carried out that Paul is able to pay his bond etc? Surely this is the type of thing a constituion is based on. If you don't like the guy, fine. But you cannot suggest that his constituional right be violated because of that.

      mike.clery - 2012-03-05 16:57

      @Thuthuka - Agreed, but the payment should be provisional. If you lose the case, you pay back the money. The real problem is that these suspensions of state employees go on and on. People sit at home on full salary for years.

  • Bernard - 2012-03-05 15:35

    Abd so another how many million of taxpayers money gets wasted, instead of helping the poor & needy.

  • Herman - 2012-03-05 15:38

    As if this country doesn't have more important issues to focus on. Oi vey. Indeed, let the circus begin, AGAIN.

  • Mtizozo - 2012-03-05 15:48

    This is one thing that reflects ANC as corrupters, even thoght the are not.Hence they fight crime. Nobody has fought crime in this country like BC. She needs to go and investgate Mulders Falsey Satements about the Land Histroy, I bet she never done nothing but watching her sone driving the states X6,,

  • siyat.bonanza - 2012-03-05 15:49

    Mr Cele, you don't need to ask to be reinstated because you are getting the your salary while you're sitting on # (without an H). Gooooo Mr. Stomach in Chest out!

  • Rob - 2012-03-05 15:51

    Anyone for a pantomime? Remember that in pantomime it is not really clear who are the good (or bad) guys, and in the best the leading man is played by a woman!!!!!

      Mtizozo - 2012-03-05 16:06

      relate this to Cele,,,

  • Shirley - 2012-03-05 16:11

    Here we go,another court case for the tax payer to pay for! What a waste of time,money and energy-the truth will never come out!

  • caswellnmdlalose - 2012-03-06 17:08

    So far madonsela evidence is not inquestion so let relax the lawyers for Mr Cele reserve the right to question how that evidence was obtai. Also will be the question of admissible evidence if it contain any sort of violate the right of cell then the Presiding Judge and cele lawyers reserve the right to question Ms Madonsela how she obtain her evidence let follow the process then we will see. I my own opinion so far the state lawyer their witness keep Cele away from the allegations but it will be reamain to be seen I am positive and trust the judge will not be gran in the in fight of the ruling party.

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