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Doctored pic undermined me - Cele

2012-02-02 12:22

Johannesburg - Suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele said a doctored picture of him holding a gun undermined his job when he was KwaZulu-Natal safety and security MEC, the Sowetan reported on Thursday.

"I was the MEC of safety in KwaZulu-Natal and my duties included engaging with the youth about the usage of firearms," he told the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg during a civil case against the newspaper.

"I had also spoken to their parents and asked them not to buy their children toy guns," he said.

Cele is suing the Sowetan for defamation after the picture was published on July 6, 2007.

He got word from home about the picture while at an airport in Hong Kong and looked it up on the internet.

He said he was hurt by Sowetan's "campaign" to undermine him and denied using the words "shoot to kill".

"Sowetan was on a campaign [against] me. Sowetan said I ordered police to shoot, which I never did.

"What I have always said was that some criminals carry high-calibre weapons and not broomsticks. They would kill anyone who stands in their way, including police officers. I was saying police should not die while carrying guns to protect themselves," he said.

The case continues on Thursday.

Comments
  • Mike - 2012-02-02 12:35

    Oh let me give you a tissue - sorry Cele, first what do you do as MEC for KZN in Hong Kong, should you not try and sort your own house out first. And secondly we are all terribly "hurt" because of the R 1.7 Billion Rand you wasted of OUR money and that you were the second head of the SAPS in a row who was removed due to criminal activity. The only one who was on a campaign against you was yourself!

      Makhosazane - 2012-02-02 13:26

      Mike - wrong as he was with the lease deal. The deal didnt go through so the money was saved due him being exposed...He does though seem to want to remain relevant but its good that he is no longer commissioner

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-02 15:25

      Hong Kong has a very effective police force. Perhaps he was there to study their methods. I think this guy got a raw deal. At least he tried to put some vim and vigour into a fat and lazy police force. Aaaaand here comes an avalanche of 'thumbs down'.

      Mike - 2012-02-02 15:29

      Makosazane - I disagree. Not only are we paying Cele R 1.3 Million a year in salary, we also are paying for his legal defense, and we have paid for the botched SAPS leases in Pretoria, Durban and elsewhere. Add the 115 senior police officers who are all on suspended leave yet with full salary...

      Mike - 2012-02-02 16:07

      Tania - I agree with you - and they are non-corrupt. Hence my great surprise why he went there in the first place... as none of the Hong Kong Police ideas have been brought here...... Aaaaand I gave you a thumb up :-)

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-02-02 12:40

    I hate it when News24 runs a story about a picture, but couldn't be bothered to show it!

      Mike - 2012-02-02 13:00

      http://www.zapiro.com/cartoon/122925-090802st - I think this hits it pretty well on the nail :-)

      Kobus - 2012-02-02 13:36

      +100000000

  • Hermann - 2012-02-02 12:46

    Excuses excuses - LMAO! And I would like to see the pic.

  • Lwads - 2012-02-02 12:49

    "He got word from home about the picture while at an airport in Hong Kong and looked it up on the internet." At least chap you know what's going around on the net regarding your character

      Hector - 2012-02-02 13:19

      And they have free wifi in Hong Kong unlike here hehe

      steve.dupreez - 2012-02-02 14:03

      "I was saying police should not die while carrying guns to protect themselves," he said." If he then didn't order the police to shoot what was he then saying in the quote?

      PointBlank - 2012-02-02 14:12

      @steve, huh? You got it horribly wrong old chap..

  • Shirley - 2012-02-02 13:05

    So now he is running low on funds an is sueing? You dint need any pictures to undermine you Mr Cele-you did that all by your self!

  • Shirley - 2012-02-02 13:08

    Running low on cash and now using the "lets sue" route hey? Mr Cele you didnt need any pictures to undermine you-you did it perfectly all by yourself!

  • mashavha - 2012-02-02 13:16

    Ag shame sourcing Pension Money Bheki?

  • pasca.motaung - 2012-02-02 13:40

    Sorry Mr Cele, first you said "Shoot first" then the killing of police officers went on and you said 'Shoot to kill" on the national TV nogal.

  • phumlanii - 2012-02-02 13:57

    Cele is bored, these are just the means of coming back to media.

  • Gavin - 2012-02-02 14:05

    Until our idiot government appoints the right man/woman for the job, our police 'service' will continue to be more entertaining than the local circus. The first time I saw Cele he had this stupid cowboy hat on and I thought of sh_t here we go again....

  • Kevin - 2012-02-02 14:54

    "Cele is suing the Sowetan for defamation after the picture was published on July 6, 2007" think of it, its now 2012, who is going to paid for legal cost Beki Cele or us again the tax paying workforce?

  • Roslyn - 2012-02-02 16:05

    Cele, Selebi. Shaik....Who's next?

  • Elkieta - 2012-02-02 16:28

    Don.t lie you ugly corrupt something.your stealing undermined you...

  • csmattera - 2012-02-03 11:30

    mxim - get the hell outa here Cele! Deny deny deny

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