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No reason to question police deal - legal advisor

2012-03-12 18:15

Pretoria - The hearing probing misconduct allegations against suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele was adjourned early on Monday.

This came shortly after evidence leader Viwe Notshe requested a brief private meeting with Cele's attorneys and members of the board of inquiry, which is sitting in Pretoria.

He previously placed it on the record that his team was trying to find suspended public works director general Siviwe Dongwana and another potential witness.

Vincent Maleka, for Cele, called his last witness on Monday - SA Police Service legal advisor General Julius Molefe.

Molefe’s name has featured prominently since the hearing began last week.

He was among the SAPS officials who visited the Middestad building in Pretoria on March 25 2010, with former procurement head Hamilton Hlela.

The building had been chosen for the police's new headquarters.

Molefe testified on Monday that his only link to the Pretoria accommodation issue was that his unit was among those which needed new office space.

No reason to question

He had no reason to question whether procurement processes were followed because Hlela, who was his senior, was handling the matter, he said.

"I was there by coincidence... why would I assume this was being done without General Cele's knowledge? Hlela was head of procurement," Molefe said.

He said he did not see a reason to inform Cele about this meeting, which Cele testified took place without his knowledge.

Earlier on Monday, Cele failed to explain the fact that two buildings identified for police accommodation in Durban and Pretoria were owned by the same man.

He was asked about the coincidence that property mogul Roux Shabangu owned both the Sanlam Middestad building in Pretoria and the Transnet building in Pretoria.

"I can't explain the coincidence... the visits [by some SAPS officials] had taken place without me knowing," Cele told the inquiry.

When asked who should be held accountable when it came to compliance with tender processes, Cele said: "That would be me."

He agreed with inquiry chairperson Jake Moloi that it appeared Shabangu knew in advance about the police's accommodation needs, and that someone was keeping him informed.

Comments
  • Eduard - 2012-03-12 18:57

    if you have senior officials in sensitive positions and they don't question or are ignorant to the fact, then you should ask yourself ......are they really competent or are they the right person for that job?

      StirMonger - 2012-03-12 19:32

      Clearly not. It the begs the question as to how competent are those who put them there?

      Art - 2012-03-12 19:58

      "Another one BITES the DUST.... Ergh Ergh Ergh.... Tadda DOEM DOEM DOEM........" Cele is a Clown............. should NEVER have placed as part of the "Jobs for Mate's" program! Screwed up ROYALLY... I think he would LOVE to be like Vlad Putin... "Macho Macho Macho Man..." (Apologies to the Village People)

      Donovan - 2012-03-13 02:44

      'No reason to question it'. Except, of course, that it now appears there was ample reason to question it.....laugh a minute.

  • Mark - 2012-03-12 18:58

    Another Julius, a General nogal.

  • Bluecrest - 2012-03-12 19:26

    Blah Blah Blah... Please don't investigate as we don't want to be caught out!

  • John - 2012-03-12 19:38

    "No reason to question police deal - legal advisor".... Bit of a misleading headline I think.....

  • Mantsho - 2012-03-12 19:56

    After 2014 general election you will have the reason to ask, because the people are going make you!!!l really hate this government.

  • swavka - 2012-03-13 07:25

    Cele is no more a general than i am. He gave himself that accolade, same as other dictators in Africa, they love to give themselves these fancy titles of which they are not entitled to - it makes them seem extremely important. Of which we, the public know they aren't, but it makes them feel BIG. Makes you wonder how he ever made his money before he became "General" - something suspicious there.

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