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Popcru supports Cele on crime fighting

2012-05-28 22:07

Johannesburg - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) supported suspended police commissioner General Bheki Cele's crime fighting efforts, a spokesperson said on Monday.

"We are saying we supported the incumbent on the issue of fighting crime," Popcru general secretary Nkosinathi Theledi said on the sidelines of a union summit in Boksburg.

Popcru made a submission to the board of inquiry appointed by President Jacob Zuma in November to probe Cele's fitness to remain in office.

The board investigated allegations of misconduct relating to two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban, which Cele signed.

The inquiry recommended that Cele be fired and a criminal investigation be started into the irregular awarding of the leases worth R1.7bn.

Theledi said Popcru's submission was in support of Cele's crime fighting efforts, nothing more.

"Our submission about him was on the side of crime fighting. We said we are quite comfortable with him fighting crime.

"He was doing that on behalf of government... we supported government," he said.

Popcru had a meeting pending with acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Theledi would not be drawn on whether Popcru supported Mkhwanazi.

"It's how do we engage on the operations of the SA Police Service," he said.

Cele has denied any wrongdoing.

Comments
  • Godfrey - 2012-05-28 23:35

    Godfrey - Just posted Report comment Point taken on "fighting crime" so is he corrupt or not, simple yes or no will do. Cause you know the answer, Public Protector and Board of Inquiry came to the same conclution. If Cele has any intregraty, he will follow Juju into the sun set.

  • Darra - 2012-05-29 05:34

    What? But the man was unable to fight HIS alleged crime! And you stand by him? Popcru, YOUR position is criminal! This is like something delivered by a stand up comedian. Simply..... a JOKE. Come to think about it, you have been, as an organistion like a chameleon. You change colour depending on the circumstance but ALWAYS possess a long tongue. And tongues in politics are used for various reasons!

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