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We'll prove Cele is corrupt, inquiry told

2012-04-02 13:07

Pretoria - Submissions will be presented to prove that suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele is corrupt and dishonest, a board of inquiry into allegations against him heard on Monday.

Cele had initiated and participated in a "flawed tender process", the evidence-leading team's advocate Mbuyiseli Madlanga submitted in his closing arguments in the Tshwane Council Chambers.

"General Cele was not a nearby bystander in the tender process, he was actively part of the process," Madlanga contended.

The board of inquiry, appointed by President Jacob Zuma and chaired by Judge Jake Moloi, is mandated to establish whether Cele acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with property tycoon Roux Shabangu.

It also has to determine his fitness to hold office, and his capacity to efficiently execute his duties.

Such misconduct could warrant a recommendation for his dismissal.

On Monday, Madlanga argued that the degree of Cele's misconduct was gross and that the situation was worsened by transgressions of the Public Finance Management Act.

He said former police procurement head and deputy commissioner Hamilton Hlela had been a good witness whose evidence should be accepted by the board.

Cele had called Hlela back to a Southern African Development Community policing event in Boksburg in March 2010, to raise questions around the procurement process, Madlanga argued.

This has been denied by Cele, who testified that he called Hlela back to the venue because, according to police protocol, he was not supposed to leave before his superiors.

However, Madlanga contended that Hlela left after the procurement talks and that this was corroborated by his driver.

According to Hlela's evidence, when he met Cele in the parking lot of the Boksburg hotel, he was told about the existence of office space and that the owner was going to contact him.

Hlela said Shabangu later called him to discuss accommodation procurement.

Comments
  • Ricardo - 2012-04-02 13:24

    Eish Cele', Guess Selebi, was not example enough for you to do your job...

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 13:45

      He will just be 'redeployed' into some other government portfolio where the corruption can continue.

  • Roy - 2012-04-02 13:33

    He is a crook and should not be allowed to hold any position in any capacity. If he is allowed to carry on with his job,it will make it easier for him to pocket more money.

  • ptmosh - 2012-04-02 13:34

    stop wasting taxpayers' money!

  • Susan - 2012-04-02 13:44

    And what about this Shabangu guy? He clearly isnt doing clean business - al his contracts should be cancelled and he should never receive goverment contracts again.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 13:50

      You would think, huh?

  • Henry - 2012-04-02 13:59

    Shame on the suspended national commisioner. When one's services are no longer required there are always some wrongs which are raised about him. I say that on the other hand, as long as the police services is commisioned (permanently) by someone outside of police ranks, there will always be some doubts and questions about his fitness to hold that office. It's bad because for temporary basis, the department is headed by someone from the ranks but for permanentbasis, it's headed by someone with no such experience. We'll see the ending of this saga as to how it goes.

  • Niel.Kal - 2012-04-02 14:05

    Don't hang the man untill he is found guilty...!!!

  • Stephen - 2012-04-02 14:27

    I'm sure you will find him corrupt, but will he go to jail, I doubt it. Get his hospital bed ready.

  • eradingoana - 2012-04-02 15:03

    Hopefully if corruption has been established,he would be criminally charged and tried instead of going to be made an Ambassador for SA somewhere else. I just doubt if our corrupt government can really prosecute hi because he might be coming to open a tin of worms and some people might have running stomachs.

  • Qinisile - 2012-04-02 16:28

    Ya aim for the head but shoot the leg kwa kwa kwa....

  • Aubrey - 2012-04-02 17:01

    Who teaches these fools to lie like this.

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