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Bheki Cele's gym spin

2011-02-27 17:36

Johannesburg - The police wanted a gymnasium, spin studio and cafeteria – almost half the size of a soccer field – to justify their need for a massive new R500m head office.

This is revealed in needs analysis documents submitted to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who slammed National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde this week for negotiating an unlawful and ­irregular lease agreement with businessman Roux Shabangu.

The public fallout after the ­release of Madonsela’s hard-hitting report is threatening to split the country’s criminal justice cluster, with Cele publicly lashing out at Madonsela and special investigating unit head Willie Hofmeyr for producing a report that is, ­according to him, legally and factually flawed.

Cele, Madonsela and Hofmeyr are now looking to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to decide whether criminal or disciplinary action should be instituted, and if the R500m deal should be cancelled.

Gordhan told City Press he was committed to taking proper action following the release of Madonsela’s report and would consider criminal charges if need be.

Inside sources close to the process said tension within President Jacob Zuma’s criminal justice cluster escalated to pre-Polokwane levels last week, with heads of these institutions expecting the worst.

The last years of former ­president Thabo Mbeki’s administration were marred by public ­fallouts between the police, the former Scorpions and the intelligence fraternity.

“It won’t be a surprise if Hofmeyr and Madonsela don’t survive this,” said one source, ­emphasising Zuma’s close relationship with Cele.

Friendship


Zuma’s friendship with Shabangu, who has repeatedly said in ­public he was friendly with the president, was also highlighted.

City Press was referred to ­Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi when questions were sent to Zuma’s office asking him to clarify his friendship with Shabangu and his position on Madonsela’s ­Middestad building investigation.

Neither Zuma nor Manyi ­responded to the questions.

Madonsela also ordered the Cabinet to question Mahlangu-Nkabinde at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday on her decision to revalidate the contract with Shabangu in defiance of advice by two senior counsel, who confirmed the lease agreement was ­unenforcable.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde’s spokesperson said on Saturday she was still studying Madonsela’s report and would comment in the media after briefing Cabinet.

Ex-deputy


Madonsela’s report has also ­pitted Cele against his former deputy, Hamilton Hlela, a close confidant of former police boss Jackie Selebi, who was in charge of all ­police procurement before taking early retirement last year.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Cele publicly accused Hlela of wrongdoing by claiming he signed off on an irregular R1bn tender in the Eastern Cape; that he ­awarded a tender for the manufacturing of police uniforms to one company after police management had decided to outsource the ­contract to a number of smaller vendors; and that Hlela had bought different police equipment for the 2010 Fifa World Cup than what had been decided on.

Hlela declined to comment.

It is clear in Madonsela’s report that Hlela played a key role in ­conducting the investigation into the Middestad building lease agreement.

While Cele has emphasised he relied on “functionaries” [hinting at Hlela] to make lawful decisions during procurement processes, Hlela told Madonsela “he was ­unwilling to question the decisions and instructions of the National Commissioner (Cele)” because of the police’s culture of not questioning superiors.

In September 2009, Cele ­centralised the awarding of all ­tenders of more than R500 000 in his office.

Comments
  • daveza - 2011-02-27 17:53

    “It won’t be a surprise if Hofmeyr and Madonsela don’t survive this,” said one source, ­emphasising Zuma’s close relationship with Cele. And with that the prosecution rests its case.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-27 18:29

      The sad thing is, Zuma is no better than his cadre's!

      Skottie - 2011-02-27 18:53

      Remember, they got an image to protect.

  • Grant - 2011-02-27 17:57

    Jackie Selebi..who was in charge...before taking early retirement last year! "retirement" WOW that's soft!! When are those that claim to govern learn not to employ cadres in positions for which they are morally challenged. But no doubt zuma will protect his good buddy, the general. Hopefully this nonsense will help translate into fewer votes for the ANC

      dickson.nyoro - 2011-02-28 08:54

      "Hamilton Hlela, a close confidant of former police boss Jackie Selebi, who was in charge of all ­police procurement before taking early retirement last year." Hamilton Hlela is the gentleman who has retired. English 101

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-02-27 18:16

    Yet again the corruption goes forward unhindered , RSA is a fully fledged banana republic .

  • Busi - 2011-02-27 18:48

    A new crisis, and so we look to our President to step in and lead, to do the right thing. Right? "The danger to South Africa is not Jacob Zuma but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Zuma presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Zuma, who is a mere symptom of what ails South Africa. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.

      Perfume - 2011-03-23 21:58

      I laughed when I received the email

  • Skottie - 2011-02-27 18:54

    Remember, they got an image to protect.

  • alltainted - 2011-02-27 18:55

    The Fieldmarshall should have cut Gupzimzum Pty in for a slice - would have had no difficulties then!

  • Madelane - 2011-02-27 18:59

    And so the corruption, deceit, dishonesty continues unabated....um....Minister Gordhan? YooHoooo you making notes?

  • Keith - 2011-02-27 19:07

    How brave of Ms. Madonsela to bring the charges again Cele even though she knows her position could be on the line. I congratulate her for having the morals and integrity which a lot of our politicians lack to takle this problem head on. Well done!!

      Angela - 2011-02-28 10:01

      Hear hear, Keith!! Well said.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-02-27 19:47

    Eish, there's no fire without smoke. In Cele's case there is no smell without a pile os shit. And his pile is getting bigger every day.

      Perfume - 2011-03-23 21:59

      In Cele's case there is no smell without a pile os shit.......choking with laughter

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-27 20:13

    “It won’t be a surprise if Hofmeyr and Madonsela don’t survive this,” This is what makes me so the moer in. If someone does their job with integrity and honesty, they get targeted. The sad thing is that the majority who vote for this arrogant,nepotistic and corrupt ANC, will not even know who Thuli Madonsela is and what she is supposed to do, FOR THEM ! In a proper democracy there won't even be talk of Madonsela surviving or not.

  • Hein_mar - 2011-02-27 21:35

    And nothing happen yet again !!! Boeties and Bandjies all donkeys in a row !!!!! All they will say is " this white people hate us its a conspiracy to se press us blacks "

  • 50something - 2011-02-27 22:04

    Give them their gym - they need it desperately - half of the force is obese.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-27 23:54

      SO give them the axe. The choice should be to get fit and keep your job or stay fat and unemployed (which should lead to weightloss anyway). If you cannot do the job (any job) you should be fired. That goes for Cele and Zuma as well.

  • JiveTalking - 2011-02-28 08:52

    Democracy in country where the massses are uneduacted,unemployed and superstitious is a recipe for disaster. They will always vote for gangsters and fraudsters.

  • Other Justin - 2011-02-28 10:53

    ANC=ROT, no better way I can think of to put it.

  • Kenko - 2011-02-28 11:23

    The conversation went like this: Cele: Hey Shabangu, do you want to make some money? Shabangu: Of course my friend, but how? Cele: You go buy that building, and I will get the SAPS to rent it for R500mil per year. Shabangu: Eish! That's a lot of money! What's in it for you? Cele: We share the spoils of course! As long as you look after me, I look after you. Same old story hey? Shabangu: OK, but what if the citizens find out? What if the DA complains? Cele: Don't worry my friend, I will just deny, deny. You know, the Prez is my buddy, and he will look after me. Shabangu: Should we cut him in on the deal? Cele: I don't think he needs any more backhanders, now that he and his family is owning all the mines. This will be small change for him. Shabangu: Eish!! We will swim in the money!!! VIVA ANC!! But wait!!! What about the voters? Cele: Hau!! You worry about the voters? They are so stupid, we just blame apartheid and they will be firmly in our kraal. VIVA!! VIIIIIVAAAA!

  • EchoTango - 2011-02-28 12:00

    "The police wanted a gymnasium, spin studio and cafeteria – almost half the size of a soccer field – to justify their need for a massive new R500m head office." This in light of the fact that there isn't enough forensic departments and people to handle the huge case load of evidence that needs to be processed. "General" Cele in all his wisdom must have decided that what the police needs to fight crime isn't more and better crime labs but a cafeteria and gym.

  • Perfume - 2011-03-23 21:56

    HAIBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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