Cele prayed before suspension

2011-10-25 11:09
Johannesburg - National police commissioner General Bheki Cele and his wife Thembeka prayed with the Grace Bible Church's congregation in Pimville, Soweto, before his suspension, according to reports on Tuesday.

Cele and his wife were introduced to the congregation before the sermon on Sunday by church founder and senior pastor Musa Sono, the Sowetan reported.

The couple sat in the front row of the church and Cele reportedly sang along and called "amen" while Sono preached.

Cele spent two hours at the church, the Sowetan reported.

His suspension on Monday came after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Cele's involvement in the procurement of two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban was unlawful and amounted to maladministration.

The leases were valued at R1.6bn.

General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi would act in Cele's position.

President Jacob Zuma's announcement followed weeks of speculation on Cele's future, including a news report that he would be offered a diplomatic post in Canada, a notion rejected by the international relations department.

Cele's office said on Monday he "respects" Zuma's decision to suspend him.

"The national commissioner of police, General Bheki Cele, notes and respects the president's decision.

"He is extremely confident that he will emerge completely vindicated from the forthcoming inquiry," his spokesperson Nonkululeko Mbatha said in a statement.

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