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Cele to challenge report in court

2012-05-25 22:02

Johannesburg - Suspended police commissioner General Bheki Cele intends approaching a high court to challenge the validity of a board of inquiry report that recommends his dismissal.

"It is not even about the validity. There is no question whatsoever in Bheki Cele's mind... the report is invalid," his spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize said on Friday.

"He is just going to court to satisfy his view that the report is invalid."

Mkhize said the invalidity of the report was apparent to rational and objective readers.

He declined to say when the court application would be made, or if it had already been made.

"For every one voice that calls for him to be fired, there are 100 calls for him to be reinstated," he said

Mkhize said calls for Cele's dismissal were "nonsensical" and should "not be given any regard whatsoever".

"We will go to court and seek a court intervention in the matter," he said.

The eNews channel reported on Thursday night that the board of inquiry had recommended that Cele be removed.

It found he lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office.

According to the report, the board found that his apparent unlawful conduct proved he was unable to hold office. Evidence also suggested there was a questionable relationship between Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu.

However, President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said this was speculation.

"The president has received the report and is processing it, and until then he will not engage in speculation."

Zuma appointed the board in November to probe Cele's fitness to remain in office, and allegations of misconduct relating to two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban, which Cele signed with Shabangu.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Cele's action pertaining to the leases was improper, unlawful and amounted to misconduct. The team which led evidence against Cele in the inquiry called for his dismissal. He denies any wrongdoing.

Board of inquiry chairperson Judge Jake Moloi presented the inquiry's report to Zuma on May 20.

The Democratic Alliance has called on Zuma to fire Cele.

"President Zuma must act swiftly and decisively upon the recommendations of the board and sack Bheki Cele as top cop once and for all," said DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard.

"The president must demonstrate that fighting crime is a priority for government."

The Congress of the People said: "This is a logical turn of events when people holding high office behave in the manner he did."

"Cele is yet another case that is painting a bleak picture for our hard-earned democracy," it said in a statement.

Comments
  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-25 22:26

    Mac, I sometimes wonder if you really has a clue what you are talking about. Please do us the honours and tell us how long zoomer will process the report? Are you sure that he can actually processed such a technical document, after all, he did not even finish standard 3!

      Sedick - 2012-05-26 04:57

      Zuma is applying his mind....when he finds it....after his shower.....

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-26 05:23

      Nicolaas he's had the report for 6 days already ..... The longer Cele hangs around and the longer he fights the recommendation the longer he draws a salary at the taxpayer's expense

      Paddy - 2012-05-26 07:54

      His brain was defaced at an art gallery the other day.

  • Crracker - 2012-05-25 22:29

    There is a fundamental problem in this country’s approach to performance delivery. The higher you ascend the ladder of privileges and the commitment to honesty in the execution of duty the more the responsibilities and the more the risk. If you don’t like it just stay away. Our freedoms and democracy (and our country) belong to US. You leave and you leave quickly if there is even the slightest whiff of wrongdoing or neglect on your part.. 50 million other South Africans are entitled to expect only the absolute best and clean-nose performance from the head of police. We are not rocks for the sake of the few up there. If you don’t like the high risks that go with your (privileged) don’t take the job to start with. Just go.

  • Freddy - 2012-05-25 22:57

    It's the tax payers money on the line here including members serving in all arms of service. What makes a police commisioner himself/herself above the law or the Commander in Chief of our armed forces?

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-25 23:15

    Everyone know that Cele's strategies have successfully brought crime down. Something the DA and others who hate to see ANC succeed call for his head. Guess what! he aint going nowhere, my dear haters.

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-25 23:29

      tumelo go spit your ignorance somewhere else

      Matthew - 2012-05-25 23:41

      Tumelo, why is it so difficult for you to see wrong from right? If the man is signing dodgy deals how the hell can he be the commissioner of police? Haven't you learnt anything from the Jackie Selebi case? Unfortunately black politicians in this country as well as police see the job as an opportunity to line their own pockets with wealth! Most of the so called leaders today came from NOTHING and had NOTHING and now they don't know when having enough money is enough. However, keep thinking that the ANC is succeeding and whilst you are living with your blinkers on and supporting comrades who steal just because they are black, the DA will win another province! Crime is far less in the W /Cape because of the DA. In Gauteng all we have is murderous blue light convoys and a corrupt police and Metro police force. The ANC wont rule for ever buddy, look at all the unrest over service delivery because the ANC so called leaders are too busy squabbling over tenders and doing private business lining their own pockets! "Let them eat cake..."

      John - 2012-05-26 03:18

      What infuriates me most is the fact that he is suspended but still has a spokesperson. who is paying his wages? I suppose all the court fees and lawyers is on the tax payer as well. But don't worry Celebi just get your advocate to burst out crying in court, worked for the Spear.. FM

      Slick - 2012-05-26 05:25

      for U Tumelo...hahah Bheki..... your comrade Selebi tried to challenge justice like you will attempt to do and he ended up where???? Ohhhhh thats right...Jail for 15 years with COSTS of the appeal case awarded against him right? LOL you are just another delusional eejit dude. DEAL with it. Your Cell awaits you...LOL.... Whats so so wonderful about these rulings it is a NON white Public Protector and Judge calling for you to be fired and brought to Justice. So good bye race card, woot!! Goodbye Mr unqualified traffic warden - Police Commissioner wannabee..... Here's hoping they will appoint you hands -on Commissioner JANITOR in the prison you going to and I hope its bucket toilets. Public Protector and Judge etc appointed by Jacob Zuma....so now you believe he and the Appeal Court and Con Court will decide against their judgement huh?? Lol Bheki... go to jail like the imbecile you were,you are the way you will always be. Oh leave your hats and shoes and suits at the Salvation Army ok. You not going to be needing them where you going...LOL!!

      Vince - 2012-05-26 07:02

      Tumelo, didn't you say the same thing about Jackie Selebi who happened to have been in the same post!!! For goodness sake man this is not about the DA but about Bheki "The Pimp" Cele.

      Vic - 2012-05-26 08:16

      Ignorance is bliss, Tumelo!

  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-26 01:53

    Yes, run quick before you develope Shabirlitus too! While you in court, please make sure that you take your soap with because the judge will send you straight to jail after upholding the findings! Remember you will not qualify for medical parole!

  • Sterling - 2012-05-26 02:07

    The SA labor law doesn't allowed an employer to fire a worker regardless how bad the worker is performing. In the US if a workers doesn't have a contract that worker can be dismissed without any reason. Cele would have been gone when this report was first made about him.

      John - 2012-05-26 04:31

      MP's are appointed by the president, not employed and do not fall under our labour legislation

  • John - 2012-05-26 04:34

    Typical ANC's "right to entitlement". Unfortunately Zuma will sit on the document for a couple of months before anything is done. And why does this twit need/have a spokesperson, especially when he's suspended?

  • Slick - 2012-05-26 05:24

    hahah Bheki..... your comrade Selebi tried to challenge justice like you will attempt to do and he ended up where???? Ohhhhh thats right...Jail for 15 years with COSTS of the appeal case awarded against him right? LOL you are just another delusional eejit dude. DEAL with it. Your Cell awaits you...LOL.... Whats so so wonderful about these rulings it is a NON white Public Protector and Judge calling for you to be fired and brought to Justice. So good bye race card, woot!! Goodbye Mr unqualified traffic warden - Police Commissioner wannabee..... Here's hoping they will appoint you hands -on Commissioner JANITOR in the prison you going to and I hope its bucket toilets. Public Protector and Judge etc appointed by Jacob Zuma....so now you believe he and the Appeal Court and Con Court will decide against their judgement huh?? Lol Bheki... go to jail like the imbecile you were,you are the way you will always be. Oh leave your hats and shoes and suits at the Salvation Army ok. You not going to be needing them where you going...LOL!!

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-26 07:49

    i was proud of this general, damn. another disappointment.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-26 07:58

    I hope the taxpayer won't foot his legal nills???

  • Vic - 2012-05-26 08:14

    Since when hasCele's spokesperson been a Judge? The report is valid, so why doesn't he accept the decision, and bugger-off into the wilderness. Don't waste anyone else's money by challenging the decision! Make way for another of Zuma's corrupt pals, so we have to go through it all over again.!

  • Tinus - 2012-05-26 09:18

    General you are corrupt and must go - just hope they give you a dishonorable discharge but in all likelyhood you will get a golden handshake and enjoy our milions somewhere nice.

  • Karen - 2012-05-26 09:42

    One question - who is going to foot the bill for the expensive court action?

  • Omrisho - 2012-05-26 11:46

    another question, what is going to happen to his drug peddling ex?? also seems to be dragging on into perpetuity... pathetic lot this

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-26 12:16

    Cele, your only challenge will be to walk to the high court in an upright position.

  • Mbulelo - 2012-05-26 19:13

    Cele was doing well in a fight against crime but he erred in dealing with the leases,so he must face the consequences.His reputation has been damaged so he ca'nt continue as a police commissioner,he needs to accept that.However I hope this has got nothing to do with Mangaung ANC power struggles

  • Nicolaas - 2012-06-06 21:49

    For every one logical educated voice that calls for him to be fired, there are 100 undecuted and corrupt cadre calls for him to be reinstated," you forgot to say DOMKHIZE!

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