Bheki Cele new police boss

2009-07-29 15:45

Pretoria - KwaZulu-Natal MEC Bheki Cele has been appointed as the new national commissioner of police, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

Cele will step into Jackie Selebi's shoes in August. Selebi, whose contract expires on Friday, was placed on special leave last year pending his court case on alleged corrupt activities and defeating the ends of justice.

This was after the National Prosecuting Authority said it would lay charges against him for allegedly receiving corrupt payments totalling R1.2m from his friend Glenn Agliotti, a convicted drug smuggler accused of playing a role in the 2005 murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble.

Announcing that Selebi was going on leave, then president Thabo Mbeki said: "I must say that he himself was of the view that it should happen, so that whatever might happen in the courts about him he ought not to be sitting at police headquarters."

Mbeki appointed Timothy Williams, deputy national commissioner responsible for crime intelligence, to act in Selebi's place.

Even though Selebi was no longer at work last year, his contract was renewed by Mbeki for another 12 months.

Western Cape police commissioner Mzwandile Petros, divisional commissioner Raymond Lalla and acting deputy commissioner Andre Pruis were among the names rumoured to be in the running for commissioner.