Disgraced former top cop gets his chance to fight another day

2014-05-26 00:00

FORMER national police commissioner was last night named as deputy minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Cele was sworn in as ANC MP at the sitting of the fifth Parliament last week.

February 2014

Cele accused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of having tried to make him the scapegoat for Nkandla and demanded an apology when asked to answer questions relating to Nkandla decisions made at the time when he was police commissioner.

January 2014

Cele revealed the existence of a list of top cops who should be purged from the South African Police Service as the funeral service of top cop Mzondeki Sean Tshabalala in Johannesburg. He reportedly made reference to a hit list of about 18 police officers who should be “dealt with accordingly”.

October 2013

Topped the candidate list for KZN list to Parliament and also appeared in the candidate list for the KZN legislature.

December 2012

Re-elected to the ANC national executive committee in Mangaung. He had resigned from the NEC when he was appointed commissioner following his election in Polokwane in 2008.

August 2012

Took President Jacob Zuma to court over his dismissal after a board of inquiry chaired by Judge Jakes Moloi found him not fit to hold office in the investigation into a controversial lease of police office.

June 2012

President Jacob Zuma dismissed Cele, who had already been suspended, and replaced him with Riah Phiyega. A week earlier he had reportedly written to President Zuma asking to be reinstated.

October 2011

Cele was suspended following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that his involvement in the leasing of two police buildings was unlawful and amounted to maladministration.

September 2010

Cele made comments regarding the SAPS, telling them to “shape up or ship out”, and saying “when you walk down the street, people must envy your body”.

August 2009

Cele caused a stir when said law should be changed to allow police to “shoot to kill” criminals without worrying about “what happens after that”.

July 2009

Cele is national police commissioner.


Served as member of the provincial legislature on the safety and security portfolio committee, chairperson of portfolio committees and Transport, Safety and Security MEC.


Elected onto the ANC Provincial Executive Committee.


Served in UDF, trained as Mkhonto Wesizwe cadre in Angola, imprisoned on Robben Island for political activities.

April 22, 1952

Born at uMzumbe Mission near Port Shepstone.

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