Announcement on Cele expected

2012-06-12 10:01

Johannesburg - An announcement on suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele's fate is expected to be made on Tuesday, his spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize said.

"I don't know what time it will be, but it will be today," he said.

On Monday, Mkhize said Cele would leave his position if Zuma asked him to.

However, if Zuma used the findings of a report by a board of inquiry chaired by Justice Jake Moloi, then Cele would challenge these in court.

The board of inquiry was mandated to establish whether Cele acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with business tycoon Roux Shabangu - one for a building in Pretoria, another for a building in Durban.

Mkhize said Cele was "fed up" because he felt Moloi's findings were not legally valid.

Grave misconduct

The inquiry, which has submitted its report to Zuma, reportedly found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office.

It also apparently found that his grave misconduct as national police commissioner and his apparent unlawful conduct further proved that he was unable to hold office.

Evidence reportedly also suggested there was a questionable relationship between Cele and Shabangu.

Last year, Madonsela found that Cele's involvement in deals to acquire police office space was "improper, unlawful, and amounted to maladministration".

She said that while Cele had not signed the final lease, he had initiated negotiations with Shabangu, and had seemed determined to secure the leases despite warnings against them.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-12 10:11

    Throw him in the sea.Worth nothing

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-06-12 10:12

    Unlawful = Criminal. it requires dismissal AND PROSECUTION, it is not something that can be reduced to "improper".

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-12 10:31

      This is something so easily glossed over, Danny. Not only should these government criminals be prosecuted, but the other sanctions should also be more severe in view of the leadership positions these people held. For instance, if a government official purposely messes up - enriches himself - unlawfully, prosecution should be complemented with forfeiture of benefits like pension payments, medical aid, housing allowances etc.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-12 10:21


      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-12 10:26

      As a cadre he was very competent. As a Police Chief he was hopeless.

  • gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-06-12 10:23

    I can see two things happening here: - Zuma does nothing OR Zuma promotes him

      Tebz001 - 2012-06-12 11:22

      Or, Sexwale gets the boot (for disagreeing with JZ) and Cele is moved to his job (for favouring corruption->JZ).

  • Andrew - 2012-06-12 10:25

    An absolute disgrace if he is allowed to resign and not fired. No wonder why people have no faith in the ANC justice system which has one set of rules for high profile ANC members and a different set for all the rest. But what else do you expect from this corrupt ANC???

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-12 10:25

    The moronic masses will turn him into a hero, a martyr for the revolution. Someone to admire and praise. They will sing songs about him. One day a statue will be built in his memory............

  • MSGRule - 2012-06-12 10:38

    He should stand trial buh that is such a waste of money because he will never admit it and many courts to go through. He will be fired and few months later re-appointed in another department as head janitor of the Union Buildings and paid R2 000 000 per year.

  • Gavin - 2012-06-12 10:43

    summer is also expected - the difference being that summer is wanted back.

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-06-12 11:01

    Thingz definitely not lookin good for Mr Shoot-To-Kill! Lol

  • Philip - 2012-06-12 11:08

    Bheki Cele should never have been appointed to the position of Commissioner of Police, inter alia because he did not come through the ranks of the SAPS. The state (Zuma) must therefore take mutual responsibility for this debacle. Cele made serious errors in his judgments because of his lack of experience in the SAPS, again inter alia. That however, does not necessarily make him "The Criminal" referred to by many. Now, please appoint a real policeman or police woman who came through the ranks, and at least restore the dignity of the SAPS and more importantly the trust of the nation in the SAPS. Thanking you in advance.

  • grant.hide - 2012-06-12 11:09

    Anyone placing bets?

  • ronald.stilianou - 2012-06-12 11:10

    I think he must stop steam-cleaning his head, it's starting to prune up.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-12 20:32

      That is so funny....I've always wonder how these bald men get their heads to wrinkle like that....:)-:)

  • Loo - 2012-06-12 11:34

    Cele is going to get the same "spies" up the creek as Malema I'm sure,, and deservedly so.

  • Sydney - 2012-06-12 12:30

    This is a clear tactic from the cANCer: JZ will ask Cele(very politely) to leave his post, which Cele will (gracefully) accept. This will lead to him not being prosecuted and therefore fit for redeployment in the cANCer. Friends looking after friends, or friends sh1t scared of what friends know about them?!

  • mphocalvin.mutavhatsindi - 2012-06-12 13:09

    to me bad to fire him bcause he was motivating the police to do da job than to sit at the office and eat the cash

      Erna - 2012-06-12 13:41

      And in the meantime he was mismanaging the money.

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-12 13:45

    Are we all suppose to stand still for two minutes?.

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