Presidency remains tight-lipped on Bheki Cele

2012-06-07 07:42

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has fired suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele, according to reports on Thursday.

Both eNews and the SABC reported that Zuma had decided to sack Cele after considering the report produced by a board of inquiry into his fitness to hold office, which found that he lacked the capacity to execute his official duties.

The presidency has yet to confirm the decision.

Other media organisations reported that well-placed sources had confirmed the news, but Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the president would make his decision public when he was ready to do so.

Cele was suspended in October 2011 following the controversy over two lease deals for police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban.

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-07 07:47

    about time???

      Henri - 2012-06-07 07:57

      now how long and how many appeals does he get ?

      i2meleng - 2012-06-07 07:58

      Long overdue! - 2012-06-07 08:07

      Absolutely "about time." I hope this decision is final and doesn't get retracted on appeal.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-07 08:22

      The corrupted useless president of the county in trying to see if there's no other post open somewhere else for the opportunity to place Cele in that post and made some more profits...

      Trevor - 2012-06-07 08:23

      Yes, by time. "INEPTOCRACY" After the second would war Germany was into total ruins after being bombed by the allied forces, but within 20 years they build there country into a massive first world power house. Japan was in a worst position after the two nuclear bombs hit them yet they are the biggest economy in the world. SA hasn't gone through any war, we rich with minerals and diversity skill.We are the only country that has affirmative action where there majority is at the receiving end. The ANC has done nothing after 20years. Rather creating wealth by taking from a minority or stealing or deceiving, or TALK TALK wa wa wa no action come guys don't look for the answers in the rest of failed Africa look for them here at home. Please don't criticize me this is only an opinion. Please forgive me if I have offended anyone

      Joe - 2012-06-07 08:31

      Now Zumy, do the honorable thing... FIRE YOURSELF!!!!!!! Cause you are also not fit or capable to perform YOUR duties!!!!!

  • Thadelphukem - 2012-06-07 07:48

    Awesome news to wake up to!!! Its about time they start getting rid of the corruption and what better place to start than the head of the police force... Now lets hope they continue to rid the rest of the corrupt government officials who rape our country every day and steal from the people... Its the first good thing that Zuma's done...

      Sean - 2012-06-07 08:04

      But then we will run out of a government? Last count, there were over 300 people in government with criminal records or faced with fraud charges or both. We do need to "clear out the closet"

  • lidwaan - 2012-06-07 07:48

    the chicken crossed the road.

  • carpejugulim - 2012-06-07 07:48

    And why is it taking so long for confirmation from the prez's office?

  • Thadelphukem - 2012-06-07 07:50

    I know its early in the day but someone give Zuma a Bells... In fact... Make it a double!!!

      Denis - 2012-06-07 07:56

      Not a Bells...find Zuma another wife!!

      Keith - 2012-06-07 08:36

      FOR WHAT?? He hasn't done sh*t for this country. Wow he fired a Corrupt official, its his job that he should be doing daily. Pity he can't fire himself incompetent clown!

  • MSGRule - 2012-06-07 07:50

    How many times is the presidency goign to appoint corrupt leaders in the police. Now new reports is that the satnd in Police chief signed off on the corrupt activities. To server and protect the people is not the anc way

      Denis - 2012-06-07 07:58

      I don't think the government appoints corrupt people. I think the people become corrupt after appointment. The government surely has good intentions when it appoints people. After the trappings of power, the devils in people start manifesting through corruption.

      Anele - 2012-06-07 08:00

      He is corrupt himself

      berthram - 2012-06-07 08:31

      @Denis: I have to agree. I'm far from pro-ANC but even I know that a president would not intentionally appoint a corrupt person. It would damage his image and therefor the parties image. I may not like the President but I have to admit this does not seem like his fault.

      Keith - 2012-06-07 08:40

      @Denis and @bertham, they are all buddies and are all milking us for everything. Zuma is a criminal himself so why wouldn't he appoint his criminal chums. This is his fault and should have been dealt with long ago, our politicians are great at reacting to controversy but useless at preventing it.

  • Bob - 2012-06-07 07:56

    Why do we always have to have speculation when it comes to decisions by Zuma! If reports are leaked and the President still has not confirmed it, it means he is not being acting decisively as a President, or the news media is talking cr*p based on hearsay! Time of course will tell which is the truth!

  • Burtfred - 2012-06-07 08:01

    But who is going to fire Zuma?

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-06-07 08:43

      The people have the power to do that!

      Shaun - 2012-06-07 09:41

      The people you mean that are in majority that are 500 years behind the rest of the world in evolution. All you tell them is vote for ANC and we won't give you a coke and bun,but we will give you a coke a bun and a piece of polony ( VOTE ANC )

      tmnqayi - 2012-06-07 11:36

      Who would you like to see as your President?

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-06-07 08:06

    where is Lt Gen Andre Pruis ?

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-06-07 08:07

    At least at last Mr. Pres did smtn better,hope u do so 2 Mdluli. Bt y ds it take u so long?

      Keith - 2012-06-07 08:40


  • Phumi - 2012-06-07 08:09

    It seems that this reactionary media we have is setting out an agenda for us. I do not know if whether we have elected it into government? Zuma has not pronounced anything on Cele and already there are these speculations being spread around! Already Cele's dignity was tarnished by them even before the commission started its work. He was tried in a parrallel kangaroo court of public opinion by the media and the commission didnt even apply its mind on his case. Instead they have relied on News24 and City Press testimonies that tried to tarnish his dignity. Why are we dragging our feet in implementing the MAT only God knows? These are the crucial questions we will have to ask our leaders when the conference comes in Bloemfontein! Anyhow this sponsored purge of the General must enjoy its lough while it can because it wont last. Cele has a home and it is the ANC he must come back we need his strength towards this difficult journey imposed on us by those who are power drunk!

      Ntombizakhona Nkosi - 2012-06-07 08:21

      true Phumi

      Denis - 2012-06-07 08:29

      Phumi, are ranting like Cele is a victim of the press...he is a victim of his own abuse of office. The press is only reporting on what's taking place. Which is what's called news. No matter how good Cele was at fighting crime, he spoilt it by being corrupt. I don't see how the press can be blamed for that.

      Steve - 2012-06-07 08:35

      With big-shot deploymemts come public scrutiny. Don't get excited Phumi. Rather "apply your mind" to the real issues and try and see past the cANCer smokescreens.

      Nkululeko - 2012-06-07 09:30

      @Phumi, I give you a Bell's, in this country we have a big problem of "Media Prosecution", it is not a new thing, but, started long time ago, especially when it comes to Freedom fighters, they make sure they tarnish everything about a person even before the court of law says a word. Look now, most of the comments here on news 24 are done by "those" people, they still refer to Zuma as corrupt, criminal, etc, but not even 1 court in the country ever found him guilty. Now "they" are the ones who says Bheki Cele has been fired for corruption, but as far as I know, and if they can consult the correct resources, the commission never found any corrupt doing against Bheki Cele, but he was careless on signing a lease agreement without reading thru, and he signed on top of the bonet of a car. But, the Media and "those" people here on News 24 kept on interpreteng the outcome of the commision on their favour just to discredit our leaders. It is amazing because they quickly forget their brother Eugene de Kok, Bheki Cele is much better, he never killed anyone.

  • lunathi.hlakanyane - 2012-06-07 08:09

    The President seems to be getting rid of everything that is a threat to this country's democracy. I'm surprised he hasn't got rid of his penis yet.

      berthram - 2012-06-07 08:22

      Truly one of the best comments I have seen in ages! Hilarious!

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-07 08:29

      hahahaha , classic Lunathi

      Shaun - 2012-06-07 09:36

      You mean spear

  • lwazi.sithole.9 - 2012-06-07 08:13

    I do believe Zuma though not the best president is trying to clean house.. and face it- the wheels of the law and justice grind very slowly..

      Nkululeko - 2012-06-07 09:34

      @Janine.filmer, how do you know Zuma wants a second term in office, 'cause he has never said that yet? Maybe you are a Sangoma or a prophet neh.

  • Tinus - 2012-06-07 08:14

    The only reason JZ is waiting to make his decision public is that he is looking where he can move Cele to. Maybe as another minister without profile or if all else fail an ambassador somewhere that needs Cele's expertise in corruption.

      Nkululeko - 2012-06-07 09:37

      @TdJ01, for your information, if he is looking for another position for Cele, that is not against the law, Cele was never found corrupt of anything, but neglegent on his job in the office.

  • Stephen - 2012-06-07 08:21

    This country doesn't need a Selebi or a Cele or a Mdluli : it needs Judge Dredd............bottom line.

      Sean - 2012-06-07 08:31

      Now we are talking, Stephen. This country will soon be "Out of Order" unless someone with an iron fist starts to harness these criminals....and sleeping cops

      Nkululeko - 2012-06-07 09:40

      @Sean, this is not APARTHEID era, where you could just moer anyone, anyhow if you are white, but if you are black they lock you up in jail and get hanged. Now we use courts in the country, no more iron fist for your information. You are still living in the past neh?

      Sean - 2012-06-07 14:17

      Nkululeko, You are either myopic or seriously out of touch with what is a great threat to SA. Law and order needs to be adequately enforced to keep the thugs from taking over. Our SAPS and Metro Cops are useless (there are of course exceptions). All they are concerned about is their next bribe or bucket of KFC. There is no honour amongst our politicians or law enforcement departments. Very few people want Apartheid back, my friend - I certainly don't, but if we all want SA to remain the Pearl of Africa, best our Government makes sure that the first world standards are upheld. Right now, these standards are being compromised at every turn. Can you see this??

  • georgebrightons - 2012-06-07 08:24

    Firing all the way. Things are bad. The President will end up firing himself, and later apologise to the nation that it was a mistake and he is still in charge!

  • king.maswanganye - 2012-06-07 08:34

    Don't bite the hand that can give u a second term in office

  • arthur.halse - 2012-06-07 08:38

    FIRED.With or without a Golden handshake??

  • Tulani - 2012-06-07 08:41

    before he got the job what testing did they do ? " Both eNews and the SABC reported that Zuma had decided to sack Cele after considering the report produced by a board of inquiry into his fitness to hold office, which found that he lacked the capacity to execute his official duties " Raised eyebrows.....

      Nkululeko - 2012-06-07 09:43

      @Thulani, before Magnus Malaan and Eugen de Kok got the job, what test did they do?

      Tulani - 2012-06-07 11:14

      uMuncu vha for that qtion coz back then the was no democrasy stupid qtion really nkululeko u dnt even dezv that name.....

      Rodney - 2012-06-07 11:45

      Now that really was a very silly thing to say. malan went to university then joined the defence force, became an officer and worked his way up the ladder, spent a year in america on secondment, eventually made chief of the defence force in 73 and became defence minster in 1980. i think he passed any so called test to get to where he was. As for De Kok, he is also a time served police officer, worked his way up the ranks and proved himself to be a dedicated officer, whether you agree with his methods is another story, he did what his bosses told him to do and he did it well. Definitely more than Cele did to get to where he is today. As I said the other day, research is a wonderful thing, it really does stop you from looking stupid when you decide to post a comment. Cele has no work history prior to 1994, selebi is exactly the same, they were both appointed solely because they are members of the ANC, not because they had any experience.

  • Alan - 2012-06-07 08:47

    With full pay and benefits no doubt !!!

  • Danny - 2012-06-07 08:49

    Now that Bheki Cele is fired-When can we expect Richard Mdluli to be fired?The sooner ,the better.As soon as corruption dies -then only the country will be stabilised by GOOD GOVERNANCE.

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-06-07 08:49

    Zuma should also done the same to his friend Mdluli, and he must know that South Africans has lost the best cadre we have ever heard. this man was doing a great job to this industry and i think the knowledge of awarding tender was a problem as he was not employed to award tender but to deal with criminals. My President could you please go deeper to this issue until you come with the proof that Cele was wrong and also show us that it was also his job to appoint suppliers. if it was also in his job description to do that it means he was overloaded and that is why he end up in this thing and you must also not blame him for that

      Trevor - 2012-06-07 09:28

      We don't need COMRADES, CADRES,FRIENDS, UNCLES, AUNTIES and so forth, We need good honest hard working LEADERS, that fight for there people and send any one that is corrupt to jail without compensation.

  • renny.meere - 2012-06-07 08:54

    Only to be replaced by another non deserving crony. Cant we just get someone that actually worked in the police force & has the required skill level for such a position, I dont care what colour the person is.

  • slawek.puk - 2012-06-07 09:15

    Now Zuma must just fire himself

      Nkululeko - 2012-06-07 09:45

      @slawek.puk, for what?

      tmnqayi - 2012-06-07 11:47

      Who would your prefer as your President @Slawek?

  • Maria - 2012-06-07 09:19

    Suspended in October 2011 with full salary, benefits, everything and after 7 months - fired - wonder how much golden handshake he's gonna get - As the President's buddy - maybe something to last him for the rest of his life, like Pisto we want to know - it's our tax-money after all - calculations, calculations!!!!

  • Shaun - 2012-06-07 09:21

    Cele to Jacob you can't fire me cause you also had your hand in the till yes so what were stupid enough to get caught yes Jacob I was and it is apartheid fault I am corrupt !!!!!!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-07 09:52

    Lock the whole lot up and throw away the key.

  • bmaestro - 2012-06-07 10:13


      MSGRule - 2012-06-07 10:18

      It is not easy to get out of the government. As long as you don't get caught you can do what you like. But as soon as you get caught and you have exhasuted every court known to man and the pressure is too much from the public and elections are looming. That is when you get fired. Otherwise if the pressure is too much you get placed somewhere else and told to do things more discreetly because it makes the boss look bad.

  • bmaestro - 2012-06-07 10:15


      tmnqayi - 2012-06-07 12:29

      Tell us who would you like to see as your President?

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-07 14:44

    He is tightlipped because he had a heavy night. Satisfying you know who.

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