Bureaucratic issues delay Cele inquiry

2012-03-13 12:19

Pretoria - The inquiry probing misconduct allegations against suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele was delayed on Tuesday due to difficulty in getting a witness statement.

“Due to some bureaucratic issues, the said witness could not give a statement earlier. We hope that by 11:30 we will have the statement,” board of inquiry chairperson Judge Jake Moloi said in Pretoria.

“There will be no hearing going on until that estimated time.”

Cele's advocate, Vincent Maleka, told the inquiry that evidence leader Viwe Notshe had failed to produce the statement by 16:00 on Monday, as promised,

Once Maleka had a copy, he would have to be allowed to get instructions from his client, he said.

“I don’t know what the witness will say and I don’t know if I will be given that statement by 11:30,” said Maleka.

Notshe said the statement was being printed. He rejected claims he had not informed Maleka that he had had problems getting the statement.

“I realised I could not get the statement by 16:00 [on Monday] and told him there were problems,” said Notshe.

“This morning [Tuesday] I told them [Cele's defence] I didn’t have a printed statement and offered my laptop so they can read it from there and they chased me away," he said, leading to a few chuckles from the public gallery.

A few minutes after the adjournment, a printed copy of the statement was handed to Cele, who sat next to his wife perusing it. Maleka made notes. It was not immediately known who the witness was.

The inquiry is trying to establish whether Cele acted corruptly, dishonestly or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with businessman Roux Shabangu, his fitness to hold office and his capacity to efficiently execute his duties.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry in October 2011 after negative findings by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela into the leases.

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-13 12:24


  • Jerolan - 2012-03-13 12:25

    "The inquiry is trying to establish whether Cele acted corruptly," Dont need a witness - I could tell you that

  • Phumi - 2012-03-13 12:29

    Hands-off the General! This whole inquiry is a sham and an obvious abuse of state power by those with narrow political interests. Why are we spending so much money on this kangaroo court to prove a fitness to hold office by the general? The stats of crime are there for all to see our our status on crime. They are on the decline! That is where we should be looking that he is fit for office and not some stupid leases that have nothing to do with Bheki Cele's office or scope of work!

      Craig - 2012-03-13 12:39

      Are you serious?

      MSGRule - 2012-03-13 12:52

      @phumi - what a load of bs. One week the courts are correct and works the next week it is a sham. just depends on what you feel like. He never served in any ligitimate army!

      Kent - 2012-03-13 16:10

      @Phumi. So the inquiry set up by Zuma, our president. is a kangaroo court according to you. Wow you are so dense the sun will not shine through you.

  • Thoka - 2012-03-13 12:33

    example of incompetence. Sies

      alansmartSnr - 2012-03-13 14:41

      @Phumi.. Jeez! you live in a dream world..the stats I look at are just the opposite..crime is rampant and besides, even if a few classifcations have supposedly decreased, it would be the middle management and the foot soldiers that are doing the job and not the Fat Cat top brass. Like Salebe his appointment was a politacal one.I see you choose to ignore the kick backs he got for these particular leases. I hope he goes the same way as Jackie Selebe. They are two of the same kind and will look nice in orange. I think he is already practising how to be very very ill. Seems that is the current procedure for the Fat Cats to try and elude the criminal justice system. Hope your "by name only" inexperience incompetant and corrupt "general" gets what's coming to him. I have the greatest respect for a hardworking honest policeman of which there are thousands.

  • Stephen - 2012-03-13 12:45

    @Phumi. Statistics can be easily manipulated and misinterpreted. Ask the people in the street if they feel safer now than a few years ago? Furthermore, with our ever increasing unemployment figures - how can crime possibly be on the decline? Corruption needs to be stamped out. If Cele is guilty, he must go.

      Marion - 2012-03-13 12:51

      I feel much safer in the streets these days.

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-13 13:18

      There are stations in the W. Cape where senior people have been investigated for manipulating crime statistics, just so they and their police stations look good!

  • Marion - 2012-03-13 12:50

    They had months to get witness statements. Why this last minute statement?

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-13 13:27

      My thoughts exactly!!!

      Deon - 2012-03-13 13:30

      It might be the same witness (Nel) that tried to fly down from Durban last week but the Cosatu strike preventing her from flying.

  • Hendrik - 2012-03-13 12:51

    Balance of probability - a Person renting 2 buildings in 2 different towns, that belong to one person.

  • Deon - 2012-03-13 13:03

    Probably the Nel woman's statement? Cele was not too happy with this "clerk" from public works when she asked a few questions.

  • Limpho Mafatle - 2012-03-13 13:46

    Ppl must just accept corruption is wrong, Cele is a leader, he should have known when something is fishy and acted upon it right there and then!!!

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