Cele: I'm not going

2011-10-02 10:52

Johannesburg - National police commissioner General Bheki Cele is not going to leave the SAPS until his "job is done", he said in an interview with the Sunday Independent.

"I'm going to be here until my job is done. There is work to be done and I am doing it. Let me repeat myself, I'm going to be here until my work is done. I'm not thinking so, I'm telling you so," he was quoted as saying.

He was commenting on speculation that he might resign or be fired by President Jacob Zuma after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found he had a hand in unlawful leases signed for police office space in Pretoria and Durban, together worth R1.7bn.

"The SAPS hasn't said a word (on the matter) and I haven't said a word and that's how I want to keep it," he said.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj last Monday dismissed reports of Cele's imminent suspension.

"The reports were based on unsourced information. I cannot deal in rumours," Maharaj said in response to a Sunday Times report.

He declined to say whether Zuma had already taken a decision on Cele's fate.

The Sunday Times reported that the president was about to send a final letter of suspension to Cele, seen as a once trusted political ally now fighting for his job, despite success in reducing crime rates.

According to the newspaper he would be barred from office while a board of inquiry investigated his role in the police's R1.7bn lease deals for new headquarters.

  • Doug - 2011-10-02 11:03

    Let's see if zuma has the balls? If, and it is a big if, he will certainly gain respect which he doesn't have now.

      Hochang - 2011-10-02 11:30

      Doug, Zuma ain't got balls.

      cliffarc - 2011-10-02 11:37

      - Compare the attitude of this thief Cele, to that of any first world couterpart, who with even the slightest hint of impropriety, would immediately resign and leave his post in total shame and become subject to the full force of the law. What a circus.

      Dave50 - 2011-10-02 11:51

      Suspended on full pay till it blows over, yes I think he will go for that.

      Rolie - 2011-10-02 12:01


      Ozymandios - 2011-10-02 12:14

      Zuma needs to have gonads the size of Big Bens Bells to fire this man. And I don't think he has any bigger than peas at the moment. They all know too much about each other's shenanigans and corruptness. It has to be done African style and that means I think another "wooden blanket" has to be purchased and a big hole dug in the groubnd to put the "wooden blanket' into, with a body inside the "wooden blanket" a very dead body. No one in African politics (except the recent ex Zambian President) will ever resign or go quietly. It's not in their culture to be honourable and resing when you have been found to be not so ethical in your behaviour. They have too much on each other because of their corruptness and deceit. But then which politician is as pure as driven snow?????? Very very very few.

      Yar - 2011-10-02 14:32

      Zuma has got balls. 23 confirmed children. Can't argue with that. However he wont be using them to get rid of Malema, Cele, Shiceka or any of the other criminals.

      Johan - 2011-10-02 14:41


      disappointed - 2011-10-02 15:00

      there is not much the zoomer can do,they all have dirt on oneanother so if one falls they all go down.Its the same story with the fat jelly baby,zuma cant touch him without shooting himself in the foot,and so the gravy train continues its unabaited journey

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-02 16:54

      CELE(bi), has SKIN THICKER than those THREATENED RHINO'S!!!! Which part of CORRUPT, SCREWED UP and UNTRUSTOWRTHY don't you get??????

      cuz - 2011-10-02 17:37

      His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal, General Disaster Bheki Cele VC, DSO, MC Apparently the idea, of changing to military ranks, being that it would achieve the type of discipline the South African military are now famous for. Accordingly stand by for strikes and examples of the kind of military glory we witnessed against that world hyper power Lesotho. Perhaps a small clue might assist : If you want discipline among the ranks you need to show that it exists at the highest levels both in the police and among the politicians that are calling for it. Without that you might as well make Cele a Field Marshal right now. As this rank can only be bestowed during times of war we suggest it be done quickly before he attacks Lesotho.

      king-louie - 2011-10-02 17:47

      Look who's talking... our man Bheki - “township tsotsi” “thug” and “gangster”

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-02 18:01

      Just think.... if he retires as an ordinary member of the ANC, Ex Commissioner, his pension is R35 000-00 a month... Now that he is a "GENERAL"... he gets to bank on R80 000-00 per month... Cleva'! Not JUST ANOTHER GANGSTA.....

      Blikskottel - 2011-10-03 07:47

      Do not hold your breath.

      Michael - 2011-10-03 09:20

      Zuma has a shower, not balls

  • louisdiemasjien - 2011-10-02 11:04

    Nice - next time I'll also just say "I'm not going." Why defend myself if my hands are in the cookie jar. I'm not going!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      Cynix - 2011-10-02 14:53

      Forgot to say 'finish en klaar'!

  • steve.dupreez - 2011-10-02 11:07

    I think what he is saying is that there is still money in the till and he won't leave until he gets his hands on some - since he missed out on the R1.7bil lease agreement "commission structure"

      maseratifitt - 2011-10-02 22:03

      Execelly, steve.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 06:07

      Wonder if Cele(bi) had anything to do with the R2,2m that went "MISSING"?????

  • POLLENYS - 2011-10-02 11:07

    He can leave the police farce now, he's done his job.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-10-02 11:12

    Reduced the crime rate? He did that all on his own? Its more a case of police are not registering all the complaints, dockets are getting lost, files are being misplaced and bribes are taken just to file a case... Reduced crime rate - my foot!

      sbu sithole - 2011-10-02 13:11

      You missed out on the mis-classification of crimes as well - if someone doesn't die at the actual scene after being attacked, but dies later, that is not classed as murder, but assault GBH; if you are robbed at knifepoint, that is not armed robbery, but straight robbery; someone entering your house property who doesn't actually take anything is classed as trespassing etc....

  • Deset Rat - 2011-10-02 11:13

    I presume Cele had instructed JZ I am not going anywhere! Any JZ has replied "Yes Baas, oh, I'm sorry I mean Yes General"

      Denise - 2011-10-02 17:54

      The only time the word "general" should be used in connection with the South African Police is when it is prefacing the word "disaster"

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-02 11:15

    In other words,he has not stolen enough or signed enough deals for his corrupt ANC comrades. This mate of Jacob is a typical pimp. African style

  • Coconut - 2011-10-02 11:16

    Cele, hamba suga wena.

  • louisdiemasjien - 2011-10-02 11:21

    Cele, get with the program, you'll have to steal more to be promoted to parliament. Last chance boytjie!

      Really1 - 2011-10-02 11:26

      That is racist :)

      cliffarc - 2011-10-02 12:12

      - It's also the damn truth.

  • kingkong - 2011-10-02 11:24

    well only in sa can a anc politican be caught found guilty and i repeat only a anc politian nobody else because they reserve the right to steal plunder and to corrupt to their hearts content , they have no morals

  • leonard - 2011-10-02 11:25

    Cele,your lack of knowledge of police matters and absolute arrogance in your attitude should automatically preclude you from this important position.You are an embarrassement all round.

      leonard - 2011-10-02 11:40

      @Me.......BTW,how can you,or what gives you the right, to dictate with regards the tenure of the position.You do NOT run the country(thank G-D)and are answerable to parliament and or a VERY WEAK state president who will decide your future.AH

  • wayne.schaefer2 - 2011-10-02 11:28

    Hey Mr Cele, Don't Go! Just Leave - LOL

  • Davearch - 2011-10-02 11:30

    He should be in JAIL .. criminal !!!

  • MarcusMagnus - 2011-10-02 11:31

    Which job would that be signing more leases

  • Deeteem - 2011-10-02 11:34

    So the moral of the story is that you can steal and cheat and lie because the police comissioner did and he got away with it !!!!! S A D !!

  • bensid - 2011-10-02 11:35

    Boooo !!!

  • freedom - 2011-10-02 11:37

    You going to stay until your job is done? well explain to us South Africans exactly what that may be??? some more leases to favourabally suite you?? Do I hear a little dictatorship coming out there, "Im GOING to stay"

  • Ederik - 2011-10-02 11:37

    What is his 'job'? Enriching himself?

      freedom - 2011-10-02 13:34

      Like most of the African National Circus mp's

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-02 17:09

      That is the ONLY thing the ANC ELITE IS INTERESTED IN.... ENRICHING THEMSELVES!!!! Bheki Cele(bi) is PART 'N PARCEL of the ANC ELITE!!!! PITY!

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  • Zokey - 2011-10-02 11:44

    OOH what a bitch slap to the president

  • Woofix - 2011-10-02 11:47

    With people like this in parlaiment S.A. will always be the pathetic laughing stock of the world. Good entertainment for them . . .this floppen Sircus Area.

  • kilo39 - 2011-10-02 12:01

    It's time to get into the 'upmarket' funeral business ! The Chinese....they know, just join the dots.

  • Horst - 2011-10-02 12:14

    Ag man, leave the guy alone. I think he is doing good, just look how many badies get shot nowadays, that is what we want. And regarding those leases I can well image what happened there, he got fed up with bureaucracy. I have done a few things like this in my working live, although not on that scale.

  • Bobby Rosewood - 2011-10-02 12:15

    I am getting fed up with all the negativity I read. Crime has gone down, I can feel it myself. I feel a little less "frightened" as I was say 3-4 years ago. Sure there is corruption, it should not be there, but is it an African or South African problem? How about the clouds hanging around the likes of Mitterand or Berlusconi's heads? Not to mention the dealings of our Russian friends Medvedev and Putin. Please, get real, we have a problem here, but its by no measure African or South African! Its a worldwide problem, The ANC is just not good at covering up well, by the looks of it.

      So What If.. - 2011-10-02 14:37

      Hi Bobby, wake up, your coffee is getting cold...

      logicIQ - 2011-10-02 14:43

      Bobby- South Africans don't have the capacity to look beyond their navels. The corruption and government ineptitude is a global problem. Why else would the Greeks, the Spaniards and the Germans and English be agitating against their governments? Because they think this is a strictly African problem? Think, children, think!

  • mcne - 2011-10-02 12:25

    i suggest you stay chana. pity u were busted but i can see change slowy.

  • Nic - 2011-10-02 12:46

    And your predecessor had the same attitude. Look at him now? You are going the same way Genl Arrogant!!!

  • tzME - 2011-10-02 12:47

    Set a thief to catch a thief. Ever heard of that saying? Is there anything that can be done for the people to initiate proceedings against this man? There must surely have been some grounds upon which Thuli based her recommendations. Why on earth should we rely on a man that does not have the will to govern... A man whose political future is more important than that of his country, his police force, the peoples money? There is never stink without rot. THIS STINKS AND IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE!

  • AntonioP - 2011-10-02 12:50

    This man is clearly delusional! Or does he also have buckets of dirt on JZ -like half the ANC leadership has? Perhaps he also threatened to shoot (to kill!) off his mouth on the president. In that case he well may be right, and JZ Weakheart won't fire him.

  • friendly fire - 2011-10-02 13:09

    Eish. And this is still up for discussion? Taking full advantage of capitalism.

  • parkavenue - 2011-10-02 13:26

    A host of wives and even more kids.Sure he has balls but can he use them when push comes to shove?

  • propatria - 2011-10-02 14:09

    Cele go boy! I like you even more. You are right, your job is to ensure Zuma stay in his position, and that is what you intend to do. Take some advice; Africa is n tough country, so you need to gear up for the Malema/Moglante gang, they have Chinees backing, (Check ship fright from there, lots of goodies under way) I think you need to go see mr Maxamilian Oppenheimer to secure your position

      leonard - 2011-10-02 15:16

      @propatria/Georgp2.......Are the two of you brain dead.Please stop using up the air available in the country.

      Georgp2 - 2011-10-02 15:30

      My Friend Leonard the people of this contry voted for this to happen. Remember the old days where you voted so eagerly YES. You supported FW and Roelfie and call other people brain dead. Sorry my friend thanks to people like you we are in this position. The air available in this country is created by a few of us.

  • Georgp2 - 2011-10-02 14:15

    Must say he did a bit better than his sucessors. The selection of the buildings is not bad at all as it can be quite practical to link the CCTV etc in there.The money is a bit much.Then what better will you get Mc Bride or what. He is probably just as good/bad as Zille from the DA. None of them made any difference both of them incompotent. But that is the new SA with ANC ruling basically a dictatorship and the rest hanging on to the DA with which was originated from parties that actually fought so hard for where we are now. Such a desperate a situation in this country with leadership like Zuma,Malem and the only oppotion a funny old woman Zille.

  • Yar - 2011-10-02 14:25

    General Cele, your time has come. Your job is finished. You have ruined everything that you came to destroy. Corruption standards are at a new high. Please hand over to a real policeman and look to a new career. May I suggest something intellectually challenging, like horticulture.

      AntonioP - 2011-10-02 14:39

      Horticulture may seem a nice idea for him. But I for one would not have him as my garden boy, never! (Or soon I'll find in my garden a lot of "tenants" who paid excessive amounts for illegal leases.)

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-10-02 14:35

    Yes Sir!!! You might not be going anywhere but you know very well that the right thing for you to do would be to go. If you decide to go you will be doing this country a great favour. We do not want you to be redeployed to parliament. Just do the honourable thing. Be a gentleman: Go on your own. Do not wait to be suspended, please go.

  • André Swanepoel - 2011-10-02 15:41

    Yar, you've got a point there - appointing a real policeman - it will be interesting to know whether both General Morebucks and his predecessor even completed the full basic training that was completed by all other faithful policemen - My guess is no, they did not, they were promised "positions" which they could exploit for "morebucks"!!!!

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-10-02 18:52

    Well you're not doing your job so what are you talking about - fkoff!!

  • sefeddt - 2011-10-02 19:24

    Cele demands to know from head of crime intellegence why he should not be suspended as he has brought the police into disrespect. But when same applies to him he cries foul.

  • Letjitlane - 2011-10-02 21:41

    This man cannot say this bold statement without confirmation from his superiors.With the pending investigation af alleged involvement in corruption,"I'm going to be here until my job is done. There is work to be done and I am doing it. Let me repeat myself, I'm going to be here until my work is done. I'm not thinking so, I'm telling you so," this is sending out unnecessary perceptions

  • Jay - 2011-10-03 07:41

    "The SAPS hasn't said a word (on the matter) and I haven't said a word and that's how I want to keep it," he said. Of course you do, who would want it any other way?

  • Blikskottel - 2011-10-03 07:47

    I wish I could really know what hje considers his job. Perhaps enriching himself has not yet reached the point where he can safely retire?

  • Side_Winder - 2011-10-03 08:03

    African Politics.... WAHAHAHAHA!!!! We have got to be the comedy soap opera of the world... Love to see who the next 'MAN' for the job is...

  • SNG62 - 2011-10-03 09:16

    Chop - I didn't think the decision for him to stay or not was his. Clearly I was mistaken!

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