Cele a 'scapegoat' for Sunday Times

2012-03-26 07:42

Johannesburg - A spokesperson for suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele has lambasted the Sunday Times for a report that claims Cele signed off on a dodgy R26m World Cup tender.

"How Cele suddenly becomes the fall guy here, only Sunday Times can tell," said Vuyo Mkhize in a statement on behalf of Cele.

"The Sunday Times decided to turn its biased guns onto its favourite bogey-man - Cele." He said Cele had become a "scapegoat" for the publication.

The newspaper reported that the contract awarded to Thoshan Panday, the owner of Goldcoast Trading, never went out to tender.

The contract was to provide accommodation to 1 280 police officers during the 2010 World Cup.

Treasury rules state that all government contracts worth more than R500 000 should follow a bid process.

It claimed three police officials in key positions were showered with gifts by Panday to ensure the deal was approved.

The deal was signed by Cele on June 7, 2010, after his officials said there was no time "to advertise the bid," according to the report.

Mkhize did not confirm nor deny the allegations by the newspaper.

  • Jason - 2012-03-26 07:47

    Thats right, no comment about the merits of the claim just lambaste the messenger.

      Jason - 2012-03-26 08:34

      Jack - Appreciate the sentiment but thats not really fair, I dont think race has anything to do with it.

  • pws69 - 2012-03-26 07:55

    The "manufacturing" of urgency to bypass tender regulations is really a slick tool in the ANC arsenal for self- and crony, enrichment. Watch what happens with AMD. The ANC have known about it for at least 5 years, and suddenly they will have to react "with urgency" and bypass tender regulations again. The DA's Gareth Morgan has tried at least three times to table it in parliament over the last 5 years, and each time was denied.

      waheed.parker - 2012-03-26 08:06

      Fully agreed! Just a question: Whats "AMD?"

      Hunter - 2012-03-26 08:35

      Waheed, it is acid mine drainage. There is a multi-million rand supply of treatment facilities contract and possibly a multi-million rand operating contract for the installed facility that will need to be put in place very soon to address the AMD problem on the west rand gold mines.

  • Rob - 2012-03-26 08:05

    ANC/Cele version of the ends justify the means......avoid comment on the core issue, divert attention, noise.

  • Den - 2012-03-26 08:13

    how on earth was it an emergency, sa police didnt know we were hosting the world cup?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-26 10:03

    Other than trying to pass themselves off as Negro I see our local native population also takes the American justice system to heart relying on outright denial and money talks attitudes to waylay justice and find loopholes in the system.

  • Koos - 2012-03-26 10:08

    Did he or did he not sign off on the deal? That is all we want to know.

  • Franklyn - 2012-03-26 10:22

    Tenderpreneur-a South African term used to describe a government official or politician who uses their powers or influence to secure government contracts. jeez,we are actually coining new english words to describe how ruthlessly taxpayers money is being misapropriated.

  • Fran - 2012-03-26 10:49

    Mr Tender, hihihihihi, it seems he and Julius love to cuddle around the fire and feel tender. lol

  • Deon - 2012-03-26 11:06

    He broke the rules, again. Why should they keep silent?

  • msfletcher1 - 2012-03-26 11:34

    Panday is also involved with Edward Zuma!

  • Judith - 2012-03-26 13:36

    This is BS

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