Cele seeks probe into police tenders

2011-07-27 11:34

Johannesburg - National police commissioner General Bheki Cele asked the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate the way certain contracts for construction, uniforms and equipment were granted within the SA Police Service, according to a report in The Star on Wednesday.

Cele said the SIU probe was in terms of a presidential proclamation signed by President Jacob Zuma in July and August last year.

He said he met SIU head Willie Hofmeyr in November 2009 to request an urgent investigation into the supply chain management division, and later learnt that the SIU was sitting with a similar request from the police's Independent Complaints Directorate, lodged in May 2009.

No reference was made in the article to the public protector's recent findings that as the accounting officer, Cele, with Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, were accountable for the approval of two multimillion rand leases for police headquarters which the protector said were concluded improperly.

R4bn worth of inflated tenders

According to Wednesday's report, 33 police stations at a cost of R330m are currently under scrutiny by the SIU as well as three former police generals, who allegedly benefited from R4bn worth of allegedly irregularly awarded and inflated tenders.

Cele cited three matters: the Inanda police station, which was supposed to cost R15m, Pienaar police station in Mpumalanga which was to cost R40m and a police station in KwaMaphumulo, which would cost R7m to build from foundation to finish.

Inanda and Pienaar cost R134m and KwaMaphumulo was not built.

Other contracts include goods and services provided to the forensic science laboratory; the procurement of certain leases for the police; the procurement of information management systems; the manufacturing and supply of police uniforms and alleged irregularities in awarding a R1bn radio communications tender in the Eastern Cape.

"The SAPS has nothing to show for the more than R900m that has already been spent on a contract to provide radio communication services to the Eastern Cape, yet more money was being allocated to this contract despite the fact that no one could tell me, as the accounting officer, why this service was needed in the SAPS in the first place," Cele was quoted as saying.

He said police leadership had also decided to use retrenched textile workers to provide uniforms for the police, but then found that a contract to a private company, which had expired when the decision was taken, was extended to expire in 2013.

He said the extraordinarily high cost of police stations needed to be investigated and that police stations built by one company, Midway Two, had paid up to four times the original amount, according to The Star.


Cele said: "To say I was shocked by the state of affairs in this division would be the understatement of the century. Contracts were signed without any members of the bid committee actually sitting down for a meeting. Instead, members of the committee would sign their approval of tender awards from wherever they each would be at a particular point in time. Some of the contracts were signed in 2009 and only meant to be effective from April 2012," Cele said.

The report named three former policemen as being investigated: Lieutenant General Hamilton Hlela, a deputy national police commissioner and head of the police's supply chain management; Lieutenant General Matthews Siwundla and Major General Stefanus Terblanche.

Cele decided to remove them from the supply chain environment and so Hlela and Terblanche offered to resign and Siwundla asked for early retirement.

"I signed the directive terminating their services for one reason only: To bring efficiencies to the service," he said.

When contacted for comment, Hlela and Siwundla said there were no irregularities with the contracts.

The Star reported that SIU spokesperson Karam Singh confirmed the investigation was focused on the officials and would only say the unit was aware of the allegations against Midway Two.

Cele has cancelled two press briefings intended to provide an official response to the protector's findings. Media queries on the matter were removed from the police and redirected to government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi, and then to newly appointed spokesperson for Zuma, Mac Maharaj.

On the eve of a press conference by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, thought to have been to provide her findings on the lease probe, The Star ran a report that Madonsela was about to be arrested for corruption but Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Cele said this was a surprise to them.

Maharaj told Sapa on Wednesday that processes relating to Madonsela's report were under way.

The relevant ministers have been written to by Zuma so that internal processes could be taken up with "urgency and seriousness".

Asked when a response would be made public, he could not say, but it would be within timelines set down.

"We are clear that we are treating the public protector's report as a serious report," said Maharaj.

  • duncan - 2011-07-27 11:38

    Why did I not get a cut , he asks ?

      paulf - 2011-07-27 11:54

      Please read this. You are morally corrupt.

      Zizo Snr - 2011-07-27 12:00

      Let us resolve the leases Mr General. Do not overload yourself for no reason, unless ofcourse you are diverting attention.

      cliffarc - 2011-07-27 12:01

      - And unbelievably not a word about his own corruption charges. OH sure Cele, let's get all sanctimonius about corruption by your staff and forget all about your thieving. Have you considered that maybe you set the tone for corruption in your department ? Feeble diversion tactics Cele - nobody's buying it .

      Dr Filemon - 2011-07-27 12:12

      So there does not even seem to be honour amongst thieves where cat-in-the-hat is concerned

      WiseOwl2 - 2011-07-27 12:18

      Because the corrupt are investigating the corrupt !

      edu - 2011-07-27 12:21

      Get Juju's help! He has a fail proof strategy: Blame apartheid and the Broederbond - and POOF! the sheeple stand behind him like one man! Problem solved!

      Dominic - 2011-07-27 12:23

      I see! He's was investigating incompetence, maladministration and unlawful conduct in 2009. A year later he decided to do it also. This man needs a good lawyer.

      cliffarc - 2011-07-27 12:34

      - Kolobe, Poloy, tshepo - Talk to us. The suspense is killing.

      York Hunt - 2011-07-27 12:47

      Bheki Cele: "Quickly! Lets divert attention from the Roux Shabangu story!"

      christine - 2011-07-27 12:55

      This is a very serious question to all the readers of this article including all the anc supporters can anyone seriously name any single one thing THAT THE ANC HAS DONE WELL AND DESERVES PRAISE AND RECOGNITION i for one can only name shameful bad things--to name but a few the ex ceo of saa the escom debarcle schools and the low level of education the sabc the police force-including selebie telcom hospitals and medical support for poor people crime murder rape and the killing of farmers the conditions of roeds the delivery of municipal services the state of our law courts and the incompetent function the serve the arms deal travelgate wow i could go on all dayand wont even go near corruption ,zuma and jub jub so come on you anc supporters list the things the anc has improved on since 1994

      The Wonderer - 2011-07-27 12:58

      I CALL for a vote of NO confidence in the ANC and ZUMA!

      Khatman - 2011-07-27 13:02

      @ClifVark - Sorry my bad. Spelling is a problem. He does not need a lawyer, in the struggle training camps the lawyers trained them to defend against any onslaught from these types of insane attacks, watch to see how this to will pass by. Just accept it and move on

      LP - 2011-07-27 13:08

      The working class of this nation should boycot, stop working, stop paying taxes, and stop funding the corrupt entirely, our blood and sweat is being used to fund the idiots lavish lifestyles. I'm so sick of it!

      Martin - 2011-07-27 13:26

      "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson

      maseratifitt - 2011-07-27 18:47

      christine :As a staunch ANC supporter I cannot let your comments go unchallenged. Among the many successes the ANC have achieved, the following are but a few examples: -The ANC arranged and attended more gala dinners than any previous government. -Nobody in history undertook as many exhausting trips abroad. -The ANC stimulated the local economy by acquiring many luxury vehicles,mansions and furniture. -The economies of countries abroad were also stimulated by the acquisition of cottages, villas and chalets, as well as financial investments by ANC members. -Our own economy benefited by the ANC inspired hijackings,burglaries,cash heists and robberies. -The ANC was the first to buy an aircraft for the exclusive use by the President. -Many ANC billionaires were created since 1994. No previous government could match this achievement. -Countless jobs were created via the ANC's innovative strategy of maintenance neglect. -The progressive and bold policies of the ANC saw many members do shopping in Dubai, Paris, New York,Beijing and London. -The ANC's excellent human rights record led to many receiving millions in salaries whilst being suspended from work. -The ANC sprouted the first head of Interpol which successfully transferred state secrets to chemical substance entrepreneurs. -ANC politicians were the first to introduce the concept of entitlement. -The ANC successfully abandoned the Scorpions and replaced it with the ANC protector, the Hawks, which counters the Public Protector

  • Smindlo - 2011-07-27 11:41

    feeling the heat, cowboy!!! hehehehehe

  • Dal68 - 2011-07-27 11:41

    Trying to shift the focus away from his own corrupt dealings.....well trained in corruption it seems Herr Generaal

      G-spotWizard - 2011-07-27 12:29

      Spot on! this is a case of "I will not go down alone, why will I go down while others who did it get away with it? Let's spill the beans".

      Johnfpro - 2011-07-27 12:30

      I agree, trying to shift attention

      daaidoos - 2011-07-27 14:39

      God is this guy for real? Anywhere else in the world the commissioner would have voluntarily stepped down, but over here he decides to look into corruption within his own department when the public knows he is the most corrupted off them all. He is truly a piece of work this clown. Unfreaking believable!!!!!!!

      Creeky - 2011-07-27 14:49

      Fokken HAWT in the kitchen....Ne'............Cele(bi)!!!!

      onetickie - 2011-07-27 14:55

      THE ONLY PERSON WHO NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED/PROBED IS CELE HIMSELF. This whole article pisses me off. How can a CORRUPT police chief probe corruption? How insulting to the South African public!!

  • Green Oaks - 2011-07-27 11:42

    You probably signed for it. idiot !!!!

      Versace - 2011-07-27 12:45


      Creeky - 2011-07-27 14:50

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! And he did not recognise his own signature... HAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

  • Mpinchi6 - 2011-07-27 11:42

    In my humble view, before Adv. Thuli gets to him on this one, he wants to rather cover-up, blame and point fingers at the DA. Too late Don Cele, your ticket has expired.

      edu - 2011-07-27 12:17

      He should get Juju as an advisor. Shift the blame to apartheid and the Broederbond. Works like a charm - every time.

  • ReThan - 2011-07-27 11:43

    Ya like huh? What the hell is this n00c doing? thick headed twat!

  • melchiedek - 2011-07-27 11:43

    Cele it is too late to start learning PFMA ACT now could you just respond to the matter at hand........What happened before you came is your duty to investigate and arrest where necessary DONT DEVIATE US FROM THE RESPOND WE ARE WAITING FOR ...........?

  • Max - 2011-07-27 11:45

    Typical ANC strategy. If you get pointed out for corruption, shift the attention to something else.

  • vanommen.jan - 2011-07-27 11:46

    I saw Maharaj on 3rd degree... definitely fit for the job of covering, ducking and diving into all directions but towards the straight answers. He is being made a mockery for the ANC, poor bastard.

      Dal68 - 2011-07-27 11:56

      Yip, useless like the rest of his comrades in the criminal anc (note every league of the anc)

      zackie - 2011-07-27 17:17

      he will say anything the anc tell him too if the money is good

  • Lab-Rat - 2011-07-27 11:49

    LOL, really?

  • s r - 2011-07-27 11:50

    a-loot-a continua! what's new in this banana republic. i sense Cele is trying to deflect attention from his grubby doubt, Zuma will NOT do any drastic to his loyal crony....ho-hummmmmm

  • jds - 2011-07-27 11:53

    Looks like the ANC are going to kill themselves...their greed are their own worst enemy!!How pathetic!

      R.Suppards - 2011-07-27 17:23

      They are going to shoot themselves in their wallets.

  • psydomx - 2011-07-27 11:54

    All high ranking govnt officials are taken out of an excising pool of personnel available to the ruling party ( ANC ), whose to say that should Cele be dealt with, would his replacement be of the same caliber. This cesspool called the ANC must be held accountable for its crimes against the people of South Africa

  • Alfred E Neu - 2011-07-27 11:55

    Pot calling the kettle black

  • PMG - 2011-07-27 11:58

    Like a sewer rat off a sinking ship,its amazing how quick an ANC cadre will sell out his brothers when the kitchen gets slightly warm.Going down - so lets take some of my chommies with.No loyalty amongst thieves.

  • Brett - 2011-07-27 12:05

    So, what about the implementation of the Firearms Control Act, where the biggest waste took place? 6 Year backlogs in licence renewals, and the Central Firearms Register's software costs alone exceed the amount budgeted for the Act? Software which is incapable of basic information retrieval?

  • Sydney - 2011-07-27 12:05

    LOL!!! Go ahead Cele.. Blow the whistle!! As accounting officer you will be held responsible for their deeds and your shocking response to the fraud is just the cherry on top.

  • bentz5000 - 2011-07-27 12:11


  • wfreyneke - 2011-07-27 12:12

    Cele please step down! You do not have a clue what's happening in the police force. Money that could have been used to better arm and equip members of the force is being stolen / wasted by you and your cronies. You are the weakest link!

      Khatman - 2011-07-27 12:16

      This man is against crime and you tell him he has no clue?

      Dave - 2011-07-27 12:20

      @ Khatman - how can he be against crime when he himself has been accused of the exact same thing? Surely you have to ask yourself that question?

      Khatman - 2011-07-27 12:27

      @Dave - We all cry about crime being and when these leaders do something about it we are happy but shortly after we cry about red tape not being followed

      PikeLee - 2011-07-27 12:38

      @khatman we are all against crime, sadly that does not qualify us to be in the position that he is. With your logic, my 3 year old niece should have his job. She might actually do a better job now that I think about it...

      PikeLee - 2011-07-27 12:39

      @Khatman what exactly has this man done to curb crime except adopt a more military stance. Crime still seems to be getting worse???

      Dave - 2011-07-27 12:47

      @ Khatman - we can find all the excuses under the sun, but how can you trust a man with that cloud over his head? If he came out and explained his story it might be a different story, you can't give a man respect when he has none for others. When were these stories first reported? long time ago my man, why all of a sudden he wants to do something about it? Not because he's trying to look like a hero and divert the attention away from himself? We all have our point of views, but we don't have to accept corrupt leaders and turn a blind eye.

      Kenno - 2011-07-27 12:53

      Yes Khatman....What part of this fraud and corruption DONT you understand???

      Khatman - 2011-07-27 13:08

      @Kenno - I understand that F and C is the new order menu for a better life for us

      PikeLee - 2011-07-27 13:17

      @Khatman. ok, thanks for clearing that up. At least now we know what we are dealing with. Funny how when the previous govt used these tactics how you cried like a baby. Now when it suits you its OK? I'm sorry, but normal folk, people with morals and ethics don't accept criminal behavior, no matter what the circumstances.Being black in SA is not a licence to be a thug (although you would think it was)

      Kenno - 2011-07-27 13:21

      and that is EXACTLY why a black run government will NEVER work. With your stupid , childish attitude and inane remarks. Does it not concern you that this country is going down the tubes because of these greedy, dishonest thieves? You still support them based on their colour? then you are as bad as the rest of them!! When you are all starving, you hands will go out to the evil western imperialists asking for help as your kids are starving, and the western world will...laugh at you and your stupidity!!! HA HA HA Arsehole!

      Lab-Rat - 2011-07-27 13:32

      Khatman - "This man is against crime and you tell him he has no clue?"...Ummm yes.

      PikeLee - 2011-07-27 13:33

      seriously, if khatman is anything to go by, if we didn't know already, this country is in big trouble!

      Felix - 2011-07-27 14:04

      Hey Kakman - F O back to Zim you bloody Zanu PF agent.

      umhlopo - 2011-07-27 19:30

      @khatman,you got a township education and now that you have posted your comments the whole of sa knows

  • Khatman - 2011-07-27 12:12

    Why remove my statements?

      PikeLee - 2011-07-27 13:17

      because they were stupid, deal with it

      Lab-Rat - 2011-07-27 13:34

      I second that. They were indeed stupid.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-07-27 15:54

      Because your a Troll that is purly here to spit racial slurs - go away or better do us all a favour and shoot urself in the head.

      zackie - 2011-07-27 17:20

      stupidity is not tolerated on News 24 please stop and go elsewhere

      umhlopo - 2011-07-27 19:31

      perhaps you pushed the wrong button,its post comment not log out

  • Muzi - 2011-07-27 12:18

    the three former police are the ones that the public protector also pointed fingers too, even though she said the bug should have stopped with Cele. Now let me tell you what will happen. Cele will reply to Mthethwa and Zuma by saying I fired the three criminals and asked the SIU to investigate as far back as 2009. Why is the SIU quiet on the matter? Cele is innocent. Your hatred for him does not make him guilty!!!

  • Martin - 2011-07-27 12:19

    Sowing confusion and creating smokescreens! Lets deal with one issue at a time shall we! What is your response to allogations in the public protectors report? Ok now! What is the progress on potential corruption complaints lodged in 2009? Seperate allogations against different alleged offenders about the same thing! CORRUPTION, STEALING, LYING, DISHONESTY, ABUSE, and USING MONEY THAT BELONGS TO US ( TAXPAYERS ) NOT YOU - SERVANTS

  • Dave - 2011-07-27 12:19

    Why not start with yourself by answering some questions? How can you investigate when you yourself have a cloud hanging over your head!

  • Ozymandios - 2011-07-27 12:20

    The fundamental rule of Business Management is "Shit floats down". If a company is doing well and make sound profits etc, then look to the person at the top. If they are ethical and have good leadership qualities then those qualities will flow down to every facet of the staff, even right down to the 'tea girl'( as Juliarse Dilema refers to them). If of course the opposite is the case then you know what floats down. Now this "turkey" is in charge and he definitely not in control as he does not know what the right hand is doing from the left. How can you run a business when R4bn is being misappropriated and you only NOW seek to see where it has gone and who authorised it? That kind of money is definitely a top priority in any company let alone a government department.I know of managers that have been fired for much less abuse of funds than this amount. The man seriously has a deficit in financal control methods, and even a greater deficit in basic management principals to say the least. Its not a case of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, but the darn horse is now over the 2nd hill way off into the distant sunset. But are we surprised when even our own President can't understand money matters. Yes the S)*(&%%$T really does float down here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BigD - 2011-07-27 12:22

    now we see the people starting to turn on each other. I am sure the anc want to rush the information bill through asap. It looks like if one person goes down they will split on the other so that all will come crumbling down. If you want effective responsible pricing on tenders - "then stop BBBEE". Give the best qualified person the tender at best price. But with present system one has to get BBEE and that can double the price for no real work done. At tender meetings one can see the cars parked outside - all the expensive cars are BEE owned.

  • wv - 2011-07-27 12:26

    This happens when a country is run by rubbish.

  • Ann - 2011-07-27 12:26

    Best form of defence?

  • jakethepeg - 2011-07-27 12:27

    Honestly, it gets better by the minute! You couldn't make it up if you tried. "Look teacher, the other boys did it too!"

  • edd - 2011-07-27 12:30

    The Corrupt investigating the Corrupt. What a joke!!!

  • The Third Wors - 2011-07-27 12:32

    The great irony.

  • dawie.snyman - 2011-07-27 12:32

    Smoke and mirrors...

  • Kevin - 2011-07-27 12:33


  • Darth - 2011-07-27 12:35

    Only in South Africa the criminals investigate theit own crimes

  • JC - 2011-07-27 12:35

    Took you a long time to start investigation these, moegoe!

  • Chronoman - 2011-07-27 12:35

    Now Cele pretends to care about tenders to see if he can save face.

  • squeegeepilot - 2011-07-27 12:36

    Cele will be gone by 1st September. Off to Japan as Ambassedor. Good riddance.

  • Thami Fraser - 2011-07-27 12:37

    Bheki Cele the come back kid!!!!!

  • Vernon - 2011-07-27 12:39

    Using what is called a decoy in the military.Smoke and chaff.

  • jamesbond - 2011-07-27 12:39

    Why dont you start with Malemas trust fund!!!!

  • Leeb123 - 2011-07-27 12:40

    I'm so enjoying this all unfold... Bring out the popcorn!

  • daaivark - 2011-07-27 12:41

    Classic misdirection strategy.

  • enragedcitizen - 2011-07-27 12:43

    is anyone really suprised at this? he is covering his own backside. nevermind that he keeps putting off the media briefings. its outrageous that a CIVIL servant is now puting off being held to account by the media. follow me on twitter for more thoughts @enragedcitiz3n

      Cheryl Muir - 2011-07-27 13:04

      this is why they the ANC have been so quiet...devising a smokescreen . it took zuma and his mates a few days t come up with this distraction. lets not lose focus...the enemy is Cele!!! it is all window dressing

      enragedcitizen - 2011-07-27 13:06

      exactly! this has nothing to do with any of them! they are just sending the media into a loop of red tape and delays!

  • 106SA - 2011-07-27 12:47

    Who cares anymore??1 billion;5 billion....."whatever billion"!!!!The ANC and cadres will continue with this blatant theft.What will change is:- "who's turn is next to steal"!!!!!!!!That's why they have the in fighting!All about the R 1000000000000's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mart - 2011-07-27 12:53

    I am seriously starting to believe the rumour that this organisation is the 'ANti-Christ', out to destroy any chance of South Africa becoming a utopian society. Perhaps we need to start 'cutting the heads off the snakes' by an en masse 'vote of no confidence' in this organisation's ability to control itself. Whatever an individual deployed in any capacity by a political party does, is a reflection of the mindset and aims of that whole party (with maybe a few exceptions.) I plead with the masses to denounce the pilfering of their assets by their leaders. We need to divide and destroy the enemy of this country. (which is quite clearly led by the ANC.)

  • Fikile - 2011-07-27 12:54

    This clearly is a sign of a man who would go to all lengths to take the sting out of his wrong-doing! Question: Why did he not deal with this before he was exposed?

  • GT - 2011-07-27 13:00

    CAN WE PLEASE ARREST THESE PEOPLE and charge them with corruption and maladministration. WTF are we waiting for??????

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-07-27 13:00

    Any male who is so vain as to have that many hats isnt realy gonna care about his (actually very difficult)job. .... smoke screen or smoke·screen (smkskrn) n. 1. A mass of dense artificial smoke used to conceal military areas or operations from an enemy. 2. An action or statement used to conceal actual plans or intentions.

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-07-27 13:01

    u morons must learn to read and understand the whole story before making all these stupid comments.....He ordered the probe in 2009(this is before the public protector started probing him).....also he cant be diverting attention from his own investigation when its The Star newspaper thats talking about that report.

  • ShakaN - 2011-07-27 13:01

    Greed..Greed..Greed.. you can tell me what you want it was never like this under the national party government. Apartheid definitely NO! but Greed/Corruption like what we are seeing today never seen before.

  • Barnz - 2011-07-27 13:01

    Saps...seems an apt name don't u think?