Cele warned against evading questions

2012-03-08 14:44

Pretoria - Suspended police chief Bheki Cele was warned against evading questions on Thursday at an inquiry in Pretoria into his alleged misconduct.

Board of inquiry chairperson Judge Jake Moloi's warning came as Cele was being questioned on his role in the identifying of a building in Pretoria which was earmarked as the new police headquarters.

Questions, posed by evidence leader Viwe Notshe, some of which Cele answered by saying "I am not sure", also related to a memorandum handed to Cele by his former deputy and police procurement head Hamilton Hlela.

Cele said he read about the Middestad building in Pretoria for the first time on May 10, 2010. This was in the form of a memorandum about the police headquarters in Pretoria. Cele approved the funding for the Sanlam Middestad lease on that day.


Notshe said the structure of the memorandum appeared to suggest Cele had had a discussion about this particular building before. Cele said he had discussed accommodation broadly.

Cele said he did not authorise any inspections of the building by Hlela, and did not arrange particular meetings with certain individuals.

Hlela's earlier testimony was that Cele instructed him to initiate meetings.

Cele testified his trust in his former deputy diminished over time because of his questionable work ethic.

Cele, in a grey suit and blue, striped tie, said Hlela would okay a decision that had been rejected by his seniors. This and other incidents led to Cele stripping Hlela of some of his powers.

Cele was questioned on Wednesday about his testimony that he sometimes signed documents without reading them.

The hearing, prompted by Public Protector Thuli Mandonsela's negative findings on Cele's role in the police lease saga, continues.

  • PhilipV - 2012-03-08 15:16

    Passing the buck are we.

  • Lehlohonolo - 2012-03-08 15:26

    He is too arrogant

  • Rodger - 2012-03-08 15:30

    Fact is he was the Accounting Officer, regardless.

  • Mark - 2012-03-08 15:50

    Another day, another cadre blaming his incompetence on somebody else. The boss takes the glory and the rap if it goes wrong, it's his responsibility, or didn't they teach you that at political school fella? If we've a million civil servants like him then all the court cases are going to take forever.

  • Prudence - 2012-03-08 15:59

    "Cele was questioned on Wednesday about his testimony that he sometimes signed documents without reading them" Not good enough. How can a man in his position just sign without scrutinizing..Disappointing. Or he thinks by saying this he'll get his job back. If he was working for me, he'd be fired.

  • Irene - 2012-03-08 16:07

    Only in ANC-led South Africa is the corrupt chief cop replaced with one that is even more corrupt and even more arrogant. This is the tip of the iceberg people. The entire ANC are pure filth. Rubbish. Pondscum. And that includes their supporters who keep voting them into power due to their ignorance and destroying the entire country for everyone.

      Babalo Sam-Zini - 2012-03-08 16:24

      this is where we need to learn that South africa is indeed ruled by the ANC gov, and this will carry on until most of us die, i.e the word corruption exist because there are corrupt people in this world and the law should deal with the individuals and for you involving the party(ANC) for ones shortfalls you have problems with the party, ADVICE try England,Australia,America, Brazil ect and see how many corruption cases are there and still the law deals with those individuals and there is no ANC there.

      Tony - 2012-03-08 20:54

      No babalaas Sam zini ...this is where you need to learn.... Aw forget it ... You will never learn that ANC are useless...

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  • Den - 2012-03-08 16:38

    thanks babalo, thats ok then, we will just have to except it....silly of us to object as our country fall to pieces under new managment.

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