DA welcomes Cele suspension report

2011-09-25 21:50

Johannesburg - A report that national police commissioner General Bheki Cele would be suspended this week was a step in the right direction, the DA said on Sunday.

Democratic Alliance police spokesperson Diane Kohler Barnard said: "We find it extraordinary that the presidency has taken so long to act against Cele, as Public Protector [Thuli Madonsela] ruled he was guilty of maladministration."

The Sunday Times reported that Cele was expected to be handed a final letter of suspension this week when President Jacob Zuma returned from a visit to the United States.

Madonsela's first report, released in February, was on her investigation into the Sanlam building in Pretoria, leased for R500m. Her second report examined the R1.1bn agreement to lease Transnet Tower in Durban.

She found that the lease deal, signed with businessman Roux Shabangu, was concluded in an unlawful and improper way and that Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde be held responsible.

Madonsela called on Zuma to take action against them.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said last week that Zuma took the report seriously, which was why he had decided not to make a "hasty or haphazard" decision.

However, he was quoted in the newspaper as saying the lease deal scandal had "the potential for causing some uncertainty in the police force and that's not good".

Kohler Barnard said that if the Sunday Times report was true, it was appropriate that an experienced officer who worked his or her way up the police ranks be appointed to the post.

The last two "civilians" appointed to the position were embroiled in scandals, she said.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde last week filed papers in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in a bid to have the contracts declared null and void. She said the lease deal for police office space had been entered into before her appointment as minister.

The presidency was not avail to comment on Sunday.

  • leonard - 2011-09-25 22:11

    Better late than never I suppose.Now, what about the other rotten apples?

      Sedick - 2011-09-26 00:25

      It takes a while for Zuma to "apply his mind".....

      DW - 2011-09-26 09:00

      Zuma and his government will only get tough on corruption when it involves people who are a threat to him. He is a mafia type bully who is raking in billions and doesnt want to leave just yet. I havent noticed any attempt to investigate his nephew and Mandela's grandson in their grand theft - why, because Zuma, in all probability, was behind the whole scheme and was one of the beneficiaries. When he shows a true commitment to IMMEDIATELY suspend, investigate and fire ANYONE guilty of corruption, I might believe him. But he is selective who gets investigated, he stalls and procrastinates and pretends to be doing something. Then, only when the accused turns out to have some sort of agenda to help in getting him ousted next year, he turns on them like a rabid dog. I dont trust him. Get rid of Malema and then work on getting rid of Zuma. They are both cut from the same cloth.

      York Hunt - 2011-09-26 13:34

      Ah some paid, extended leave for Cele. And, while he's suspended on full pay - he'll accrue more leave. Nice!

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-25 22:13

    This is the second national police commissioner who is corrupt. The ANC lead government keep making stupid and embarrassing choices. Who suggested Cele for this position in the first place? Zuma must take action and prove he can lead by getting rid of Cele. The worst thing ever is a corrupt top cop!

      Mabhulwana - 2011-09-25 22:17

      He is not even a cop! He is an ANC politician serving and advancing the cause of the ANC at the expense of our police force and the taxpayer.

      braveheart - 2011-09-25 22:17

      Almost as bad as a corrupt President!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-25 23:13

      ANYONE remotely CONNECTED to the ANC is CROOKED, CORRUPT and a THIEF! PROVE ME WRONG! From a TOWNSHIP "SKOTTEN" PIMP, to a "GENERAL".... NOGAL!!! He can tender his resignation and live off R80 000 a month, TAX FREE, for the REST OF HIS LIFE, as a "GENERAL"!!!!!!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-09-26 09:10

      @ AMS-Dammer Those kinds of inflamatory statements have no place in our society. It's those statements that seriously put us on genocide watch. The next thing you will be calling for the extinsion of the group that you feel is corrupted and you have proven out of the over 11 million people who voted ANC.

      York Hunt - 2011-09-26 13:39

      @myancmydownfall Its not statements of TRUTH that puts us on genocide watch 6. Its calls from the ANC to shoot white people, particularly farmers. You're not too bright are you?

  • herman.brummer - 2011-09-26 03:29

    Agreed, promote a cop! Its just common sense, something the ANC lacks!

  • Liberty - 2011-09-26 03:36

    My only consern is for how long he is going to be on paid suspension. A couple of years?

  • czovczov - 2011-09-26 07:14

    I already knew we were screwed from the moment this king of bling police commissioner came on to the scene and insisted on being addressed as GENERAL CELE.

  • Mart - 2011-09-26 08:12

    Here's 1 x 'Vote of No Confidence in Zuma'. Anyone else care to vote with me?

  • Kabelo - 2011-09-26 08:22

    How will that decrease crime - Zille, u out of all people! Wonder what is it u intend hiding, Cele is doing great in fighting crime. So who willl replace him? ANC - Wake up! Wake up now before the whole world laughed at you, you let other parties rule against your best candidates - what is it will u be left with? If you're reading this, I think u need to sit down and plan your move properly - u're in power, show that by protecting u candidates in parliament. Crime starts decrease and yet the boss is fired! That u'll see in news soon, and crime stats with again increase - back to square one u'll be. WAKE UP!!!!!!

      Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-09-26 08:39

      ROFL - twat Kabelo!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 08:58

      Kabelo Kabelo...Kabelo... Where in the headline does it mention Zille? The name Kohler Barnard does appear... but yet to find the name Zille! Looks like you just commented because you saw the DA name and did not even BOTHER READING THE ARTICLE!!! So TYPICAL OF YOU ANC IDIOTS!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 09:00

      "....If you're reading this, I think u need to sit down and plan your move properly - u're in power, show that by protecting u candidates in parliament. Crime starts decrease and yet the boss is fired! That u'll see in news soon, and crime stats with again increase - back to square one u'll be....." WTF Kabelo????? I DOUBT you can make head or AR5E from that post... because I and many like minded people CANNOT! Also looks like you did not enjoy or FINISH your OBE EDUCATION EITHER!!!

      ian.d.samson - 2011-09-26 12:02

      Hey Kabelo, nothing will "wake up" the ANC - not even a neutron bomb! They're so fast asleep, doing their own thing, the entire world IS already laughing at them. I think YOU ought to "wake up"!

      thusanom - 2011-09-26 13:52

      Kabelo, my man I totally agree with you. Cele is doing a good job, he is the only one police commissioner who calls a spade a spade. Maybe this people who commented here are criminals themselves who only wants to get rid of Cele so that they can make the lives of ordinary citizen a living hell. they are whites who think they can run this country better, they are the Hellen Zille of this country, we can do much better without them.

  • Babba x - 2011-09-26 08:40

    So we have another comrade that will be sitting at home earning a fat salary?

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 09:02


  • myancmyfutur - 2011-09-26 09:15

    General Cele's passion in fighting crime will surely be missed.

      d2eguy - 2011-09-26 10:21

      I will not miss this idiot , cele one bit and hopefully we will get a top cop that can fight crime on all levels but most of all please can we have a honest minister for a change .

  • Dianne - 2011-09-26 11:47

    Kabelo - my name is Dianne Kohler Barnard, the Shadow Minister of Police - and I am not the WC Premier, nor the leader of the Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille. If you're going to insult the DA, please insult the appropriate person, and the way to do that is to actually read the article you're referring to.

      gary.hope1 - 2011-10-03 14:10

      Dianne, love your work, keep up the good fight!

  • AntonioP - 2011-09-26 12:02

    This joke (The Generalissimo / cowboy / moron) has shot himself in the corrupt foot. (But not to kill!) So now he's sitting in his home -fitted out with our moolah. getting more of it -for doing nothing. 'To be eventually succeeded by the next nincompoop with long fingers. And so it goes....

  • allows - 2011-09-26 12:31

    How many police commissioners is that now - and how many still to come before we have a competent, honest, hard working, efficient one?

  • jennet.brown - 2011-09-26 12:58

    Yes and a FISH rots from the head down..............

  • Leona Mmapelo - 2011-09-26 13:54

    let them appoint my father he is with de police 4moredan 30yrs with expirience in finace

  • Tebza - 2011-09-27 09:16

    Promotion: this process entails putting someone in a new higher position because we believe they can bring a better new change and development in that particular department. When Mahlangu-Nkabinde was appointed she was believed to be a proper candidate to change how things are done and the first thing I do is to look into previous deals in order to understand and be able to manage future deals and show my superiors that I am the real one and can reduce costs. She saw a wrong deal done by the person she replaced. however wrong it was, she let it slide. now it has been revealed and suddenly she cries it was before I joined. she was put there to fix things like those. all she knows is to cost us more unnecessary bills like she did with the private jet. she must also go. she should have been the one to highlight this corruption before Madonsela.

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