Hats off to Bheki Cele

2015-04-24 11:08
(File, Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Beeld)

(File, Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Beeld)

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Pretoria - As I walked into Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele's office in Pretoria earlier this week, he stood behind his desk in a pinstripe suit, light blue open-collar shirt, and the item he is most famous for, his hat.

A dark brown Dobbs fedora is perched on his head as he walks around the table and shakes my hand.

During the interview Cele removes the hat, but the minute I ask about when his fascination with hats started he beams and puts it back on.

"I don't know where it came from. I remember I picked two and somebody said it looks good and I never stopped," he says, chuckling.

He is sympathetic to others who wear hats because they usually get told "looks good, you remind us of Bheki Cele".

"They are accused of not being original. But more and more people are coming back [to wearing hats]."

He said one of his comrades had told him the hat made him look "tsotsi", like a gangster.

"I said no, that is part of the ANC history. It has never been anti-struggle. Actually it was part of the fashion struggle and the ANC signature... you look at those pictures [from the 1950s] all those guys have hats," Cele says, looking pleased with himself.

Asked about whether he has ever thought of creating his own line of hats, Cele laughs and says no.

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