Presidency mum on Cele status

2012-05-25 07:29

Johannesburg - The board of inquiry into suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele's fitness to hold office has recommended that he be removed, the eNews channel reported on Thursday night.

However, President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said this was speculation.

"The president has received the report and is processing it and until then he will not engage in speculation," Maharaj said.

"There is no basis for the speculation," he said.

According to an eNews report, the board of inquiry found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office.

The television news channel reported that the board found his grave misconduct as national police commissioner and his apparent unlawful conduct further proved that he was unable to hold office.

Questionable relationship with Shabangu

It reported that evidence also suggested there was a questionable relationship between Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu.

The board was appointed by Zuma in November to probe Cele's fitness to remain in office and allegations of misconduct relating to two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban.

This, after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Cele's action pertaining to the leases was improper, unlawful and amounted to misconduct.

The team which led evidence against Cele in the inquiry called for his dismissal. He denied any wrongdoing.

Board of inquiry chairperson Judge Jakes Moloi presented the inquiry's report to Zuma on May 20.

Cele's counsel Vincent Maleka said on Thursday night that he had not seen the inquiry's report and so could not confirm whether it had been recommended that Cele be removed.

On the social networking site Twitter, Mail&Guardian editor Nic Dawes said that Cele was planning a court challenge.

  • Henri - 2012-05-25 07:33

    Just do us all a favour and remove this guy, hopefully employ someone this time that actually wants the job, can do it and be honest.

      Rob - 2012-05-25 07:48

      He will appeal the sentence as he is not paying for it. Only then will he be moved to a higher position of power and control. its the CANCER way!!!

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-25 08:07

      Of course he is going to appeal, as long as he is suspended he stays on full pay which he won't have to pay back to the state or the taxpayers. I still want to see how they are going to wriggle out of this one

      Citizen - 2012-05-25 08:17

      I want a laugh to see what Mac Maharaj's spin on this will be, do doubt he will become an 'Ambassador; in some obscure country as part of his re-deployment....

      david.b.mcfarlane - 2012-05-25 08:40

      Elton John got it right when he sang "Passengers".

      John - 2012-05-25 08:42

      waiting for the president to process the report, going to be awhile because the last thing i think he processed was the last illigitemate child he made, maybe that also masnt his doing but the neighbours and they just cathing him for maintenance

      Godfrey - 2012-05-25 08:59

      @Zoolie.....that is asking too much, remember Cele is a KZN Cader, did "great work" for the anc there. Hence his promotion.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-25 09:00

      If the president needs to study the report is't gone take another 4 years, whith his education of grade 8 we may be lucky!

      Bryan - 2012-05-25 09:00

      Around and around and around we go.....

      CliveK - 2012-05-25 10:22

      You are right Zoolie, preferably a career cop with a proven record of honesty, ability and management skills. Regrettably it seem that there are very few of those left in the police service. We definitely don't need another ANC-deployed cadre.

  • Anthony - 2012-05-25 07:36

    News 24 you have an ad "checkers" white and blue that keeps flashing, please stop it from flashing don,t stop the ad. thank you

  • Koos - 2012-05-25 07:37

    On urgent things they dragg their heels. On silly thing they act with the speed of a jack@ss.

  • Azande - 2012-05-25 07:43

    ANC, just do the right thing. Remove Mr Cele as recommended by your own formed Commission of Inquiry. finding ways around the recommendation isn't gonna help at all.

  • Thanduxolo - 2012-05-25 07:51

    Plz let gen cele stay,he is the 1st general to be afraid by criminals and he controlled officers and members very well.

      sk.malatsi - 2012-05-25 08:47

      Thandu seem clueless about ZA politics

      Vic - 2012-05-25 08:52

      "He is the 1st general to be afraid by criminals".Please explain.

  • bmaestro - 2012-05-25 07:54

    Bheki Cele is clearly not able to hold office.THE question is how did he get in that office inthe first place? bribed his way in?or bcoz he is J.Z 's top fella

      Jacqui - 2012-05-25 15:40

      Bmaestro, Zuma is generous to his friends. Although this one turned out to be a snake, apparently he is one of those that want Zuma removed at Mangaung.

  • bmaestro - 2012-05-25 07:55

    infact they want to promote him into higher place lol...these cowards ..damn.

  • bhulangwe - 2012-05-25 07:55 some idiots expect the presidency to talk about Cele right after the recomendetion from that old drunk Judge. You can't run government like that, not especially in SA where you have a constitution that protect everyone right. Gov need time to study and understand the report before taking a decision. I know im inviting insults form drug dealers and Rhino horns syndicates with this comment.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-25 09:23

      @ Bhulange, What other rubbish will you spew next? will you call the judge racist? Indeed you can't run a government like that. the constitution you are talking about is there primarily to protect the citizens from a corrupt, inept and thieving government. Next time someone breaks into your house think about the useless cops who are too busy signing corrupt contracts, helping drug dealers, extorting bribes or F@cking with inmates so they cannot be there to protect you and your loved ones. you are a human being and were born with brains and eyes, please use them. Open your eyes and see how the govt you are so vehemently supporting is screwing you and the rest of SA. The only way you are not being screwed is if you are one of the many with their hands in the cookie-jar, are you?

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-05-25 07:58

    well seeing he's connected with Roux , why not offer him a job as a security manager for all the properties , he owns ...afterall Cele got the experience .

  • jabu.lingwati - 2012-05-25 08:10

    i wish he be acquainted

      CliveK - 2012-05-25 10:25

      Well said, Watchman!

  • aikhona.zuma - 2012-05-25 08:12

    Surprise surprise. It will take the National Idiot another few years to `study the report`, and we all know how much studying really gets done. This is a very good article that very nicely sums up the `report studying` ability of our National Embarrasment -

      Steven - 2012-05-25 08:36

      Yes, all that time to study the report, and in the meantime Cele will still be suspended on full pay (and no doubt searching for another job while being paid by the taxpayer)....go figure...

      Willem - 2012-05-25 08:45

      There is no time to study this report or any other, or to govern. The Prez, Gwede Mantashe and the rest of the ANC is to busy putting out fires, and covering up their inaction/actions .

  • Michaele - 2012-05-25 08:13

    Who in government has "the capacity", certainly not the boss, JZ, who has surrounded himself with a group of corrupt associates.

  • Mark - 2012-05-25 08:15

    President Spineless will do little to heed the advice of the board of enquiry. He will simply move Cele to another higher paid position. Hence JZ will still be surrounded by his fellow thieving mates

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-25 08:22

    It's also mere speculation that the anc can govern.

  • Sundil - 2012-05-25 08:23

    the finding of the report then actually confirms that he has the credentials to hold office...

  • Anele - 2012-05-25 08:24

    How about find another commision of inqiury to find out that the findings of 1st one are correct? Or until findings suits cele,remember he is getting full wage wth all benefits,so what's the rush?

  • david.b.mcfarlane - 2012-05-25 08:26

    Mac Maharaj lies with a straight face!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-25 09:39

      That is why he got this job...

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-05-25 08:31

    DONT BUY City Press.

      neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-25 08:36

      Go and spread your boycotts at another place

      Steven - 2012-05-25 08:37

      Here's another song for you... Don't vote ANC....don't vote! Don't vote ANC....don't vote! Don't vote ANC....don't vote!

      Christopher - 2012-05-25 08:51

      @Poly they never did buy City Press the anc comrades, they cannot read and write! They buy papers with big pictures. City Press is actually going to get bigger readership from this.. Well done anc again.

      aikhona.zuma - 2012-05-25 09:14

      Its one of two things: Its either you are a real stupid, unrepentant ass, or you are an unmitigated, supremely qualified idiot with a shameful hunger for attention. Which one is it? Either or both?

      CliveK - 2012-05-25 10:29

      Presumably you get your "news" from New Age. No wonder you have such a one-eyed view of our inept and corrupt government and its jellyfish of a "leader".

  • Steven - 2012-05-25 08:32

    In light of the further waning of the President's popularity with the "Spear" saga, it might get him some political points by following these recommendations and getting rid of Cele. Will the President do it though? Highly unlikely, but if he does there will probably be a huge "golden handshake" attached to it for Cele...yet another form of corruption/cronyism...

  • Andre - 2012-05-25 08:33

    Its not rocket science to predict the outcome of Zuma's decision on the future of his criminal buddies...stop wondering. Cele is as safe as ever!

  • The-third - 2012-05-25 08:38

    You know. If a person chooses to surround himself with dodgy people the whole time logic would tell you that the person must be a dodgy character himself. The ANC should apologise to the nation for the scumbags they elect to head their party. The owe us all a deep and sincere, and humble, apology for the losers they choose to lead this nation.

  • Chris - 2012-05-25 08:44

    By now we should all have realised that the ANC apparatchik will not move to resolve an issue speedily. The only time they get their act in gear is when they send the trolls out to 'stone' the truth. Luthuli House must be a pretty empty nest these days as most of the cadre's are now supping at the tax payers trough and leaves only the caretaker to make important policy for the future.

  • Koos - 2012-05-25 08:47

    Newsflash: Zuma skildery verkoop vir triljoene!

  • Tsietsi - 2012-05-25 08:57

    How long does it take to study such a report and then take a decision? This is another indication that there is lack of decisive leadership. He may still be consulting as to how any decision on this matter may affect his chances in Mangaung. This country has no leader, Period!

  • Winifred - 2012-05-25 09:04

    HA HA HA he will DEPLOYED to something much better than before. Any bets????????????

  • Alan - 2012-05-25 09:06

    (Alan2) It's really fitting that Mac Maharaj be the spokesman regarding Cele, cnsidering the revelations not long ago about his own apparently dodgy connections.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-25 15:45

      Alan, they are all dodgy and Mac Maharaj is the number one liar, that's why he suddeny made a comeback. Remember the story about him being willing to sell ANC secrets?.

  • James - 2012-05-25 09:08

    "A questionable relationship with Roux Shabangu"? Shouldn't this be investigated and Roux Shabangu called to account?

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-25 09:08

    "The president has received the report and is processing it" means Zuma is looking for any dirt on himself first.

      aikhona.zuma - 2012-05-25 09:19

      Poor guy, always having to sleep with one eye open. With so much dirt on the National Embarrasment in the public domain, and probably truck-loads more we don`t know about, I would be surprised if he gets any sleep at all. If you take a look at his squinty, shifty-eyed visage, he probably can`t close both eyes at the same time anyway.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-25 09:14

    He will probably end up as SA's ambassdor to Syria, they also have a "shoot to kill" policy...

  • Polelwa - 2012-05-25 09:51

    I think the president trusted the Board of inquiry enough to come with the solution to Cele's allegations, now that the report is out, why is the office mum? Hey this is not a banana country, Cele must suffer for his wrong doings.

      Steven - 2012-05-25 11:13

      It's called "Lip Service"...a tactic commonly used by politicians to say they'll do something about something else but, in the end, sweep it under the presidential carpet in the hope that everyone forgets about what they said they were going to do...

  • CliveK - 2012-05-25 10:18

    Wouldn't it be more newsworthy to be able to report that the presidency "is taking immediate steps concerning (whatever)"? But I guess there's more chance of the Lions winning the Super 15, given the do-nothing nature of our Pres. Let it drift along for as long as possible - probably until December (Mangaung conference, remember)?.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 10:44

    Wander how long the study of this report will be. It takes him ages to read in any case.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-25 15:36

    Jacob fire his friend?. Never.

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