Take care of foot soldiers - Cele

2012-06-13 16:44

Johannesburg - Axed police chief  Bheki Cele on Wednesday advised newly appointed police commissioner Mangwashi Victoria "Riah" Phiyega to work with police officers who were out in the field every day, and not just the high ranking officials.

Cele was speaking at a news conference in Pretoria, a day after being fired by President Jacob Zuma.

He congratulated Phiyega, and said she has his backing.

Cele said although he did not know her, he believed Zuma would always choose competent people.

"She did not steal my job, she answered the same call I did three years ago."

Although Phiyega had a strong background in administration, Cele said the job of police commissioner had little to do with administration and more to do with the work on the ground - "being in the trenches with the men and women in blue".

"Work with the generals but make sure you work most with your foot soldiers," he said.

"Take care of the foot soldiers - they are the people fighting crime."

  • BlaqDrumz - 2012-06-13 17:09

    Cele should really shut now though

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-06-13 17:37

      Blaqdrumz; If you check well there was only 1 news conference where he said all this. It is media who choose to pick a statement at a time and make headlines out of it. So please direct your comment to people like N24 not him.

  • Mbavhalelo - 2012-06-13 17:10

    He was a good police man. I wish he never did what got him exed cos he was very valuable but offcourse corruption and poor administration cannot be tolerated

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-06-13 18:55

      @Mbavhalelo I disagree. I believe he was useless in all respects. He is also dishonest.

      sabongam - 2012-06-14 11:58

      He was a good cop - as much as our crime stats are way beyond ridiculous he managed to bring the rate down especially on violent crime... I think it was a matter of his inexperience on the administration side of things from, but he performed his core duties excellently, in my opinion. By the way he was not in charge of procuring the buildings - he admitted as much that he did recommend that those buildings be acquired in agreement with theDept of Public Works, which was what got him fired...The duty for procurement of the buildings was the job of Public Works which also got the minister fired. Cele as the National Commisioner simply signed off on what the Dept. of Public Works had already acquired.

  • Busani - 2012-06-13 17:28

    Bheki Cele i feel your intensions were likely honerable and meant no harm or illegal practice, you are a good person. BUT you made some poor judgment calls and were far too ANC'ed in your actions. One day you will come to realise the ANC were not the right place for you comrade. They poisoned you my friend.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-06-13 21:00

      Busani, are you mad? he was going to waste 1.3 Billion Rand on a building (buildings?) that his mate Shabangu was going to buy AFTER the lease was signed. So you are saying that a corrupt person had honourable intentions?? The only place that is the right place for him and the likes in in a rotten cell.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-06-13 17:32

    Irrespective now whether he is guilty or not, can this publicity stunt now please pass us by? People are not quite so naive as some may think.

  • Manu - 2012-06-13 17:34

    I give the man credit he has shown a lot of class here.

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-13 17:35


  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-13 17:37

    What about appointing family and friends to top posts in the police service without experience and necessary qualifications like you did Bheki Cele?

      Silindile - 2012-06-13 18:05

      You're confusing Mdluli with Cele... Please man. Know your facts b4 attempting to comment next time.

      clinton.bowden1 - 2012-06-13 18:45

      Silindile, Prakash is actually right, Cele did make such appointments to friends and family ( his father in law being one of them ) but it happened so long ago every one has forgotten about it and it was never dealt with.

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-13 17:38

    Iyo useyahawukisa ngoku lotata

      msendi - 2012-06-13 18:38

      Khula bo!!!

  • xhatelutho - 2012-06-13 17:41

    Mr Cele is totally right about the advice through his expirience in the SAPS leadership.But I don't like the indirect presure he's putting to the new commissioner. It's seems like he wants her do things as he has done.She must be having new strategies in place to turn things around.I hope there's a positive compliment aligned to his public speeches.

      abram.spamers - 2012-07-06 10:21

      If Mr Cele did his job right (besides the corruption) why change the system? Fine if you think the police are being mismanaged but a change should be for the better not just for the sake of change.

  • neo.mogatusi - 2012-06-13 17:42

    true dat dee

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-13 17:53

    Shame this guy is gonna make me cry now, unaware Shabangu realy put him in k.k

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-13 18:58

      He did'nt do his job properly, nothing sad about that.

      Aj - 2012-06-14 11:10

      crime fighting thief is closer

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-13 17:55

    He couldn't even advise I'm self, now knows everything.HeHe!!!

      Ditoa-re - 2012-06-13 18:07

      He is only advising the dealing with crime part, not the administration part

  • mavuso.ngcangisa - 2012-06-13 18:00

    Great advice by th former Commissiner, bcoz as a commissioner you need 'th foot soldiers' support as they r th ones doing th donkey work.

  • vian.kroon - 2012-06-13 18:00

    Een van die min wat n verkil kon maak. Sterkte voorentoe. (Almal maak opregte foute) Jy tree met die nodige waardigheid uit...

  • Cor-marie Olivier Nel - 2012-06-13 18:05

    The best advice ever!!!

  • sonya.p.ley - 2012-06-13 18:16

    What a load of Crock, he just got fired for being incompetent and corrupt

  • mzwa.chiliza - 2012-06-13 18:21

    The management of the police is not taking good care of the members at the junior level,look at the difference between the salary of a constable and general's salary.very huge.but the job of crime prevention is done by junior members plus junior members are the ones facing the bullets

  • fanie.smit.5 - 2012-06-13 18:24

    Talk about the blind leading the blind!

  • Lana - 2012-06-13 18:42

    A man who knows how to leave the stage with dignity. Some other disgraced individuals in government can take a few pointers here...

  • Shiko - 2012-06-13 19:00

    Thanks General I think General Victoria will continue where you left.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-13 19:14

    Zuma always appoints competent people? Haha history and yourself cele proves that statement to be incorrect.

  • jerry.modupe - 2012-06-13 19:53

    realy he was d best,just anc cadres didnt want him(plot by mdluli)

  • buwaz - 2012-06-13 20:14

    If the new General takes Cele advice n combine wit her office administration I dnt c her failing,many high ranking officials of SAPS r civilian who just got high post due to education,many never even chased criminal or responding to serious crime in progress,cele is correct \Take care of those constable,sergeant,w/o on de ground they wil b motivated n work

  • Quiet Mennong - 2012-06-13 20:27

    Lets hope that the new commissioner won't turn saps to south african police social services. Needless to say Cele was the best operationally.

  • ian.pollock.313 - 2012-06-13 20:32

    Please Cele you are in no position to give advise

  • John - 2012-06-13 21:52

    Good riddance to the thug, liar,corrupt, nepotic, ignorant, political appointee! \r\nLet's see if the woman can get her upper management properly trained, and use the chain of COMMAND! Good management is what is required along with ETHICS and INTEGRITY!

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