Taxpayers fork out R1.3m for Cele's salary

2011-11-20 11:46

Johannesburg - Taxpayers will spend at least R1.3m a year on suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele's salary, according to reports on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Tummi Shai said the current salary of the police commissioner was between R1.3m and R1.5m a year, the Sunday Tribune reported.

Taxpayers were also expected to fork out millions more on Cele's legal fees.

Cele was suspended on October 24 on full pay, for his alleged role in the procurement of two police leases worth R1.6bn.

Taxpayers had already spent more than R30m on the legal costs for former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride, according to the report.

Selebi was convicted of taking bribes from drug dealers in July 2010 after being suspended between February 2008 and July 2009.

McBride was convicted of drunk driving in April this year after being arrested in December 2006. He was dismissed in September 2008.

Selebi and McBride are both appealing.

Meanwhile, the board of inquiry into the leases was taking formative steps, with the three-member board meeting to receive important documents, the Sunday Tribune reported.

  • Derk - 2011-11-20 12:13

    forking hell

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-25 18:30

      Here my friends, is the real reason why crime stats have shown a decrease... it's because Cele is a fraud and he has a mandate to lower crime. So he plays with the data to keep the money.

  • Vusi - 2011-11-20 12:19

    This sordid brainless manner of squandering tax payers money, just underlines how backward we are. But what do you expect when you have to elect officials appointed from a pool of uneducated communists (or so they want everyone to believe) This defies all logic. No wonder they refer to us as a Third World Country. We should cage these ANC officials, display then at a zoo and have foreigners pay an entrance fee to come look at these unique species we have here!

      Robbie - 2011-11-20 12:59

      Vusimabaso-I've read previous comments of yours and your above comment and think you should be our next president.

      Vusi - 2011-11-20 13:19

      Thanks Robbie, but I won't last very long. They will spear me to death! The first thing I'll stop is this car buying frenzy where even Mayors are driving around in R1.5 Million cars. Next up would be these massive performance bonuses of the apes that run Escom and all the other parastatals. AND THEN......this cr@p system that pays criminals a full salary while on suspension!!!!!

      Francois - 2011-11-20 13:28

      VusiMabaso, they may not use the traditional assegai, but a spear more affluently used on ladies.

      Heinrich - 2011-11-20 13:41

      Hi Vusi. I don't read the news everyday.(Survival tactic). Some time ago I read that you were starting a petition to stop wasteful expenditure by government. Is this still on?

      Vusi - 2011-11-20 13:53

      Hi Heinrich. Yes I am. I am busy with the wording, and the petition will be up on within the next few weeks. We hope that South Africa stands behind me because very few really seem to care about this issue.

      lee.ferreira - 2011-11-20 14:16

      Vusi, you are a man after my own heart, wish there were more like you! I support you every step of the way, you can call on me if you need any help in my region, the Eastern cape!

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-20 12:20

    lets make him the next president ...(sarcasm)

  • Wesley - 2011-11-20 12:22

    Bliksem, I wonder how much did we pay for suspended holes since 1994. Trilions

      Vusi - 2011-11-20 12:31

      This is what happens Wesley when you don't have to answer to anybody. Collude with the phone companies to make Internet access as expensive as possible and then your "voters" never read about your wasting of state funds because they can hardly afford bread let alone a computer. An entire nation is being taken for the biggest ride in history and the best of all is, they don't even know it!

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-11-20 12:28

    And now comes Block, Maharaj, mrs Cwele. Still a few others - even Malenama, it never stops - and they all appeal in stead of just admitting?? It's a CULTURE

  • Ian - 2011-11-20 12:39

    corrupt stinking fat pig

  • anne.crewe - 2011-11-20 12:50

    And now they [ANC] want to stop us from knowing about their illegal doings! [ bill, wear black on Wed.]

  • Christopher Hart - 2011-11-20 12:53

    Why the f¤@#§% hell should we pay for him to do the same thing that all of our unemployed youth are doing at this moment, Just sitting on their backsides hoping and praying work will come to them.

  • Eve - 2011-11-20 12:54

    What has Cele done for the public to deserve even a FRACTION of this preposterous salary? The man looks just one step up from brain-dead and can't even hold a coherent conversation. Another prime example of "just because he's black"!

  • Sharon - 2011-11-20 12:56

    making a good CV for himself for president>>>

  • Neville - 2011-11-20 13:04

    And he is getting money from Shabangu for the deal, it make me sick how this thiefs steal from the poor and getting away with it shame to Zuma and his cabinet i will think of voting ANC after i am dead

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-20 13:20

    he should be in for the high jump but it is all for show. he will be looked after just like that thief schabir shaik and family...,corrupt pigs. f..k u all

  • Jannie - 2011-11-20 13:29

    Why we as South Africans tolerate paying for despot scum liveyhoods is beyond me, it is time to stop this, it is time to say NO MORE. Are we going to moan about it on News24? or are we actually going to do something about it.? Speak your minds people,and lets start action.

      Robbie - 2011-11-20 13:53

      Well then start the action Jannie.

      Jacob - 2011-12-02 13:36

      Jannie - get organised; i will support you.

  • rex.aspeling - 2011-11-20 13:36

    Pay him double! He turned the tables on our Violent Criminals

  • Masiagwala Alilali Allie - 2011-11-20 13:41

    south africa *sigh*

  • lee.ferreira - 2011-11-20 14:10

    Why must we pay their legal fees? If I go to court for any reason, I have to pay. Why are they priviledged? What law says we have to pay for their wrongdoing???

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-20 14:17

    It is becoming increasingly important to rewrite this magical book dealing with Government Officials' salaries, perks and privileges. I personally think South Africans should have a say in this and therefore suggest an independent ad hoc committee comprising all levels of society to deliberate on this. The committee is to be appointed jointly by the ruling Party and Opposition Parties, on a 50/50 basis. Some of the principles to be contained in the book should be : 1)There should be a fixed ratio of Top Salary : Bottom Salary. 2)Trips abroad should have quantified outcomes and be subject to prior approval from a "lower" level. Actual outcomes should be measured against planned outcomes. 3)There should be efficiency/efficacy targets for each department. 4)Should there be any alleged deliberate wrongdoing, such cases should be investigated and resolved within one month of the case being opened. 5) Anyone found guilty of such wrongdoing, should automatically be dismissed and stripped of all perks and privileges. Such person forfeits his/her pension. Only contributions made by the official should be paid back to him/her. Of course there are many more issues at stake, but it really is time for this crookery to stop and for South Africans, as employer, to start managing their employees (the Government). Which well managed business will allow its employees to write their own pay cheques and then steal as much as they can as well?

  • Nitesh - 2011-11-20 14:28

    so isn't this proof that the DUMB ANC should rather try something else than run SA....then again, the majority of the supporters ar just as viva....

      Heinrich - 2011-11-20 15:00

      Nitesh : I think the ANC is doing a rather sterling job of running South Africa. Into the ground.

  • hpitout - 2011-11-20 16:19

    This is why the poor, living in shacks will remain poor, living in shacks! See ... hopefully something will come of it!

  • Transkie Sun - 2011-11-20 16:35

    It's a small amount if you look at the bigger picture

  • Kevin - 2011-11-20 16:48

    What is wrong at the top of the Hawks? Firstly the other fat thug has been investigated for months and he is still not in jail. Now we have a very easy case and it is taking so long to get him fired. I smell a rat.

  • Ian - 2011-11-20 18:50

    They are entitled to there legal fees being paid as the offences took place whilst they were doing their jobs (however, how McBride and Selebi qualify is beyond me. Should they be found guilty they are to repay the money...........but now they are jail how are they going to earn the money to repay? So they get the defense for free anyway............

  • Piet - 2011-11-20 20:07

    Everyday we read stories about taxpayers money that is wasted.But nothing is done by government to stop this from happening. Tax money is a bottomless pit for the government and in this country these days if you are suspended for wrong doing you still get paid your salary. Why not just suspend him without salary or half of it. Furthermore must the taxpayer pay for his legal fees. He must proof he is not guilty, so let him pay, and he will just appeal and the story will start all over again.

  • fredahsm - 2011-11-20 23:32

    Hola, hola, Boss!

  • phathuchicos - 2011-11-21 00:03

    The apartheid government used white tax and black labour discounts to buy nuclear materials to distabilize the country and no body moaned and now for a salary all hell broke...thats not fair.

      phathuchicos - 2011-11-21 01:41

      oh well another extraodinary intelligent colourless guy profiling me, how bored are you with your pathetic reasons? and create a real fb account next time.

      geoffreywaugh - 2011-12-02 09:53

      @ azanian, 'pathetic reasons'?? i think henno pretty much lawyered your ass on that one, take it gracefully and limp away like as much of a man as you look in your profile (16years+/-?)

  • Herman - 2011-11-21 08:00

    This anc criminal regime must be destroyed, quickly!

  • Helmut - 2011-12-02 10:43

    WTF. Government/ANC want to make sure they also get full pay should they be found out. No other reason for paying the cowboy still a salary, unless he pays it back once he is dismissed! (fat chance). Our kleptocracy is progressing nicely!

  • Jacqui - 2011-12-02 10:47

    It is getting more disgusting by the day.

      Nick - 2011-12-02 11:42

      It is disgusting, but we must be happy that we hear about these issues at the moment. As long as we know the anti ANC groups will grow in strength.Let's get this petition going.

  • Jacob - 2011-12-02 13:30

    I wanna become a lawyer - look at all the monies they make out of the corrupt ANC's. Is there not a kickback to Cele, Selebi, Mcbride, etc from the lawyers for bringing in so much business?

  • angela.salloway - 2011-12-07 07:13

    Just think of all the houses for the poor that these millions would buy!

  • Hein - 2011-12-12 12:35

    There are two things that the South African public is still wondering about: 1. What is the Police "Media Centre" 's opinion on Cele now? (cf. 2. What do they mean by "media practioners?" Surely they don't mean media pracTItioners, otherwise they would have said so. After all: The Police is Eminently Editorally Competent, not so!?!

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