Witness: Cele fumed over lease delays

2012-03-06 14:39

Pretoria - Suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele was fuming over delays in the leasing of the Middestad building in Pretoria, an inquiry into his conduct heard on Tuesday.

"He was fuming when he called me. He said I didn't want to give him the two floors at the Middestad building," former deputy national police commissioner Lieutenant General Hamilton Hlela told the hearing in Pretoria.

Hlela said Cele had caused him severe mental discomfort, leading to his early retirement.

Before he stepped down in August 2010, Hlela was also head of the police's supply chain management division, mandated with making needs analyses for police accommodation.

"I told him that I was not the one handling the matter, but the department of public works. I wanted to serve in the police until I reached 60 years, but had to leave at 55."

Vincent Maleka, SC, for Cele, said Hlela was making the claims to suit his testimony after reading Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the contentious leases.

Four more witnesses were expected to testify on the second day.

The board of inquiry will seek to establish whether Cele acted corruptly or dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two leases for police office space.

Its brief is also to examine his fitness to hold office and capacity to efficiently execute his duties.

Madonsela found Cele's action pertaining to leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban, valued at R1.6bn, was "improper and unlawful".

The finding would form part of evidence at the inquiry.

The board was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in October 2011.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-06 14:52

    Put the thug in the dirtiest jail he made the criminals go in. 30 years has a nice ring to it . Save the TAXPAYER . Book a cop.

      radek.tanski - 2012-03-06 15:08

      Kevin, its not like all the others aren't the same. He just got caught not paying tribute to the leader, and financing opposition within the ANC. The whole thing smacks of victor's justice.

      Yar - 2012-03-06 20:39

      Sadly Kev, I think he kept more criminals out of jail than he ever put in to jail.

  • Andre - 2012-03-06 15:09

    Just look at Cele's face and you see guilty!

      Holden - 2012-03-06 15:55

      Shoot the bass ted. And the Maleka clown too.

  • Cina - 2012-03-06 15:47

    One of these days we will have a special jail just filled with corrupt government officials & there cronies.

      reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-06 15:50

      We already's called parliament.

  • breakthrough.sefolo - 2012-03-06 16:09

    Commissioner Cele has jeoperdised his one chance to be a national commissioner of our country.Commissioner,once a person is in the limelight, his/her entirerity is exposed to the public,so it is difficult to retain his/her dignity if he/she deceives the same public he/she ought to serve

      Yar - 2012-03-06 20:42

      @break I am puzzled. Can you please say that again in a human language.

  • Peter - 2012-03-06 16:35

    Anybody who dresses like Michael Jackson, and actually thinks he looks like a professional policeman, should not be trusted. The Head of Police is not about Gucci shoes and bling, FFS. What a pity that promotion based on merit is no longer allowed. I pity the proud and dedicated officers that had to listen to this clown.

  • Amien - 2012-03-06 18:41

    birds of a feather flock togetgher first Comrade Jackie Selebie and now Cele who next?????????????

      Yar - 2012-03-06 20:44

      Who is next - All of them. They just can't help themselves. Have to steal everything in sight.

  • IrvinIco - 2012-03-06 18:52

    Why do our Presidents keep appointing National Police Commisioners who end up in courts and commisions of enqueiry for for crimes and dodgy activities. Is our country deplete of upstanding candidates for such a crucial office?

  • Graham - 2012-03-06 21:26

    our jails are reportedly the second most filled in the world!To claim the record all we need to do is convict all our corrupt parliamentarians-starting from the top down.

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