Zuma met with Cele

2012-06-10 11:08

Durban - President Jacob Zuma met with suspended police commissioner General Bheki Cele in Durban, Cele's spokesperson said on Saturday.

"I can confirm that President Zuma met with General Cele on Friday as scheduled by a meeting request from Cele earlier," Cele's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize said.

"I am not at liberty to go into the discussions of the meeting that took place or why the meeting was scheduled."

Mkhize said Cele wrote to Zuma on 27 May to request a meeting and Zuma responded on 6 June.

The Sunday Times reported that Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj declined to confirm or deny the meeting at the Dr John L Dube House, the presidential residence in Durban.

The newspaper reported that Zuma's letter informing Cele that he is fired was delivered to Cele's house in Durban on Tuesday.


Media reports on Thursday said Cele had in fact been fired and Maharaj said he refused to comment on "rumours".

In May, a board of inquiry appointed by Zuma found Cele unfit to hold office and recommended he be fired. He has been suspended since last year.

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

The inquiry followed a finding in July by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that Cele's involvement in deals to acquire police office space was "improper, unlawful and amounted to maladministration".

Madonsela concluded that while Cele had not signed the final lease, he had initiated negotiations with property tycoon Roux Shabangu, and had seemed determined to secure the leases despite warnings against them.

The board of inquiry was mandated to establish whether Cele acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with Shabangu, one for a building in Pretoria, another for a building in Durban worth R1.6bn.

  • John - 2012-06-10 11:14

    I wonder how much cash was exchanged?

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-10 11:30

      Ova, white people are born privileged not in terms of wealth but in terms of potential....and that my friend is the law of nature.

      Ian - 2012-06-10 11:42

      @ under educated , perhaps it has more to do with the fact that we choose to study in places of learning instead of BURNING THEM DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pls provide a link to that study, we want to see it, pls enlighten us

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 11:47

      Henk, troll Ovapriviledge only has one message. Having learned to cut and paste, the young fella just can't get enough of it. Indulge the fool he grew up lonely.

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-06-10 13:06

      OvaprivilegedWhitey's comment originated here-Cant you write your own stuff man?

      rbphiri - 2012-06-10 15:42

      I bet at the meeting JZ was like, Uhmmm Cele buddy I have to let you go, remember how I suspended you publically...well let's not go there again, here is a large sum of money, your fired! and please get some botox for your sagging phuza face...excuse me while I take a shower and wash away each and every single tie we had.

  • ntunjab - 2012-06-10 11:16

    So Mac Maharaj is our President now, He always myk stupid comments , Zuma is has no back bone

      OvaprivilegedWhitey - 2012-06-10 11:24

      Black people and coloured people should unite against white supremacy. Don't let whitey's divide and conquer games fool you.

      Ian - 2012-06-10 11:43

      so you said yesterday, is that the basics of your vocablary

      Brad - 2012-06-10 12:14

      This Ova idiot, saw it on someone else's post, then asked how to copy and paste text, and now plonks it all over the show! Halfwit!

      rbphiri - 2012-06-10 15:46

      OvaprivilegedIdiot such comments create further racial divisions. Stop living in the past, apartheid is obsolete, it's just a handful of people, who are like you that still leave in the past. Should I build a time travel machine and bring you guys to the future?

  • lownabester - 2012-06-10 11:18

    What for?? To get his job back or to blackmail Zuma, Lots of skeletons in those 2 cupboards.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-10 11:19

    Listen, Bheki. We have to do this. We need more votes. Don't worry. You will be well looked after. BTW : I wonder what work Bheki's spokesperson has done over the last few months and how much he was paid for this.

  • hsebolelo - 2012-06-10 11:22

    He's gonna get paid\r\n Whl sh*tng around\r\n * some S\r\n...

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-10 11:23

    Sounds all cloak and dagger..sorry cloak and spear...!

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-06-10 11:24

    Who cares. They are both corrupt.

      Henk - 2012-06-10 11:29


      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-10 12:07

      Then it should not be a racial issue. These guys should get over themselves.

      thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-06-10 15:03

      Both of them must be, ag actually i think all anc members in power should be fired.

  • Ian - 2012-06-10 11:34

    ja, so they met, for what, a big fat golden handshake which will be paid for by the tax payers, the very tax payers the kiddie brigade wants to wipe out

      Tebogo Mabe - 2012-06-10 11:56

      @Ian u insinuating that only white people pay tax. I also pay tax. this issue is about Zuma & Cele, dont racialise it, please!

      Jaco - 2012-06-10 12:19

      Tebogo, there are 30mil taxpayer of which a lot is black, they must support 50mil. Are you happy with that. I don't think it was a racial remark, why must we as taxpayers carry the burden of a corrupt goverment?

      Koos - 2012-06-10 14:10

      Jaco: 2.9 million taxpayers contributed 99% of the country’s Income Tax.

  • Honker - 2012-06-10 11:42

    "Ol' Bheki, don't worry. As soon as they start focussing on you in the media, we'll just start crying over my little 'spear' again."

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-10 11:45

    Oh! never mind, a new job is in the offering.

  • Tebogo Mabe - 2012-06-10 12:02

    I must say, im rather shocked that on almost all articles which are posted on this page people reply with comments that are full of racial connotations! & these are Africans from all racial groups, not just whites or blacks. it sickening! some issues are just not about race, stop it! grow up!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-10 12:05

      I could not agree more! Some comments are obviously the product of real hatred. I wonder if they would be quite so bad if the government was successfully governing this country and fulfilling the promises made 18 years ago?

  • leon.vaneeden.16 - 2012-06-10 12:07

    How can we possibly see the future, while facing the past..

  • Brad - 2012-06-10 12:11

    Why these rotten scoundrels in government are always suspended with pay, and not OUTRIGHTLY FIRED, is beyond me! Filthy thieves from top to bottom.

  • Sikhumbuzo - 2012-06-10 12:12

    Isn't high time that our Politician be educated about Financial Regulation,PFMA and ethical conduct at the work place!

  • Gavin - 2012-06-10 12:25

    they hugged, they kissed, the slapped each other on the ass, had a cup mof tea and sweet f all happened - this is the ANC way of doing things. they need a new rug to sweep things under - things gettin' hectic at fort ANC.

  • Stuart - 2012-06-10 12:36

    Our president really is not being presidential. He seems more concerned with placating various cadres, groups, friends rather than taking a stand and acting presidential. To me personally he is a total dissapointment as I look for more from a leader of my homeland, even if his stance is not something that suits me personally. History will likely judge him as a leader but lousy president. South Africa can (and must) do better!! Roll on December...

  • Phillip - 2012-06-10 12:50

    Jay: Hey, General! Why did you go against my orders - NO, your DOCTOR'S orders to stay in hospital until it was safe - er NO, until you were WELL again? Do you not know how the law - NO, how important it is to be completely HEALTHY, before coming back to work? Bheki: But my president, the doctor said that my acute back pain would go away, if I just left my wallet at home, and carried a card, instead. Jay: Don't 'but' me! First you spoil the party for everyone, by eating your sticky-fingers-cake in the open, and then you spurn expert advice when you eat too much, and get sick! Now the other guests are saying that I must chase you away from the party, before their hiding places are discovered, and their cake is taken away from them, also. Bheki: But Comrade, I think you are looking at this whole situation through Thinted glasses, and I'm sure I can find at least 700 reasons why I should stay at this wonderful 24/7 banquet. Why, if I had to dig out all sorts of documents to compile a new CV, that might tire out my ARMS, a great DEAL. Jay: Comrade MINISTER! OOPS! Did I say that? I can see I have completely misunderstood your condition, and that you are very healthy, indeed. Why did you not mention this important medical information, before? Come over here; what do you think about giving old Nathi a break from his heavy schedule, and ask him to go and represent us abroad? I heard he was fond of raw fish! Of course, we'd have to find a replacement for him. Hmmm, I wonder who...

  • phonis9 - 2012-06-10 12:51

    GENERAL se gat.

      Juan - 2012-06-10 18:46

      General se p@@s

  • Juan - 2012-06-10 13:17

    Cele insisting on a golden handshake otherwise he will spill the beans??

  • siphiwom - 2012-06-10 19:14

    a junior summoned his senior to a meeting.

  • thando.mahlomuza - 2012-06-11 06:15

    As always wat ever was discused in that meeting is top secreet,while we all know it was a way out strategy....we r govern by MAFIAS.....FACT

  • erneyb - 2012-06-11 07:48

    Cele will probably be passed onto the diplomatic scrap heap as ambassador.

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