Zuma sacks Cele - report

2012-06-06 20:07

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has apparently fired suspended police commissioner General Bheki Cele.

Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj would on Tuesday say only that the president would make his decision about Cele public when he was "ready" to do so.

But City Press has learned from three independent well-placed sources that Zuma decided yesterday to fire Cele after considering the report produced by a board of inquiry which was set up to assess Cele’s fitness for office.

The board recommended in its report to Zuma that Cele should be fired.

Maharaj said: "When the president is ready he will make his decision public and we will release a statement."

Cele was suspended in October last year amid massive controversy over two lucrative lease deals, one for police headquarters in Pretoria and another in Durban.

The leases, worth more than R1.6bn, were awarded by the department of public works to property mogul Roux Shabangu in 2010.

The board of inquiry found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office.

Cele's spokesperson, Vuyo Mkhize, could not be reached for comment.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Lindela Mashigo said he would need to talk to acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi before making any comment.

  • Richard.Poulton - 2012-06-06 16:24

    Stumak out.

      renny.meere - 2012-06-06 20:27

      Chele was a bit of a chop though.

      Vince - 2012-06-06 20:45

      Off goes the pimp, now he will try the next dark corner!!

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-06 20:48

      And now the court cases and appeals will start. He will still be employed this time next year

      jack.bleck - 2012-06-06 20:49

      Zuma should fire himself next!!!

      Dries - 2012-06-06 21:10

      Arab Spring a la South Africa - first e-tolling, then the spear and now Cele's firing, perhaps in micro style, but who knows what will be next.

      Christelle - 2012-06-06 21:25

      And the walls come tumbling down, and the walls, are crumbling. We should use the Johnny Cougar Mellencamp song as our new National Anthem:-) How the mighty are falling.......ja, julle blik#$pies

      anthro45 - 2012-06-07 06:50

      Let's now wait to hear what the anount of the golden handshake will be.

  • danie.frederick - 2012-06-06 16:27

    Dreadful, if true.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-06 20:35

      Good riddance to that thief.

      Kolobe - 2012-06-06 21:24

      cele was so effective with reducing crime, our loss

      mastersvoice - 2012-06-06 21:34

      Cele's legacy to South Africa, like his predecessor's, is an inept, bungling and seemingly overweight police force that are alarmingly often the criminals themselves! If Cele's departure means we're losing all this, then its a loss I'm willing to take.

  • pule.moeketsi - 2012-06-06 16:29

    At last Mr Zuma u did a gud job. Now Mdluli is to follow please fire him cos it seems like they r scared to fire him!!!!

      matome.sehlabana - 2012-06-06 20:33

      Police Service is led by thugs. We are to not safe, Mdlui, Cele may team up and form a coup

      Larry - 2012-06-06 20:52

      Zuma appointed him in the first place. So what good job has Zuma done. If it were not for civil society and the DA bringing this thievery to light, which all in the ANC are aware of and partaking of, cele would still be in his chair and making millions in graft. On the same criteria Zuma should fire himself.

      Theo - 2012-06-06 20:53

      Just shows again that Mr Zuma's judgment when it comes to appointments in senior critical posts is very bad. Whe have seen just too many such bad appointments during his reign so far. Makes me wonder how many other critical judgment errors have he been making on other issues that we are not yet aware of. Realy scary !

  • athanasiuskhutso.mohlaka - 2012-06-06 16:33

    After Considering all myself, my gut feel is tha 'firing' Cele is big mistake!

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:05

      May i ask you why ? Is it maybe because he gave the order to SAPS to shoot to kill ? In a top job like that you need a true leader that is equiped to handle all fassets of the job. That includes fighting crime effectively, building moral of high standards amongs SAPS members and as important manage the administrative side of things effectively. Definatly NOT NEVER EVER signing away deals worth Bilj of Rands thats not legal.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-06-06 16:44

    No big deal because Zuma had no other chice. He however owes Cele big time because Cele knows too much. Almost certainly Cele will be given another post that will please him.

      Judith - 2012-06-06 21:19

      Like ambassador - how embarassing

  • william.fischer.395 - 2012-06-06 16:54

    This is very good news!

  • keith.recore - 2012-06-06 16:55

    to be honest, if this is true, if it weren't from public pressure, this probably would not have happened (if true) so the citizens do have a voice and eventually it is heard. Keep up the pressure for good governance and proper leadership South Africans!

      Sharon - 2012-06-06 20:58

      I just hope they remember to stop paying his salary too (and the perks)!

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:06

      Amen !

      Judith - 2012-06-06 21:20

      The NGOs and the legal fraternity and opposition are running this country now.

  • modise.dise1 - 2012-06-06 16:55

    Long time overdue thanx mr president zuma now u have my vote

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:17

      Have your vote because Mr Zuma did one right thing ? How many other such bad appointments hv Mr Zuma made ? Far too many - A President of any country simply cannot afford to make such mistakes over and over again. We have seen Selebi, Cele and the worst - crime inteligence boss, very very scary stuff - shows of very bad judgment on Mr Zuma"s side making all these appointments. Remember Mr Zuma always have the final say in all these senior appointments.

      Judith - 2012-06-06 21:20

      He had no choice....

      Thandiwe - 2012-06-06 21:58

      He didnt had a choice,actuali de decesion was already due nd those top dogs dey dnt implement PFMA

      Dee - 2012-06-06 22:47

      Hold that vote please Modise .... Selebi, Cele down ... but Mdluli appointment way more serious imo. The questions that are not answered : Why did Zuma appoint this man facing criminal charges - and why were all previous criminal charges "swept away" ? What of the letter "Zuma never received" from Mdluli pledging his support .... I'm afraid Mdluli-gate smells very much like a Watergate .... with the fish rotting from the head down. And add to this what is going on with the Secrecy Bill...

  • Mark - 2012-06-06 16:55

    Mr Maharaj please inform the president that as a public citizen he is obligated to inform the citizens of his decision NOW. We cannot be informed of his decision when he decides because in the interim his procrastination of this issue is causing a further strain on the few loyal members of the SAPS.

      Fano Mcanyana - 2012-06-06 20:42

      what else do you want he is fired or you want him dead,wake up

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:20

      @Fano ... No we dont know that yet. This is still only speculation and news paper repots. Until Mr Zuma anounce it he is NOT fired.

  • mandilakhe.nompehle - 2012-06-06 16:55

    He's going to the embaSsy?

  • Tando - 2012-06-06 16:56

    Whoever is going to replace him i hope it will b a Career Cop not another politician,otherwise Cele did a good job in Boosting the morale of police officers on the ground, i hope the next appoint will do the same

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-06 20:37

      Cele enriched himself at the cost of the poor.

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:25

      Cele did sh#t for morale, morale in SAPS is very low my friend. How can there possibly be high morale if two leaders in a row have been convicted of the very thing SAPS is suppose to fight.

  • King - 2012-06-06 17:07

    seeking fr votes hey doin the ryt thing shame desperate fr power

  • FinalJustice - 2012-06-06 17:31

    Still the same old lame indecisive attitude that got us where we are today. They all prefer to play save and stay in the gray area - like the 'gravy' train. We honestly need leaders that can take a proper stance and say: \Yea or nea\, \Right or wrong\, \In or out\, \Do or don't\ ... This mumbo-jumbo is making me sick.

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:26

      Fully agree

  • Andrew - 2012-06-06 20:12

    Stomach out Chest in!!!!

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-06 20:41


  • braamc - 2012-06-06 20:12

    Still applying your mind, why don't also excuse yourself

      Larry - 2012-06-06 20:54

      Zuma should fire himself on the same criteria. yebo.

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:30

      @Fano .. Zuma might not be told by @Braamc to excuse himself but if he carry on the way he was running this country the voters will very soon tell him to excuse himself. I guess its going to be much sooner than you think

  • Cuanita Gevers - 2012-06-06 20:13

    8 month's salary (9 maybe) at Taxpayers expense awesome. Maybe another month is needed thus the reason there's no readiness to really fire/announce his sacking? Who knows anymore what the motives are (besides monetary that is!)...

      Fano Mcanyana - 2012-06-06 20:34

      you are so stupid you were calling for cele to be fired now what more do you want

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-06-06 20:40

      Oh dear Fano, how your ignorance fascinates me you will never know...

  • Stephen - 2012-06-06 20:19

    About time ...

  • sifiso.wisey - 2012-06-06 20:19

    One down, many to go,,,like Richard Mdluli etc,,,,,

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:35

      Yip... Richard Mdluli just another bad appointment by our President. All these bad appointments is coming back to bite Mr President. I hope Mr President have a "spear" to fight off whats coming to him

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-06-06 20:21

    This is long overdue Msholozi lyk SAFA dd to Pitso. It was Selebi n nw Cele nxt would Mthethwa after him my favourite Mkhwanazi loool

  • sthembiso.msindo - 2012-06-06 20:27

    Golden handshake is coming his way

  • brian.ngcobo.54 - 2012-06-06 20:33

    Very good

  • matome.sehlabana - 2012-06-06 20:34

    Is Cele going to get golden hand shake?

  • fdalana - 2012-06-06 20:35

    well,fire yourself.

  • Tolo - 2012-06-06 20:37

    This is the best move ever take since u become it the road to mangaung???????

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-06 20:39

      Zuma is the problem. He appointed all these criminals.

  • brian.heunis - 2012-06-06 20:41

    Thanks Brett Murray for getting JZ to do his bloody job!

  • Kenny - 2012-06-06 20:42

    Corrupt or not, this gentleman was hardworking and doing a brilliant job in terms of crime busting. He changed the mindset of police officers towards their jobs. Zuma must just give him a final written warning. He didn't steal anything, he was about to! Khulubuse is the one who should be prosecuted. Bring back Cele. That's my opinion and i am entitled to it.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-06 20:42

    Say what you will...Cele did make a difference when it came to crime...HE KICKED BUTT!! Pity he became stupid!!

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-06 20:51

      the general did make a difference indeed!

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-06-06 20:43

    Hamba Bheki Cele: u weren't good enough.

  • TheBlackRaptor - 2012-06-06 20:44

    Well, now he has all the credentials and qualification to become president. He can start at the ANCYL.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-06-06 20:53

    Very big mistake! Gen. Cele was not given the chance to challenge the findings in court! Zille intimidated the Public Protector by challenging the findings in court, the findings of corruption and maladministration were changed in favour of Zille. Unfair dismissal. Please clear your name General!

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:47

      WHAT !!! Now the iron lady is getting the blame. OMG !! The public protector aswell as a commision of enquiry appointed by our Mr Zuma recommended that he is not fit for office. Mrs Zille simply did what any good leader should do and helped in staring the process.

  • Kenny - 2012-06-06 20:53

    It took 100 years for the ANC to be built and one man is destroying it in 3 years, JG Zuma with the help of Polokwane gangsters. Mr TM Mbeki should be enjoying his pipe and whiskey.

  • Eugene - 2012-06-06 20:59

    Give Pres. Zuma a Bells! Long overdue

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:49

      No my friend one right dont make many many wrongs go away

  • Vusi Mthethwa - 2012-06-06 21:02

    Thanks 2 da president u don something Thabo Mbeki couldnt do.yes u said u had no frend when it comes 2 work thumbs up president.

      Theo - 2012-06-06 21:56

      Never forget that our Mr President made these appointments himself of Selebi, Cele and many others that proofed to be fatal judgements by our Mr President. Any President that make too many judgement errors is simply not a good President. These judgement errors is coming back to bite Mr President big time. Watch this space

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-06-07 09:05

      Zuma did not appoint Selebi, that was Mbeki. Zuma did appoint others like Shiceka, Cele and a couple more that he's fired. He may be the worst president we've ever had, but I'm actually glad that he's able to fire people. He even got rid of the same Malema that was willing to die for him. I wish he'd fire himself though.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-06 21:03

    About time, he costed us a fortune!!!!

  • Jim - 2012-06-06 21:04

    Another illeterate moron gone

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-06-06 21:06

    Rapist and other lawbreaker are happy their said problem solve.Bheki must be given another chance.Sense last year when he was stop crime growing day by day our children are not safety even police too

  • LeboMpako - 2012-06-06 21:13

    But if my person is being sacked who is going to continue with the Shoot To Kill Revolution??*SAD*

      Judith - 2012-06-06 21:25

      If you have got "shoot to kill" who needs the death penalty?

  • Macebo - 2012-06-06 21:16

    He might as well recall himself and his whole cabinet their just a crowd of good for nothings,setting bad examples can't even think on their own. ANC down the drain thanks to the laughing president

  • bobi.tsotetsi - 2012-06-06 21:16

    dats gud news is he tryin to corect his mistakes or just buyin votes...wateva de reason its long ova due.

  • Bob - 2012-06-06 21:17

    Great! Now the next trick is to prove the financial shenanigans linking Cele and Roux Shabangu, then lock them both up for good…!

      Wally Walters - 2012-06-06 21:31

      its about time . Thankyou

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-06 21:20

    ANC sacking is not the same as you and me sacking. ANC sacking does not mean go and fetch you sack of tools and flock means : Here is a sack of money for you. Go and enjoy yourself.

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-06-06 21:23

    Bloody hell...Zuma probably got laid last night...

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-06-07 09:06

      He's got 4 options every night.

  • Kgothatso - 2012-06-06 21:28

    Great move Mr Zuma,if only u were doings this 4 the ryt reasons...i thnk he jst wnts 2 cover his tracks

  • Mtibra - 2012-06-06 21:31


  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-06 21:32

    Don't worry mr Cele,, chin up!! You will always have your pimping to fall back on.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-06 21:32

    Despite his ills, Cele did a good job as Police chief. I will miss the shoot to kill and the top cop who didn't joke with criminals

  • Litha Thando Yono Ka-Zola - 2012-06-06 21:49

    pity,he was kicking criminals asses,ATM bombings,cash in transits,murder stats were down.Morale within the police was up. The cops i know loved this guy,they felt he was in their corner,it is really sad!

  • Johan - 2012-06-06 21:57

    Finally, It was about time. Just a pity it took so long.

  • Johan - 2012-06-06 21:58

    You think he will get a golden handshake so he can keep his mouth shut???????

  • Tim - 2012-06-06 22:10

    So will he also get sacked from the ANC for bringing the party into \disrepute\?