Zuma's full statement on Cele and ministers

2011-10-24 15:12

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Monday announced the suspension of police commissioner General Bheki Cele and the sacking of two Cabinet ministers, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka.

He also announced the members of the board of the arms deal inquiry.

Here is Zuma's official announcement:

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,
Thank you for joining us today.

I have a few announcements to make. These relate to changes to the National Executive of government, the Commission of Inquiry into the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages and the matter relating to the National Police Commissioner.

I have decided to make the following changes to the National Executive.

1. Ms Dina Pule, currently the Deputy Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, has been appointed Minister of Communications.

2. Mr Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi, the Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform, will become the new Minister of Public Works. The Department will no longer have a Deputy Minister.

3. Minister Richard Baloyi, the Minister of Public Service and Administration, has been appointed Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

4. Mr Roy Padayachie, the Minister of Communications, is to take over the Public Service and Administration portfolio.

5. Mr Obed Bapela, the Deputy Minister of Communications, has been appointed Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.

6. Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, the Deputy Minister of Public Works, will be the Deputy Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disability.

7. Mr S. Lechesa Tsenoli, chairperson of the portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, has been appointed as Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform.

8. ANC Member of Parliament, Ms Thembisa Stella Ndabeni, will become the Deputy Minister of Communications.

I wish all the new Ministers and Deputy Ministers well in their portfolios.

We also extend our gratitude to the Ministers and Deputy Ministers who have vacated their portfolios for their contribution to building a better life for all.

Ladies and gentlemen,

On the 15th of September I announced that I would, in terms of section 84 (2) (f) of the Constitution, appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages, generally known as the “arms deal”.

I have appointed the Commission. The esteemed members are as follows;

1. Honourable Mr Justice Willie Seriti, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

2. Honourable Mr Justice Willem van der Merwe, Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court.

3. Honourable Mr Justice Francis Legodi, Judge of the North Gauteng High Court.

Mr Justice Seriti will chair the Commission, which is expected to complete its work within two years.

We wish Mr Justice Seriti and his team well in the execution of this important task.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Section 9 (1) read with section 8 (1) to (8) empowers the President to establish a Board of Inquiry into allegations of misconduct against the National Police Commissioner, and make findings and recommendations as contemplated in section 8(6)(b).

In August, I informed the National Commissioner, General Bheki Cele, of my intention to institute a Board of Inquiry to look into the allegations of misconduct, in relation to the procurement of office accommodation for the South African Police Service, as per the findings and recommendations of the Public Protector.

I have established the Board of Inquiry. The esteemed members are as follows;

• Ms Justice Yvonne Mokgoro (retired).

• Advocate Terry Motau (SC).

• Advocate Anthea Platt.

Ms Justice Mokgoro will chair the Board of Inquiry.

I have also decided to suspend the National Commissioner from duty with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the inquiry, in terms of section 8 (3) (a) read with Section 9 (1) of the South African Police Service Act.

He will, during the period of suspension, be entitled to his full salary, allowances, privileges and benefits, in terms of Section 8(3)(b) of the Act.

Major General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi will act as National Commissioner until further notice.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank you.

  • Sganja - 2011-10-24 15:23

    At least Mbalula is still there, I'm relieved...

      Musa - 2011-10-24 15:31

      What do you mean, chief?

      Sganja - 2011-10-24 15:35

      @Musa There were Rumours that Mr Mbalula will take Police Ministry, I was worried he's doing a good job as sport minister.

      Deon - 2011-10-24 15:53

      Meddling in democratic elections of sport bodies is perhaps not doing a good job.

      Sidima - 2011-10-24 16:05

      he's not meddling in Sports. just giving those crooks some direction. He has done all the right things.

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2011-10-24 20:05

      sganja, Mbalula is not doing nothing, he is just shouting and little will come out of that. For example, there is very little he can do at SAFA because those guys in Zurich don't welcome anything called government interference.As at cricket, jah Majola needs to be kicked out. he has syphoned millions from that poor organisation

      eric.vanvuuren - 2011-10-24 22:09

      Well done ZUMZUM I knew you had it in you!!!! Show us (the citizens of SA) strength through the upholding and protection of things like the law and the constitution, human rights EST. Well done.

      Ed - 2011-10-25 08:42

      deon..if you really did follow things, you would know that he is doing a good job and is the first sports minister to propose doing away with quotas, as well as wanting to grow grass-roots sports. give him time and he will continue to grow and hopefully get bigger postings.

  • Rudie - 2011-10-24 15:35

    Is Zuma growing some balls?

      clinton.bowden1 - 2011-10-24 15:53

      He already had balls ( 5 wives, 20+ children ). This is a sign of a spine.

      Rudie - 2011-10-24 15:57

      swine maybee

      Mandla - 2011-10-24 17:01

      Elections are coming. One has to choose their friends well and know their foes. The corruption scandals are too much a risk to carry to the elections. My feel.

      Graham - 2011-10-25 07:57

      Nope just a spine. He will grow real balls when he tackles the fat tick Malema!

  • Donya - 2011-10-24 15:46

    They should seriously think of giving Julius Malema a responsible position in the cabinet, I think he would relish having some responsibility.

      Bill - 2011-10-24 23:17

      Say Donya, whay you doing saturday night? I love dating dumb blondes...!

      Gerda - 2011-10-25 13:49

      Donya, I agree. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer. Maybe for juju a new portfolio? Minister of Entertainment. Why must the honourable Commissioner of Police be suspended with FULL benefits? Hope W/O Odendaal and Const Twala have the same benefits.

  • Andre - 2011-10-24 15:49

    I wonder whether they will now all get new cars??????

      Danie - 2011-10-25 13:42

      I am sure the cars has been ordered already: something like " Hello, is that Landrover. ............ I am the new Minister of nothing, our resplendent will announce my appointment tomorrow. I want the new most expensive Range Rover , with all possible Bells and Whistles. 1.5 mil That's cheep add another liquor cabinet & all Bob Marley's CD's.

  • Musa - 2011-10-24 15:51

    @Sganja: Mbaks is doing fine with the sports department. I too chief, don't think it's ok to allocate him another department. We are expecting a lot from the comrade in transforming sports in our country.

  • sakhilegivenmpofug - 2011-10-24 15:54

    very good decesion mr president we were all waiting for you to stand your position you did well you manage to represant us as a nation that actually voted for you bheki cele,mahlangu-nkabinde and shiceka deserve to be thrown out as you did but dont give any salary to bheki cele you need to fix that act or section bheki cele is no more facing alligations but findings from the office of the public protector stop his salary.

  • Jay - 2011-10-24 15:58

    THATHA MSHOLOZI THE MEN WITH THE BALLS OF STEEL!!! FIRE THEM CHIEF,we are tired of people thinking they are invincible, if i was Malema I would be looking over my shoulder,oz Zuma is welding his "mshina"willy nilly..pun intended.If you keep this up Zuma I might vote for the ANC

  • Fanie - 2011-10-24 16:03

    Will the discharged dihonest ministers be charged under criminal law for for fraud and/or theft irrespective of incompetency as John public has to foot the bill for all the losses caused by incompetent, fraudulent anc ministers?

  • DBZEE - 2011-10-24 16:17

    my president's creating new english words like re-reshuffle

  • Kevin.snake - 2011-10-24 16:21

    Well done Mr President we hope that this will help in improving the lives of the people that pay the minsters salaries those are the tax payers

  • Kolaiah - 2011-10-24 16:25

    What happened to seniority in the armed forces. How can a junior general be appointed to take command over deputy national commisioner and lieut generals? Waht is wrong with this country?

      Myth - 2011-10-24 16:38

      Perhaps in this matter zuma knows something you don't?

  • lynne.szlovak - 2011-10-24 17:05

    My Prez shouldn't feel responsible for Cele's lavish lifestyle.. As real punishment his earnings should go towards repairing the roads, improving the lot of little kids who have to go to school hungry, the aged who have to look after Aids orphans. There's countless charities that Cele's salary could sponsor. Let him live on his pension.

  • magomarele - 2011-10-24 17:08

    Sleeping ministers are being dealt with. Wake-up!!!

  • mxolisi.nyuswa - 2011-10-24 19:20

    Why wait till u r pushed? Just jump @ your own will comrade. Mr President thanks for your response. But this could have been done a bit earlier to save the ministers from making long term commitments. Mxolisi Nyuswa

  • Johnnie - 2011-10-24 19:31

    Finally,but rather late than never.

  • Nhlanhla - 2011-10-24 21:30

    they said zuma would not act bt i say he was still loading his machine gun,watch out malema u are in the firing line

  • Helmut - 2011-10-24 22:17

    It is a good start, i hope you will carry on, good on you

  • Ed - 2011-10-25 08:39

    Wow, the president does have balls...well done to you as this is the first time in your presidency that you have actually made a hard decision and followed through.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2011-10-25 11:20

    So we suspend the National Police Commissioner pending the outcome of an enquiry that is expected to take two years and we continue to pay him his full salary with benefits until then. What happened to the initial report which has already investigated the matter. Surely the first (Madonsela) report contained enough prima face evidence in it to prompt our president to take action. Why must we now wait for a commission of enquiry to get the outcome. The national Police Commissioner and the minister were as guilty as each other in this mess. Come on Mr president, do us all a favour and show the nation that you are not the procrastinator from hell. Stop being spineless and start getting your house in order.

  • alison.heyns - 2011-10-25 11:21

    I don't understand why anyone in SA would be jubilant about Zuma's decision to sack two cabinet ministers and to suspend the national police commissioner. This is part of the ANC's policy to give every high ranking ANC cadre a chance at the feeding trough. Once they've had enough time to pillage and plunder, they'll receive a golden handshake, with massive payouts only to be redeployed elsewhere. It is clear that the revolving door policy is a deliberate government strategy to reward corrupt cadres. One only has to look at previous CEO's and other senior executives at state owned enterprises, like Transnet, Landbank, SAA, SABC, etc. to know that this is in fact true.

      Musa - 2011-10-25 11:38

      Facts please. Your hatred of the ANC is annoying. Don't make unfounded allegations!

  • sergiofernandopatricio.cardoso - 2011-10-25 12:56

    President Zuma is doing a great job for the country and for the citizens.I pray that God may bless his career and his family.This reshafle of cabinet was necesary, what you say out there. For a better South Africa and a better world viva President Jacob Zuma. kind regards and God bless.

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