Cele signed World Cup tender deal - reports

2012-03-24 22:45

Johannesburg - Suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele signed off on a dodgy R26m World Cup tender, the Sunday Times reported.

The contract awarded to Thoshan Panday, the owner of Goldcoast Trading, never went out to tender, the newspaper reported.

The contract was to provide accommodation to 1 280 police officers during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Treasury rules state that all government contracts worth more than R500 000 should follow a bid process.

According to the Sunday Times, three police officials in key positions were showered with gifts by Panday to ensure the deal was approved.

The deal was signed by Cele on June 7 2010, after his officials said there was no time "to advertise the bid", according to the report.

Cele told the Sunday Times that the deal was brought to him and that he did not know Panday.

  • Christelle - 2012-03-24 22:56

    Noooo, dodgy contracts by our leaders??? That cannot be true!

      UlaGillion - 2012-03-25 07:56

      Hy't lekker Vader Krismis gespeel.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-03-24 23:01


  • Bob - 2012-03-24 23:02

    That’s R20,312.50 per policeman! Where did they stay, the Ritz! Do these people not have a sense of value, or are they just to plain stupid to put a real value to anything when they sign off on these deals!

      Christelle - 2012-03-24 23:05

      Bob,you must remember, the real value is what ends up in the wallet (or overseas account)

      Rodney - 2012-03-25 03:41

      While i hesitate to even fleetingly support the corruption within the ANC, R20k per head sounds a lot, divide that figure by 30 days. works out to around R670 per day. when you consider the Holiday Inn (not exactly top class) is over R1800 a day, it doesn't look that bad anymore.

      Sharon - 2012-03-25 09:57

      I think the issue here is that correct procedures were not followed. It seems mr Cele does not realise his limitations. One defence he could use is ignorance, else he can say his signing hand is possessed by an evil ancestor!

      John - 2012-03-25 16:26

      I think you will find there accommodation was something like a school hall and a camp bed, if you think that is worth over R600 per cop, what can I say. Would love for a police officer to comment?

  • Oscar - 2012-03-24 23:10

    What a pity that most of the ANC voters cannot read....

      Christelle - 2012-03-24 23:31

      Oscar, a lot of them can, but they believe these reports to be lies and propaganda to oust and make the government agents look bad

      Luviwe - 2012-03-24 23:48

      I think we should not underestimate the word of mouth. People talk about this unpesedented level of corruption in township because they can see that nothing is happening in terms of development. What they only see is bling from government officials and tendepreneurs, and they are not happy about it. Who had been to a tarven or shebeen in township or rural area in these forum? If you can find are very few. You can hear from their level of discussion that they are not as ignorant as people believe in this forum.

      craigtjames - 2012-03-25 05:16

      Luviwe, you are right that not many of us have been in in the townships to hear how the people talk. And I also hope that some of us don't believe they are ignorant, but rather naive. I am sorry my friend, when election time comes, I am afraid the outcome will prove our point.

      Claudio - 2012-03-25 06:08

      Luviwe is correct - but what I cannot understand is that in spite of their understanding of the situation, the township people and general population at grass roots level will continue to support the ANC. Its time to find an alternative party - that actually delivers. I cannot believe that with over 40 million black people living in this country, we cannot find a group of intelligent, honest and committed leaders.

      John - 2012-03-25 08:30

      Luviwe, I go out to the rural area a lot and the people do know the level of corruption that goes off, but remember two facts, they have only ever voted just a few times do the guys you are slagging of really understand the democratic system, under the tribal system they are taught to look up to there chiefs, as they are meant to do the right things or the people, I would also add that as a lot is word of mouth, they do believe and fear the Apartied system could come back if a white person was voted in. So the racists comments you hear often on this site does nothing to allay the fears of the black people, because those that can read go home to there rural homes and tell there folks what some of you idiots write.

      Vusi - 2012-03-25 08:51

      @craigjames. We almost had the viable opposition we need so urgently, but once again COPE became a victim of the greed of the older generation. These older men are not capable of leading us. It is one thing being a freedom fighter and a very different thing running a country with proper checks and balances.

      infijar.ken - 2012-03-25 09:42

      Luviwe is correct. if you cannot get out to the shabeens in the townships, talk to your taxi driver when you are going for a night out (you don't drink and river, do you?). I get loads of information and tittle tattle on the drive from CPT airport to the City, when I come done (or leaving after) on holiday.

      Luviwe - 2012-03-25 10:03

      John is right when he says people have got fear, think of it, they never heard about the evil of apartheid on the tv, radio, newspapers and forums like these alone. People were told about it. Now the only thing that is needed is an alternative that they can trust. It will take a lot of time to convince them about voting DA coz they are afraid of the white person. Don't even mention cope, they stole my vote. I think most comrades from the ruling party are greedy and join these paying politics for personal gain.

  • gabrielbodirwa - 2012-03-24 23:33

    This people are abusing the meaning of democracy and Rights ; they don't know what are the meaning of their Right;they thing they have the right to do as they please; they were fighting for Freedom not corruption and now that is how their memories is honoured By being corrupt

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-25 02:28

      The SWC=====The most slimy corrupt show on earth!!! We even said "thank you" to FIFA , when they walked away with their BILLIONS, Leaving us with an unwanted ( King Chaka ) airport, Toll roads nobody wants to pay for, useless Stadiums scattered around the country, and a tourist industry distroyed!!!!! Sure, if found guilty of corruption, put him in jail, But let's look at the bigger picture, and admit, the 2010 SWC, costing us 100 BILLION Rand, was the biggest hoax ever to hit Africa!!!!!!

  • Luviwe - 2012-03-24 23:33

    In this current leadership of the ANC corruption is the order of the day, If you are not corrupt you are out of fashion. What a flimsy excuse, does he want to tell me that they did not know the amount of officers that will be deployed in Durban SWC? verdict is they knew, poor planning.

  • Jim - 2012-03-24 23:37

    Crooked B*****ds, they talk about the injustice of apartied and the colonialist western world when it's convenient yet they rob and deprive their own......sick and corrupt africa. Good hevens I want to VOMIT at these stupid CRIMINALS AGAINST HUMANITY!!!

      Christelle - 2012-03-24 23:39

      I agree with you, they are robbing their own people who put them in power! And they do not realise it. It is shameful, shameful and their day of payment will come - just like the previous regime!!!

      Bluemast - 2012-03-25 03:07

      The wheel turns! :-)

  • Quentin - 2012-03-24 23:37

    At this rate the regime will put Zimbabwe to shame.

      Luviwe - 2012-03-24 23:50

      True we are going five times the pace of Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull racing car.

  • Jon-Paul - 2012-03-25 00:18

    That happens when ppl who never earned to be called a police officer runs the police.

      JohnvanderWesthuizen - 2012-03-25 01:13

      How are those spelling and grammar classes working out for you ?

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-03-25 00:28

    out of the frying pan into the fire. All these police chiefs are so corrupt.

  • Jim - 2012-03-25 00:30

    The root cause of all of Africa's troubles lies within Africa....NOT outside Africa. It always has been and always will be. Can any African reading this tell me exactly how much money in aid has been poured, and continues to be poured into this continent from the EVIL west. Consider also non financial aid ie. development programmes etc. Think about this please African people then engange in constructive debate and not the usual emotional retoric......

      Jimmy - 2012-03-25 11:13

      Jim, I dont know what world you live in. Is Africa supposed to be grateful to the western countries for the aid they pour into the continent? That is not even 0.0001% of what they stole from the continent through colonial rule. They are referred to as the developed world because of that ghastly, horrendous injustice of history which cannot be equated to any form of evil and inhumane behaviour. You are completely etached from the real world BOETTIE.

      Jim - 2012-03-25 11:24

      @Jimmy, see my comment further down this string re debate please, who said anything about africe being grateful?? Oh and by the way whats with the BOETTIE???

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-03-25 00:35

    We've been pummeled for years now. Every person in any position of power "seems" to be corrupt! Now they're all painted with the same brush. South Africa's Mantra.... TRUST NO-ONE! How do they justify spending people's hard earned money like this when the country is fall apart around them? Sinful!!

  • Anthony C. Onwudiegwu - 2012-03-25 00:55

    Jim you re spot on the quagmire. But let me take it further, the EVIL West "Plough Back" a fraction of The wealth they stole from Africa and turn around in collusion with those who will play ball with them to defraud the continent, thereby executing half baked project if not taking back everything. Africa truely need extensive discussion on this thought.

      Jim - 2012-03-25 08:31

      OK, so the debate then....what has happened to this money, where is it and what constructive and sustainable use has it been put too. What has happened to all the infstructure that was built up during the colonial period, the roads, railways, hospitals, food producing farms etc. The sooner Africans stop playing the "victim" and take responsibility ownership and manage their own natural resourse the better for all. They have historically relied on other nations, it's seems it the Chineese turn now to pluck the African chestnuts from the fire. It's worth noting also that not all of Africa was subjected to colonialism and it's also a fact that these perhaps suffer a worse fate today.

      eleanore.hill - 2012-03-25 09:38

      The "Evil West" has ploughed in more than you think. But what generally happens in Africa is: Eg Oil Company reaches agreement with African country to buy resources/ mine resources. A fantastic deal is struck and everyone is happy. "Evil West" is also happy because African country will now build roads etc and develop their country with all the money they got. But..dictator/ corrupt officials then take the money and the people see nothing. The people are told the "Evil West" just took, and gave nothing. Meanwhile Billions of rands are being spent to refurbish new houses for the African countries leaders whilst the people are suffering. Don't believe it? Go see what Saudi Arabia has amassed by doing business with the "Evil West".Only difference is they use the money they get to better their country men's lives. They have put so much of the money back into their own country life is good all round.

  • Sechaba - 2012-03-25 01:03

    Whats wrong with these KZN POLITICIANS AND indiands/

      Luviwe - 2012-03-25 01:16

      Even the president too have got or had a friend by the name shai convicted for fraud, I remeber that story now. It's the love of easy money bro.

      thapelo.mosiea - 2012-03-25 04:47

      You are not commenting on the issue but you have a hatred for KZN people/Zulu's. Please grow up. Do not try to defend ANC and hide by saying that its KZN POLITICIANS. You must understand that your ANC is corrupt big time irrespective of the tribe/province they belong to. Stop being childish!!!

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-03-25 01:26

    My clients' willingness to pay their due and proper taxes wanes with each new corruption case. You can't really blame them. Hopefully, one day, the budget deficit increases, from a reduction in taxes collected, to such an extent that government wakes up and realizes that they really need to stamp out corruption altogether.

  • Grant - 2012-03-25 02:33

    Another day, another scam. News24 should try and find a case where an ANC deployee has NOT been involved in corruption. Far fetched I know. The trillions that the ANC have stolen over the past 18 years could have been used to uplift the poor but I recall what the late great Albert Luthuli was overheard saying, "We did not enter the struggle to be poor. The poor are meant to have no money that is why they are called poor".

      sally.lewitt - 2012-03-25 03:29

      How "sad" is that..

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-25 09:16

      You said "Late great........". The "great" part seems wrong.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-03-25 03:32

    "Here we go again.. Uh Hu... !" Same shyte, different day..

  • mnthane - 2012-03-25 04:34

    They F.U.C.K.E.D. The FREEDOM CHARTER till she gave birth 2 corruption. These political peadiophiles Democracy is barely legall, she will only be turning 18 now yet she has had 1 2 many miscarriages of justice 4 the poor.

      JungleJim - 2012-03-25 07:20

      this democracy is a imperial system. we need african politics to african problem. solve our issues with leader from ANCYL and leader like gadaffi and mugabe. viva africa

      mnthane - 2012-03-25 10:06

      You are an IDIOT, i dnt knw why u had 2 chose 2 comment here of all places Msunu we bhari the freedom charter is the south african solution to a south african problem. The current ANC Leadershis is incapable of utilising that piece of paper to make south africa even gr8ter. And 4 ur in4 RSA is already like Lybia, the presidents Sons, daughters, nephews and nieces r living it up while ordinary folk starve.

  • John - 2012-03-25 04:41

    pathetic,this guy needs to go to jail.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-25 05:11

    What thugs and there seems to be no moral leaders coming through. One after the other thug gets caught and only a few get jail. ANC voters do not seem to care that there political party is up to no good. What fools and what a great waste of the vote.

  • smakwelana - 2012-03-25 05:23

    Whites are not better. What about BJ Vorster and Muldergate scandal. The late Hansie Cronje. We inherited a corrupt south africa.

      Christelle - 2012-03-25 06:01

      This is not about black and white. This is about a government who rightly fought the injustices of the past. Unfortunately, the real stalwarts who fought for the right reasons are no longer there, they are either too old or no longer with us. This is about a government who took everything their predecessors did and turned it into a money=grabbing opportunity without a second's thought for the people whom they are suppose to represent.

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-03-25 06:22

      So that makes it better? I would think that justification makes it worse. Take some responsibility.

      Andrew - 2012-03-25 08:00

      Agreed but please look at ths scale of the ANC corruption!!!!

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-25 09:18

      So it is ok that the ANC make it even worse?

      eleanore.hill - 2012-03-25 09:22

      In any government and in any country across the world you will find corruption, crime and dodgy dealings smakwelana. The difference however is that people are usually brought to book, fired etc.( Which usually deters people.) Hence you referring to the BJ Vorster and Muldergate Scandal and abroad for example the Watergate scandal. It genuinely was a scandal for the person and their families if caught. Not any more. It seems that there is so little deterrent. nearly everyone in government is doing it. Plus these scandals were not a daily, weekly or monthly occurrence. Your inheritance my friend usually turns out what the person makes it out to be. U can either work with an inheritance in a conservative way and make the right decisions so that it would give you good returns in the future or you can party it out, and blow it on fast cars,booze and fancy clothes until nothing is left. After 18+ yrs of rule you seriously want to still blame someone else for how your party has been running it for all these years? Surely you are not that blind? If for example you had someone working for you that stole every day as much as they could, would you have them working for you for 18 yrs without firing them because let's say they blame someone else for their habit 18 yrs ago? I think not. I think after a couple of years you'll most likely get fed up, tell the person to move on in life and stop living in the past and accept responsibility for their actions and stop it or risk losing their job.

      Luviwe - 2012-03-25 10:18

      Let's stop this comparison, let us say and agree that the NP was wrond for stealing the resources of the country. Still it is not right even if it's done by the anc, let us not justify something wrong. One day I hope people realise the long term loss to the country as whole to corruption. In actual fact we must loath corruption as we normally do to racism ala Mthembu.

      frank.hartry - 2012-03-25 13:45

      Give it a break. Two wrongs don't make a right. Vorster resigned in 1979 over the Citizen info scandal. This ANC government under Zuma is proving to be the most corrupt regime in Africa and in the history of South Africa. The ANC is looting the state coffers of taxpayers money intended for the poor people of South Africa. Gaddafi did that and not surprisingly he was supported by the ANC for his 42 years of dictatorship.

  • Claudio - 2012-03-25 05:59

    Just glance through the headlines of any news section - including News 24. Virtually the entire cabinet of the ANC has been tainted by crooked deals, misappropriation of funds, bribes etc. It is astonishing how many dishonest, greedy thieves and liars are in charge of this country

  • Melanie - 2012-03-25 06:44

    cele is incompetent. Why signing things without giving urself time to research/investigate. Baba, these things u question deeply. U've put urself in deep s**t

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-03-25 06:51

    This is a really corruption make by ANC leaders all are not reading documents

      JungleJim - 2012-03-25 07:21

      maybe it becuase we had no educatin during oppression struggle so now if they struggle to read it because of apartheid

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-25 07:35

    it sees our police doesn't know a lot about a whole range of thing , my question why is he involve in any of these thing , as a commisioner you have the supply chain command who deals with all matters money and you deal with your meeting where these people come to report to you, unless there is a conflict of interest of financial gain , Miss Thulie follow the money please me think there will be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow go get lady die lae skurk

  • Rene - 2012-03-25 07:44 what's new......

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-25 07:49

    Junge jim i grew up in apartheid most of the people thats in top posts today grwe uip then ex prof Janse ,Tokio,Boesak,Cyril Ramaposa,ext xet there is no reason why he could not get an education i completed my grade ten and went futher to empower myself .i grew up in aplace where we had to attend school in shifts while the other children had more space and facilities and yet i am educated so put that stupid remark where it belong , in the toilet and get on with your life ,Beki Cele should never have been a police commisioner only a policeman should be made a commisioner , and there is a lot of good people capable and able to do it no matter their colour of their skin

  • Mpilo Lyfe Mahlezana - 2012-03-25 08:08

    I think he should knw better when we comin 2signing&staff...#coruption d@ al#

  • mmotoneshe - 2012-03-25 08:40

    i code'SA police must shoot to kill'meaning any police tender issued i must get certain amount according to cele

  • mmotoneshe - 2012-03-25 08:41

    i code'SA police must shoot to kill'meaning any police tender issued i must get certain amount according to cele

  • Henry - 2012-03-25 09:03

    It's obvius that someone out there is after Gen. Cele's dismissal. He wants to make sure that he doesn't return to his work. Revealing secrets about the General (true or false) is it really in the interest of the society? 1 should ask himself. I personnally feel sorry for the General, because trully speaking, no man is perfect. Good luck on his enquiry.

  • Henry - 2012-03-25 09:03

    It's obvius that someone out there is after Gen. Cele's dismissal. He wants to make sure that he doesn't return to his work. Revealing secrets about the General (true or false) is it really in the interest of the society? 1 should ask himself. I personnally feel sorry for the General, because trully speaking, no man is perfect. Good luck on his enquiry.

  • Roy - 2012-03-25 09:39

    Wow!This was one stupid "cop" who could sign-off anything without knowing what he was signing for. Would seem that he wasn't to stupid to collect his pay every month. Wonder if he could face himself in his mirror knowing what he was doing was wrong.

  • Johann - 2012-03-25 11:09

    When you are in the sh!!t youre in it for the long haul and praise to or media they will diig and dig and i promise you mr.Celle this not the last ,cut your losses and. Run while the runing. Is good. And you can stil find place to hide

  • Jimmy - 2012-03-25 12:00

    Top cops, what top cops. i think that these guys where picked from identity parade.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-03-25 13:19

    ag give him a chance he is still learning the job

  • frank.hartry - 2012-03-25 13:38


  • Jan - 2012-03-25 13:43

    Well I don't blame cele because he is a human being,b'coz anybody can get tempted on a fortune like that,just that cele was surposed to protect 2010 wolrd cup but not to steal from it sorry it came out like that but the law has to take its course nobody is above the law.

  • Saamprater - 2012-03-25 14:21

    Feeding time, again!

  • Phethile - 2012-03-25 22:03

    It neva rains but pours 4 Cele. He must go

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