Cele writes to Zuma - report

2012-05-29 07:30

Johannesburg - Suspended police commissioner General Bheki Cele has written to President Jacob Zuma asking to be reinstated, according to a report on Monday.

The eNews channel reported that Cele had asked Zuma to disregard a board of inquiry's recommendation that he be removed.

Cele reportedly argued that the board relied too heavily on the evidence given against him and disregarded those who testified for him.

Cele also reportedly submitted that there was no evidence that his relationship with property tycoon Roux Shabangu was questionable.

"I am not in a position to comment on any communication Cele made or did not make with the president," said Cele's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize.

The board investigated allegations of misconduct relating to two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban.

It recommended that Cele be fired and that a criminal investigation be started into the irregular awarding of the leases, which were worth R1.7bn.

On Friday, Cele said he intended bringing a high court challenge against the report.

"It is not even about the validity. There is no question whatsoever in Bheki Cele's mind... the report is invalid," Mkhize said at the time.

"He is just going to court to satisfy his view that the report is invalid."

Mkhize said the invalidity of the report was apparent to rational and objective readers.

He declined to say when the court application would be made, or if it had already been made.

"For every one voice that calls for him to be fired, there are 100 calls for him to be reinstated," he said

Mkhize said calls for Cele's dismissal were "nonsensical" and should "not be given any regard whatsoever".

  • Henri - 2012-05-29 07:43

    The ANC`s member must be in a different realm, they can never accept a final disicion. Grow a pair and take it like a man you coward.

      Sean - 2012-05-29 08:33

      I found this part quite funny "Cele reportedly argued that the board relied too heavily on the evidence given against him and disregarded those who testified for him". Well that's because you are guilty you chop

      Alan - 2012-05-29 09:39

      (Alan2) Dear heaven - what barefaced liars the ANC and people like Cele are. A proper board of enquiry finds Cele guilty, clearly detailing dozens of his lies. The Public Protector finds him guilty. Yet this man actually wants to be REINSTATED??? Truly, truly unbelievable. What a mess the ANC are, actually appointing people like this and many other corrupt types.

      John - 2012-05-29 09:40

      jup i am also failing to understand their thinking,think they are just thick and have a skin to suit.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-29 07:49

    Another couple million to support a criminal. But thats ok, the minority will continue to pay tax and support this CancER.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-29 07:53

    your kidding me???

  • Archie - 2012-05-29 07:54

    You cant fool all the people all the time.And really we dont support crooked people even if they have struggle credentials.Corruption is not a way of life for us average citizens.

      ianon.ym - 2012-05-29 08:00

      @Archie - In SA it seems though that you CAN fool the people All the time - and the only one laughing is the ANC.

  • Johannes - 2012-05-29 07:57

    The cANCer way - Do whatever you like for as long as you like. But never never get caught. And once you are caught red handed and there is no way out go to the courts. High > Appeals > Constitution and only then if all else fails you get transferred internally to another department

  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-29 07:58

    Dear Mr President... If I am not reinstated I will become a whislteblower. The public will be made aware of your rape, corruption and racist schemes... ect ect :P

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-05-29 08:10

    "It is not even about the validity. There is no question whatsoever in Bheki Cele's mind... the report is invalid," I think Cele is the invalid in this story

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-05-29 08:29

    Even if God testifies in your favor. It does not justify corruption.

  • Wayne - 2012-05-29 08:47

    lets make that a rule of law...disregard all evidence and rule judgement based on who we pay to testify for us. Well done Mr Cele

  • Stephen - 2012-05-29 08:52

    We need to get rid of this Idi Amin wannabe. Some of us have not forgotten how Cele tried to subvert the course of justice when his "buddy" Prince Zulu (now a resident at the Westville Hotel for ANC cadres) killed those two kids in Morningside.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-29 09:00

    neptocracy is one’s failure to succeed from a position of strength. A political example of ineptocracy would be South Africa’s ruling party the ANC; who after 18 years of leading one of the most fertile and resource rich countries in the world hasn’t developed any sustainable solutions to generating wealth for its people beyond affirmative action, land redistribution and the nationalization of assets. After almost two decades of rule, the ANC’s sole solution to endowing its people is still to merely take wealth away from others. Surely this is their failure? Consider that South Africa is the only country in the world whose affirmative action policy favours a majority who also happens to have complete political control. In the rest of the world affirmative action is designed to favour the politically un-represented minority, not the politically strong majority. South Africa now appears to have a system of government whereby the ruling party is elected by the non- contributing majority, who in turn are then rewarded with subsidies, goods and services paid for from the earnings of the contributing minority. In the end something has got to give as no economy can bear 20 million people supporting 50 million people. So the fact that after two decades of complete political control the ANC has failed to secure wealth generation systems for its people beyond affirmative action and nationalisation, well is that not the very definition of ineptocracy?

  • danie.frederick - 2012-05-29 09:01

    Bring Cele back to his post today in order to combat crime properly!There is no suitable replace ment for his skills.

      randomhero6661 - 2012-05-29 09:10

      Eh chomper go grab a cup of coffee, trolling only start at 11:00. Everybody knows this.

      Peter - 2012-05-29 13:02

      His 'real' skills have been exposed. You troll. Go away.

  • Issa - 2012-05-29 09:08

    Based on what I have seen on Bheki Cele since in other position he worked - he is a fearless man ready to change things the faster way possible. I think ANC wants people like him who at one time will command the treasury to give every citizen a million Rand. I see no reason why he was dismissed, why taken to court, and why he must loose his job? When making decision we must think of the results and the future consequences.He is well possioned and ready to face the bullet so why hating that type of men who put their lives at risk in preventing others? The properties were not his brother's and if any how much commission he might be given? What if it was for no benefit? Bheki Cele must come back as a police general, let us accept and allow those who are hard working to work, let us put our political understanding away from development-viva Bheki Cele viva!.

      Alan - 2012-05-29 09:44

      Cele was never a 'general.' He never worked his way up the ranks as happens in a proper army. He had almost NO previous police experience before he was appointed. Then he changed the ranks and made HIMSELF a 'general', putting stars on his own shoulders. How flippin' pathetic is that. He's a chop and a crook, The evidence clearly says so. No way a person like this must be in charge of anything, especially the police. Did you not see all his lies exposed in the last Sunday Times? I guess not, otherwide you wouldn't write the post you did.

      Peter - 2012-05-29 13:05

      Clearly you do not understand the real 'Cele' - ie money, money, money - no different to the rest.

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-29 16:19

      @ Issa, You are a real Retarded A##hole

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-29 09:48

    Don't worry, Cele, you will get a top job somewhere else in the circus. The ANC isn't big on prosecuting or firing corrupt officials.

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