D-Day for Bheki Cele

2012-01-26 16:18

Johannesburg - The long-awaited inquiry into allegations of misconduct against Police Commissioner Bheki Cele will start on February 13, Judge Jake Moloi has said.

Moloi, the chairperson of the board of inquiry established by President Jacob Zuma in October last year, said they had been busy with “logistical preparations” for the inquiry.

Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, confirmed that the inquiry would resume next month after finalising preparations.

Maharaj said Advocate Lisa Tsatsi had been appointed as secretary to the board.

Other members of the board of inquiry include Advocate Terry Motau and Advocate Anthea Platt.

Zuma appointed the board of inquiry after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had found Cele's role in procuring new police headquarters in Pretoria to be “improper and unlawful”.

The inquiry is expected to finalise its work within two years.

Zuma suspended Cele, with full pay, until the finalisation of the inquiry into the R500m lease deal, which is also the subject of a High Court bid by the department of public works to have it nullified.

“We have been busy with preparations and many logistical issues that we had to take into account. But we are now ready to start working on February 13,” said Moloi, a Free State High Court judge.

  • Zoolie - 2012-01-26 16:59

    wow, i want a job in the goverment, no work, pay while they decide to fire my a**. Then i appeal for more pay. Love it love it love it. ANC must be hating their own labour law right now.

      Kala - 2012-01-26 17:02

      And it will take two years to wrap up the enquiry. All these ex big cops are still stealing the tax payers money. Cele suspended on full pay and Selebi getting ICU treatment paid for by us. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      Godfrey - 2012-01-26 17:20

      @Kala you forgot to mention the tax payers money, still outstanding for his(Selebi)trail.

      Max - 2012-01-26 17:44

      This one will probably also be found guilty. He'll be sentenced..Then collapse with some sort of sudden illness and spend time in hospital..Get a medical parole and join Selebi and Shaick on the golf course.

      Sedick - 2012-01-26 21:04

      The enquiry is going to take 2 years!!! That means Cele wil be on fully paid leave for at least 2 years, he will then appeal, then the CC - so most likely he will still be on full salary for 3+ years!!!! what a joke....if I had been in a coma for the last 15 years, I would think I was dreaming. No such luck. It is only tax payers money.......

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-26 17:03

    Please can we have it on DsTV Please pleeeeeeeeeeze.

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-01-26 17:09

    I know everyone will want to shoot me for this comment....but I really did feel safer under Cele's watch.

      Kala - 2012-01-26 17:14

      It's all a relative thing.

      Lordwick - 2012-01-26 17:30

      @Keke,I share the same feeling!!! Cele was on top of his game unfortunately this story.

      Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-01-26 17:34

      @Frank, how am I being delusional by feeling safer under Cele??? Its called a sense of security

      Dan - 2012-01-26 17:40

      Cele was on top of his game all right, the game of looting taxpayers's money!

      Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-01-26 19:02

      Blah blah blah!

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-01-26 17:10

    I know everyone will want to shoot me for this comment....but I really did feel safer under Cele's watch. Who's the Police Commissioner now?

      Burtfred - 2012-01-26 17:30

      Who the police commissioner is now is not that important. If he does his job properly, we hardly need to hear about him. Cele only became a household name because of arrogance and alleged corruption on a grand scale. He certainly wasn't famous for reducing our apalling crime rate.

      Jerhone - 2012-01-26 19:51

      some other gardenboy of Zumas who was made a general

  • Shirley - 2012-01-26 17:12

    The delay was caused by the long wait for a vacancy at a plush private hospital and for yhe ink to dry on the medical parole and extended suspension leave documents!

      Vegi - 2012-01-26 17:56

      Can you please expand on this spurrious allegation of yours. Hallucenogenic drugs are very dangerous.

  • John - 2012-01-26 17:13

    4 months down the line and only now, " we are now ready to start working on February 13". Only after this process and all the appeals, will they decided to whether to prosecute or not. Then we have a trial and its appeals..... We'll never get finality on this one. Too many "friends/comrades"involved.

  • ScarlotteG - 2012-01-26 17:21

    Just more of the same

  • Ben - 2012-01-26 17:22

    I hope he is a healthy man.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-26 17:36

      So when he goes to jail he can stay there? I don't think hs is so healthy. Just before he was suspended he called in sick and was hospitalised for "stress". The pressure of the allegations got to him. I'm sure that this was his first attack of Shaikalitis.

  • braamc - 2012-01-26 17:32

    Another one collapsing/sudden terminal illness, watch this space.

  • Dan - 2012-01-26 17:38

    Remember this, Cele has up until now claimed he is well and in good health and looking forward to the inquiry. Watch this space as soon as he is convicted, which is the right thing that should happen.

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-26 18:03

      Yes, until now being the operative words here. According to this article: "The inquiry is expected to finalise its work within two years" Thus giving Mr Cele 2 years or so to develop Shaikeyitis, malingereritis and a myriad of other life threatening diseases.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-26 18:03

    get him to pay back the 20 Billion .... all will be forgiven.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-26 18:04

    You people talking ill about our government are very ungrateful.

      Sharon - 2012-01-27 09:53

      Ungrateful for what?????????????? rape, murder, corruption, lack of housing and medical for our poor people, lack of jobs, lack of good educators and education ,,,,, get a LIFE vegi.....un are one sick uninformed anc little troll

  • Hermann - 2012-01-26 18:28

    How nice two years suspended on full pay and then get a golden handshake too. Nepotism is profitable.

  • Vuyisa - 2012-01-26 19:51

    COMBRADES : Tell me now who is the acting police commissioner for this present . because i have a degree in POLICING and the experience in working with the crime , amember of the local police forum in my village . plz hire me for a time being until Cele been back from his office because he had done nothing wrongto the public , people are fearing for being taken to court by GENERAL . i won t mind getting his quater salary ,bcoz i m stilla youth member of the ANC.

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-27 07:38

      School was not your strongest point neh?

  • mhlengwem - 2012-01-26 20:13

    "The inquiry is expected to finalise its work within two years." Wow! this for real?

  • Renier - 2012-01-26 20:26

    I do not believe this! Not only will Chele receive his pay including perks for the duration of the enquiry, the members of the board of inquiry will have to be paid as well.

  • mike.clery - 2012-01-26 22:00

    "The inquiry is expected to finalise its work within two years." I sincerely hope that when Cele is finally found to have acted "improperly and unlawfully" by this inquiry (as the Public Protector has ALREADY found), he will be made to pay back all salary and benefits received while on paid "suspension".

  • Hunter - 2012-01-27 06:54

    The lositical preperations was probably to shred all documents that linked him to the crime...

  • Mzamo - 2012-01-27 08:16

    Why forming commission of enquiry whereas Govt. has FINDINGS (NOTE: its not allegations!) from the public protector!!!? What more are they seeking to find?

  • Leon - 2012-01-27 08:29


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