No holding back as Zuma makes bold moves

2012-06-12 20:40

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday announced the dismissal of General Bheki Cele as national police chief, and several changes to the national executive.

He told reporters in Pretoria he had decided to "release" Cele following a recommendation by the board of inquiry into his conduct, led by Justice Jake Moloi.

"Having thoroughly considered the report of the board, and applied my mind thereto, I have decided to release General Cele from his duties," Zuma said.

Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega replaces Cele. She is currently the chair of the presidential review committee on state owned enterprises, and deputy chair of the independent commission on the remuneration of office bearers.

Phiyega has considerable management experience, she has been a trustee of Nelson Mandela's foundation and an executive at Barclays-owned banking group Absa.

"Ms Phiyega brings a wealth of experience as a senior executive, who understands the responsibility of government in the fight against crime, and the duties imposed in dealing with state assets," Zuma said.

"I have every confidence that she will show leadership and acquit herself well as national commissioner. We wish her all the best in her new assignment."

The president announced the appointment of several new ministers and deputy ministers.

Three years into his term, Zuma has become known for regular cabinet reshuffles, the previous one being conducted less than a year ago.

In the reshuffle of key cabinet posts, former correctional services minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was moved to replace unpopular defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who now heads public services and administration, a post that has been vacant since the death of minister Roy Padayachie.

Transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele was also axed after a disastrous tolling project on Johannesburg's main roads was stalled amid public protests, and takes up Mapisa-Nqakula's post at correctional services.

Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Ben Martins will replace Ndebele as minister of transport.

Sindisiwe Chikunga will be Martin’s deputy in the transport department, where she replaces Jeremy Cronin who takes up the post of deputy public works minister.

Gratitude Magwanishe is the new deputy public enterprises minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize the new deputy economic development minister, Mduduzi Manana the new deputy higher education minister

  • oneant.kasinski - 2012-06-12 20:50

    everyday im shuffelin...

      jack.bleck - 2012-06-12 21:10

      I think it's time he showed his empty hand and shuffled himself out of power and into a courtroom...

      vloermoer - 2012-06-13 04:23

      We have had 2 commissioners - one is in jail the other is just fired. Are we going to get 3 out of 3? I'm pretty confident that our "great leader" will achieve it ....

      Tebz001 - 2012-06-13 07:58

      Another commissioner with no police experience... one can only wonder, is anc good for anything?

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-06-13 08:10

      Why do they reshuffle? is it because they cannot do their job? Fire them then, why do you put them somewhere else to screw that dept up?

      Allen - 2012-06-13 08:46

      He can re shuffle his cabinet all he likes. The outcome will be exactly the same as before. When will he realise that he's playing with a deck of Jokers?

      Steve - 2012-06-13 09:20

      Maybe they should have made this lady President as she is a sh*tload better educated than Zipper Zooomer. Then they could put Ol' Sowerhead in charge of Number 1 chain-gang at Pretoria Central. No need to waste the court's valuable time.

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-12 20:54

    Mangwashi phiyega suppose to handle only the administration part of Bheki Cele's job

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-06-13 09:37

      i agree 100%

  • Henk - 2012-06-12 20:57

    Wonder which one of the wifes made him so upset?

      addmorem - 2012-06-12 21:33

      lol! haa, I'm reporting this as spam lol!

  • Busani - 2012-06-12 20:58


      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-12 21:09

      Ag man, DA se blou gat. DA must save you, not us, I don't need'em. Only you need'em. Leave us alone you and your. Democratic Party.

      Vic - 2012-06-12 21:13

      Busani is the MAN! Spread the word!

      henryian73 - 2012-06-12 21:21

      @ratsaka. oh trust me you need some serious saving lol! but get used to them. They here to stay and will be our government by 2019 and pick up on the promise of A Better Life for All where the ANC failed so badly due to corrupt leaders. No looking back!

      Busani - 2012-06-12 22:00

      ratsak tsek, i dont need saving you save me twice in one hour. now i know why you ppl is voting for rubbish. cos they like you, rubbish wezibi wena.

      Emile - 2012-06-13 00:28

      blatant advertising of the DA agenda... cmon guys, you are better than this. DA is better than this. the topic at hand is regarding the appointment of a woman (yes this is important) to a position she is not conventionally(note this well) fit to hold. in this instance one has to wonder what zuma's motives were and on the surface they dont seem to be good ones

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 12:50

      ratsaka.eugene - all that would achieve is swapping race wars for religious wars - which of the 50 religions should rule the country? ACDP het geen ballas.

  • Aubrey - 2012-06-12 20:58

    I think Zuma should have told the Nation that he is going to marry this woman .

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-06-12 21:05

    Zuma should just join LMFAO and take over as group leader...every day I'm shuffling, shuffling.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 12:51


  • Vic - 2012-06-12 21:11

    SS Zuma, better known as the Showerhead Shuffler.

  • jafta.sehona1 - 2012-06-12 21:17


      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 12:53

      Imagine the secrecy act on top of that - then we'd all really be suffering.

  • Steve - 2012-06-12 21:25

    And Sexwale??? Can't you let him go because he has too much on you?

      Erna - 2012-06-12 21:56

      It would have been so obvious - think even Zuma may not have got away with it. Think Tokyo is quite popular and maybe influential.

  • Michael - 2012-06-12 21:27

    Like shuffeling the decks on the Titanic.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-12 21:40


      colin.dovey - 2012-06-12 23:33

      Deck chairs

  • lotus.river.5 - 2012-06-12 21:29

    Eish,at least keep mkhwanazi as her deputy,if she's so great with executive work, he knows a lot about good copping,

  • George Bennie - 2012-06-12 21:47

    And still no one is qualified

  • mlondolozi.matshini - 2012-06-12 21:52

    our new top cop use to work for the bank!!!! hahaha things are getting interesting around here!

      thulanishaun.giyo - 2012-06-13 07:46

      @mlondolozi, may u elaborate 4 me what iz it that iz hahaha abt a Banker, thn i might gv u my view. soouth african frm Shaun@Texas Houston

  • mbongeni.mncwabe - 2012-06-12 21:55

    ppl commenting here sometimes..u battle to really make up ur mind if dey comments while havng beers in their bars or ppl wit short sighted,,,just nw president ws pressurised to fire BC whn dt is he is knwn for reshuffling...comon guyz!! Is ds a kind of some silly jokes or anti JZ

      mavuso.ngcangisa - 2012-06-12 22:25

      @mr mncwabe, it doesnt take a genius to see tht u r pro JZ, nw tel me hav u eva seen a minister who failed at their previuos position, reshuffled to anothr position as minister succed at their new post?

      peace.mabaso - 2012-06-12 23:45

      well said Mbongeni. Some South Africans are soooo naive. They don't even know why they hate Zuma.

  • John - 2012-06-12 21:57

    Who really cares? They will be just as bad as those they replace. Just think about this! (1) Lindiwe Sisulu was UNPOPULAR and pretty bad as minister of Defence, yet she is transfered to another minister position. What a reward for being BAD. (2) Sibusiso Ndebele was "AXED" for screwing the public out of millions with the toll roads. Now he is send to "JAIL" as the head GANGSTER! What a JOKE. Well done (A)nother (N)onsence (C)hange!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 12:56

      Don't forget Winnie when she was head of arts and culture and a few mil went missing... shuffle shuffle.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-06-12 21:58

    Wonder if she will be brave enough to stand in the firing line like Cele was, He should have employed a good high ranking white policeman., this BEE crap stinks of more fraud and more money in his pocket.

      peace.mabaso - 2012-06-12 23:49

      why does this have to be about black or white? I seriously thought South Africa was over this. WOW... Just know that God can see whatever you guys are writing and doing.

  • tg.gumbu - 2012-06-12 22:04

    Another politician who doesnt know anything about policing,wow,sounds so much better

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 12:57

      Yip... and so the cookie crumbles.

  • Partiboy - 2012-06-12 22:05

    I honestly dont undestand this government. How can people get dismissed from their jobs and take up other senior positions in other departments, under totally new duties? Im a Town Planner by profession, so can I now work as a lawyer or surgeon? Utter disgrace.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 12:58

      Totally agree.

  • Denial Dinakedi - 2012-06-12 22:13

    Zuma is cross since the spear incident

      Eddy - 2012-06-13 00:45

      zuma must fire matale as primier in limpopo as our kinds safering at schools,hospital

  • lephans.lufuno - 2012-06-12 22:17

    I am not trying to raise the issue of tribalism because i am not a tribalist niether, but the writing is on the wall and even a blind man can see that he is bringing another zulus in the critical positions, what about other tribe? I can't wait for his term to an end.

      duma.nkabinde - 2012-06-13 05:31

      Are you sure you are not a tribalist? and if not which tribe do you feel is more suitable for key positions?

  • Godide - 2012-06-12 22:19

    The benefit of the doubt should have been applied and given warning to the General and damages to be recovered to the beneficiaries. Crimininals have gain victory in this regard.Consultation with the communinity and business people.

  • Zahir - 2012-06-12 22:36

    What is the point too move these ministers around this is not going to fix the issues this is third move but things are worse

  • troll - 2012-06-12 22:42

    since when do African men look up to leadership from their woman. its a scam! i cannot see that a woman will face up with hardened criminals, take them on, and bring south Africa to order, in such a way that citizens will stop, and wait for the little green man to flash, before crossing the road!

  • loyiso.mdingwa - 2012-06-12 22:45

    Its been long overdue Mr President'but why firing S'bu and Jeremy,Who is next before Mangaung?

  • pule.moeketsi - 2012-06-13 00:44

    She's qualified for admin work nt for SAPS! Our government show dat u get da highest post if you are connected! Mkhwanazi was da best candidate for dis post bt he proffered 1 of his friends AGAIN! Yet why didn't she keep her previous posts if she was goo honest working person? SAPS is now a political party!

      ntokozo.ngcobo.58 - 2012-06-13 05:58

      But the opposition always said he was still young there is nothing you can do in this country without criticism

  • Emile - 2012-06-13 00:46

    this may be a good thing, despite the murky motives behind it. the lady obviously knows her way around management, and who really expects the police chief to be running the streets shooting at stuff. the decision has been made so sa should maybe try and see if we can benefit from this in any way. a little optimism might do you all some good lol

  • Thembi - 2012-06-13 04:33

    I'm not sure if phiyega as a woman will be able to stand the pressure of this position?she's not a trained policewoman then howz she going to manage?the law breakers are very happy where ever they are due to this

  • jeremy002 - 2012-06-13 05:57

    Many think that the top cop ought to be a cop, and rightly so in a normal society. But our police force has shown that the corruption within their ranks is extreme, and very deep indeed, so why not try something else.

      charles.mlaba1 - 2012-06-13 06:55

      I'm with you on that point, but what normally happens when an unkown person takes up a position of authority, is that they get very little co operation from their subordinates this makes the possibility of her failure More likely than not.

  • Phillip - 2012-06-13 07:17

    You can shuffel a deck of cards as long as you want to... the Joker will always be in there untill you remove it. Zuma, in this case you are the Joker, hoarding all the diamonds...

  • naude.andrea - 2012-06-13 07:44

    We shuffle we change we re-deploy BUT the incompetence can't be swept under the carpet. But wait we have a plan for that as well: easy does it. It is called NATIONAL Security Bill. Oh my what next????? The are incompetent. Easy as that.

      grobler.nic - 2012-06-13 08:34

      Re-arrange the worms in the can

  • jordaanjean - 2012-06-13 08:27

    So our genius Pres thinks, that after these ministers have been proven to be incompetent and unable to do their jobs. They do not get replaced with people that can do the job. He would rather replace one inept minister with another. When will they wake up.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-06-13 08:51

    Hmmmmmm, so you waste a few billion rand and then get fired only to get another position in the same government that you almost bankrupted? The ANC and its leader really need help I think I will send them the idiots guide to business for Xmas!

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