No truth to Cele's axing - presidency

2011-10-16 17:17

Johannesburg - National police commissioner Bheki Cele has not been fired by President Jacob Zuma, the presidency said on Sunday.

"There is no such thing. No. It's pure speculation. There is no truth to that report," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in response to an article in the Sunday Independent newspaper.

It reported that Cele had been axed and had been asked to take on a diplomatic post in Canada. He was expected to vacate his office by November 30.

The dismissal was reportedly the result of a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, which implicated him in controversial lease deals for buildings in Durban and Pretoria.

Madonsela found that Cele had been involved in improper conduct and maladministration.


In a later statement, the presidency said Zuma had written to Cele on August 29 asking him to explain why he should not be suspended.

"The president is considering the national commissioner’s response and that is where the matter stands at the moment.

"The allegations published by Independent Newspaper products are therefore without basis whatsoever."

Democratic Alliance police spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard said it did not matter whether the newspaper article was correct or not. "Either way something has to be done about the Bheki Cele and the public protector's report," she said.

There had been a tendency by the government to simply relocate "inconvenient" politicians to ambassadorial posts, said Kohler-Barnard.

"It's extraordinary... people are not being held accountable, but are instead put into positions where they receive pensions and salaries."


Congress of the People Member of Parliament Mosiuoa Lekota echoed Kohler-Barnard's statements saying whether or not there was any truth to the article was irrelevant.

"Cope finds it scandalous that President Jacob Zuma uses the department of international relations [and co-operation] as a dumping ground for all politicians and public servants facing criminal charges by deploying them to other countries."

He said there were already a number of people who had been "dumped" in foreign affairs posts to remove from the national domestic scene.

"That point is not dependent on whether Bheki Cele goes or not."

Lekota said some of the politicians who had been given international posts were former Limpopo health and social development MEC Miriam Sekgabutla (posted to Cuba), former correctional service minister Nqconde Balfour (Botswana) and former minister of public works Geoff Doidge (Colombo-Sri Lanka).

He said each of the departments had been plagued by allegations of misconduct.

"This is a clear example that the current administration has always fought corruption with kid gloves," said Lekota.


The Freedom Front Plus said that if the Sunday Independent report was true, then it was welcome development.

However, it was unacceptable that corrupt officials be rewarded with ambassadorial posts, the party's police spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said in a statement.

"It creates an embarrassment and infringes on the integrity of ambassadors serving abroad as ambassadors' characters should attest to high integrity."

Both the DA and the FF Plus urged Zuma to appoint a career policeman to the ranks of national commissioner instead of making a political appointment.

The police and the newspaper were not immediately available for comment.

  • Johnny - 2011-10-16 17:25

    Absolutely true! zuma will never fire his righthand man.

  • Bennie - 2011-10-16 17:33

    Incompetence and Corruptness is never sanctioned - its rewarded , the African way !!

  • Mzamo - 2011-10-16 17:46

    I am so disappointed by the way he (Ndosi) acted. He was very tough in fighting crime so now for him to be involved in such a scandal is really disappointing!! I really liked his combination with Mthethwa. Anyway, all shall be equal before the law! LET HIM GO!!

      Anthony - 2011-10-16 18:12

      May I offer you a cup of coffie.....?????

      Mtizozo - 2011-10-16 18:20

      What also bit him is to sign thinking he is doing good for the country, not with the intention to pocket his own but to increase his service to the people of this country.

      Yar - 2011-10-16 18:33

      Mzamo Cele is a crook, Shiceka is also a crook. They mus all go. But not go go free. Go to jail.

      Anthony - 2011-10-16 18:49

      not to pocket his you also want same gays must wake up ffs

  • Mzamo - 2011-10-16 17:51

    I hope the Honourable President will now "apply his mind" on Mahlangu-Nkabinde, Shiceka, and the rest that the public protector will find corrupt!! But what's up really with this "re-deployment"!!? These people "pick-pockets" us and they are given another chance to continue where they ended......? This is the same as doing crime in KZN and the police take and drop you off in GP (to do it there again)!!!

      braamc - 2011-10-16 18:12

      Well said, besides there is nothing honorable about our president

      Van - 2011-10-16 21:09

      Zoomer is struggling to find his mind or is battling with the concept of what is corruption.

      Juan - 2011-10-17 01:49

      Well I will believe it if I actually thought he had a mind he could apply. By simply redeploying these criminals to avoid prosecution means that in essence he is condoning these crimes, which is a crime in itself. So its easy to see what kind of president we have, one that looks after his partners in crime. What a disgrace

  • braamc - 2011-10-16 18:01

    Off course not, keep the criminals alive. We all corrupt, eish, filthy thieving ANC bunch of c$%^nts

  • hadedah - 2011-10-24 16:14

    None of the crooks and theives would have lived long if King Shaka was still alive, he must be turning in his grave, he never liked or trusted the Xhosa. those who now seem to be running and ruining our beautiful country. President Zuma one day you will have to answer to King Shaka personally and to the royal house of the Zulu's. I personally dont dislike you in anyway. But your not firm like a Zulu Chief should be in running the country.

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