Police condemn Cele reports

2011-10-17 16:33

Johannesburg - A newspaper report that national police chief General Bheki Cele had been fired was a product of editorial incompetence and corruption, the police said on Monday.

"The SA Police Service would like to assure the South African public that General Cele is very much entrenched in his position as national commissioner," Cele's spokesperson Major General Nonkululeko Mbatha said.

"No amount of dirty tricks... will ever destabilise the organisation."

She said a disinformation campaign against Cele was being run by the "criminal underworld" with assistance from "their friends in the media".

"The SAPS would like to remind South Africa that the public protector did not find any evidence of corrupt and illegal activity in the so-called police lease saga," Mbatha said.

The Sunday Independent reported that Cele had been axed and asked to take up 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 Cele had been involved in improper conduct and maladministration.

Mbatha said the newspaper report on Cele's dismissal did not quote any documents or sources to validate its claims.

"The organisation [SAPS] will be writing to the proprietors of the newspaper in question to request that they institute an internal investigation into the underlying factors... that led to the story being published," she said.

"The SAPS will be asking the newspaper proprietors to release the findings of their investigation within 21 days."

Cele was quoted in the statement as saying: "For the sake of our hard-won democracy, I hope that media practitioners are awake to spot enemies of media freedom even if they are within their own ranks."

  • pietopper - 2011-10-17 16:43

    What happened to Sally de Beer? She was more intransigent.

      Dirk - 2011-10-17 17:04

      " product of editorial incompetence" And crime, the product of ????" I rest my case, "commissioner"

  • NrGx - 2011-10-17 16:48

    i think the media should "apply their mind" to their demand, such as Zuma is applying his "mind" to the countless corruption charges that the protector has brought to light. Once again, the corrupt are quick to denounce facts, but fail to act upon them.

  • James - 2011-10-17 16:58

    I believe Mr. Zuma is either afraid of Mr.Cele or owes him to much to fire him even though he may should be fired.

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-10-17 21:21

      Quite frankly I don’t support corruption hence I opted not to vote because I believe all Politicians are the same, but just different skin color, up to now Mr. Cele has done a wonderful job, most hardcore criminals are behind bars, we are seeing many Criminals killed. His success rate is much better than of Jackie Selebi, I don’t see anyone in the ANC who can take the criminals on like him. Have a look at Nathi Mthetwa, clean life, no scandals but very reactive, he will promise you heaven and earth, only to provide you with hell.

  • Alva - 2011-10-17 16:59

    Smoke without a fire?

  • Michael - 2011-10-17 17:06

    The media don't hire or fire government officials. Yet another case of reckless journalism.

  • Sedick - 2011-10-17 17:15

    No wonder the police services is so useless, corrupt, and fraudulent - they classify "bad" reporting as corruption. They obviously can't see the wood for the trees...The newspapers are obviously reporting on what would happen in a normal society and democracy when corruption and incompetence are exposed....unlike the banana republic that we are turning into....

  • Ronald - 2011-10-17 17:18

    "Was a product of editorial incompetence and corruption". I think with the good example that government portrays that it is just logical that the same attributes rub off on others. And then they get quite indignant and tell us to "do as I say, not do as I do". Scared of the competition, or what?

  • Jerhone - 2011-10-17 17:30

    no amount of dirty tricks will unseat el generaal dikkop said major general disaster

  • kriekv - 2011-10-17 17:32

    That is nice Cele now our new ambassador or chief security officer over the parking bays at our offices in Cananda? Shame what about Salebe can't you fit him in as well, we have to get some value for our tax payer money?

  • mzwaite - 2011-10-17 17:33

    guyz let m tel al of u smthing,mybe u 4gt dt Cele is Zuma's compatriot so no 1 wll ever broil his compatriot on fire evn u.

      Ari - 2011-10-17 18:06


  • David - 2011-10-17 17:35

    And the mere fact that Cele is still there is the product of ANC incompetence and corruption.

  • makhadog - 2011-10-17 18:05

    there is a vendetta against S.A most powerful police general

      henry.hattingh - 2011-10-17 18:13

      L M A O . . .

  • Mtizozo - 2011-10-17 18:05

    As much as I don't support corruption but in this I can see that there is a lot of media incompetances and missleading in their reports. I dont fckn care what Cele has done, but I know he signed documents not following proper tunels, that does not make him corrupt as campare to other real corruptors. Cele is a hard worker and nowbody can fight crime like General Cele in this country. Since he took over there has been a hope and less operating areas for criminals dew to his efforts.

  • Luke300 - 2011-10-17 18:56

    "entrenched". Aren't they all?

  • braamc - 2011-10-17 19:20

    Get on and fire the criminal and thieve

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