Radebe distances him from Cele saga

2011-09-26 22:42

Johannesburg - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has not been ordered to take steps against police commissioner Bheki Cele, the justice ministry said on Monday.

"The minister is not in any way involved in this matter," spokesperson Tlali Tlali said in a statement.

Earlier, the presidency dismissed reports of the imminent suspension of Cele.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj declined to say whether President Jacob Zuma had already taken a decision on Cele's fate.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that the president was about to send a final letter of suspension to Cele.

According to the newspaper, he would be barred from office while a board of inquiry investigated his role in the police's R1.7bn lease deals for new headquarters, which the public protector had deemed unlawful.

Tlali said Zuma only directed Radebe to put into effect the appointment of a commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

"Work is currently underway in relation to the finalisation of the terms of reference and other attendant logistics," Tlali said, referring to the arms deal inquiry.

"This matter is receiving the attention it deserves."

  • Bennie - 2011-09-26 22:52

    Chinese fire drill ???

      Rolie - 2011-09-27 07:06

      Geoff Radebe gets plenty of exercise ducking and diving issues!

  • Spook - 2011-09-26 23:27

    Blah blah blah!!!

  • alv1990 - 2011-09-26 23:33

    Why are you distancing yourselves Jeff and Brigit....tooo hot to handle?? I can remember back in the day when you guys had 'bullet proof' vehicles and your brother (brigit) was the nicest person around....what are you hiding?? Very clear that your designer dresses at the Gazebo were all ANC funded you hippocrites.......time to help your colour...or the African nation say..... one day is one day...good luck to you both !!!

  • James - 2011-09-27 01:58

    Cant any politicians speak for themselves or are they too damn important to speak to the minions - they all speak through their "spokesman/person".....another job created!

      cliffarc - 2011-09-27 09:16

      - Comes in handy when they can pull the " I was misquoted" stunt.

  • James - 2011-09-27 02:15

    wow, the "mind police" at News24 are at work early - removing comments.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-09-27 03:37

    Surely its the Justice Ministers job to take action when the law has been broken? Get on it Radebe you stooge.

  • James - 2011-09-27 05:02

    "mind police" are hard at work today - or could it just be coincidence that my comments are disappearing mysteriously?

  • Deeteem - 2011-09-27 05:30

    And you go around calling each other "COMRADE" !!!!

  • James - 2011-09-27 05:55

    you see, the days of "c a d r e" deployment and jobs for pals are starting to bite in the nether areas!! Now that people are being exposed, how does your job "sponsor" criticize you in public or sack you?? not easy.....because the knives will come out and the the real dirty laundry will follow and like a pack of cards it will all tumble down. Why has this not happened, cause there is an "open to buy" account at a very large shop somewhere where new carpets are purchased to sweep these little misunderstandings and misquotings under before the clever tax paying public find out too much detail.

  • noitall - 2011-09-27 06:32

    Suspension = full pay plus benefits for no work - but i supposed it is saving the country billions in dodgy contracts in the long run!

  • Proudly SA - 2011-09-27 06:53

    Radebe has never been one to take tough decisions; only to keen to side step this issue but manipulating chief justice appointment, helping Zuma get off charges all OK

      Jodida - 2011-09-27 07:24

      Yes, Radebe, any comment on the Sports these day and Rugby quota's?? Could not even make decisions whilst in that position!!

      muti - 2011-09-27 08:44

      Radebe was also minister of Transport before Sports and one can see the effect his leadership has had on the state of our roads! He used to travel around the country visiting his old comrades, sending them off to USA ( the then MEC for North West) on a mission to start an Airshow at the Mahikeng Airport. They went 2 years in a row, staying in expensive hotels and luxury RV's (Road Vehicles). Granted, the Airshow did happen but the roads got worse. Radebe will, no doubt, get another ministry after he trashed this one, what else?

  • Kevin - 2011-09-27 06:55

    What has Cele got on you guys? A hell of a lot I suppose.

  • letsee - 2011-09-27 06:58

    Political posturing. Rather stay outside than clarifying questionable situations and betting in the wrong "horse". Meanwhile the nation lives with problems.

  • Ian - 2011-09-27 07:09

    ah, the good ol fashioned slap on the rolex or is it breitling, another case of high level corruption swept away, nothing new in the association of national criminals

  • Ozymandios - 2011-09-27 07:16

    Amazing now that the chickens are slowly coming home to roost that these ANC politicians are all now seeking ways of declaring that they are not "being involved". All of a sudden we get people who claim to be innocent and of good clean office. Watch it will get better and better as we progress down the road of collapse of the ANC - how the "greater unwashed" all of a sudden will be declaring that they were not part of the "graft system' ever, and had nothing to do with it. They are clean of corruption and theft from the masses. Then we will get "I was given an order so I became involved against my will etc.". Then the knives will come out and the friends of the ANC will turn on each other like rabid dogs. My we are going to witness some interesting times and going-ons over the next 2-4 years. Watch buddy turn on buddy when the truth comes out.

  • MnrFotograaf - 2011-09-27 07:35

    Zuma is no prosecutor, no judge, has no legal training, so why should he have any say in such matters?

  • Crime Buster - 2011-09-27 07:44

    Minister, if you not busy with that maybe you could advise on the following. A SAPS Captain taking her kids to school every morning in a Police Vehicle. SU91 from the Sunnyside Police Station is not used to fight crime but transport kids to school! It is too often that one hears the SAPS cannot attend to a crisis as they do not have a vehicle available. I was under the impression that you travel with your own car to work then use official vehcile for work-related matter. Please give the vehicle to the operations personnel to maintain peace and ensure justice is served. 'til tommorrow then ....

      Ramelato - 2011-09-27 08:03

      That is true, these guys are abusing the state money and they are gettin paid to buy their own petrol.. SIS!!!

  • kingkong - 2011-09-27 07:57

    teah right and the moon is made of cheese

  • pragmatism - 2011-09-27 08:12

    distances 'himself' not 'him' ...

  • Not Black - 2011-09-27 08:51

    What a Circus. JZ delaying, CELE talking Tuff, Mac Maharaj covering up. Jeff Radebe, supposed to be a MINISTER of JUSTICE? Just look at HIS Portfolio & Deapartment. The biggest Shambles in SA. Seems the only time he opens his mouth is to let the bubbles out; or if JZ asks him to say something. Jobs allocated to cronies & struggle buds. SA DOES NOT HAVE A CRIME OR CORRUPTION PROBLEM. SA HAS A JUSTICE PROBLEM. No one pays the price when breaking the law. In fact they get rewarded with a BEE Golden handshake to buy Range Rovers and party for life. THE BLIND HEADS of JUSTICE leading the Uneducated Blind ANC Voters. THE CORRUPT ASSISTING THE CORRUPT. Gravy train passengers. In New SA Justice, 3 key words are: 1) Suspect; 2) Alleged & 3) Accused. These words are the smoke screens to hide behind prosecution.

  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-27 09:10

    Justice minister with no intereset in justice - when a fellow comrade is on the take it's justice against the old regime, but what are these leaders doing for their own ppl - nothing !!!! That is why we will have popular uprisings against this impotence of government - soon the blame of the "white second" mental falacy will be understood by the 50m citizens that are being left to struggle.

  • opposition - 2011-09-27 09:12

    There you go again. A comrade is in distress and they cannot make up their mind. Jeff, you are the Justice Minister. Can't you ever do anything that effects your department. I suppose it is the gravy train that props you up. It is case of to hell with the taxpayers, I make the decision, but you cannot now cause your comrade is in big trouble.

  • Darwinian - 2011-09-27 12:04

    ANC distance them self from everything, even service delivery.....

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