Bheki Cele

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Bheki Cele
MP
Bheki Cele at press conference on crime at World Cup 2010-06-29 1.jpg
Cele at a press conference in Pretoria on crime at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June 2010
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Incumbent
Assumed office
25 May 2014
President Jacob Zuma
Minister Senzeni Zokwana
Preceded by Pieter Mulder
National Commissioner of the South African Police Service
In office
2009–2011
Preceded by Jackie Selebi
Succeeded by Riah Phiyega
Personal details
Born (1952-04-22) 22 April 1952 (age 62)

Bheki Cele (born 22 April 1952) is the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries since 25 May 2014 and was the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service until October 2011, when he was suspended from duty, due to allegations of corruption.[1] He was appointed to this position in July 2009, replacing Jackie Selebi, who was suspended in January 2008 following charges of corruption. Previously he held the post of Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Transport, Safety and Security in KwaZulu-Natal.[2] He is a member of the African National Congress.

General Bheki Cele was dismissed as national police chief in December, 2012. "I have decided to release General Cele from his duties," Zuma told reporters in Pretoria.[3]

He referred to the board of inquiry mandated to establish whether Cele acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with business tycoon Roux Shabangu—one for a building in Pretoria, another for a building in Durban.

"The board has found General Cele to be unfit for office and has recommended his removal from office in terms of the provisions of section 8(6)(b)(v) of the South African Police Service Act No. 68 of 1995," said Zuma.

Despite this, in November 2013, he was placed on the ANC's list of preferred candidates to go to parliament.[4]

In January 2014, he attempted to delay the South African Public Protector's report on wasteful expenditure at Nkandla - President Jacob Zuma’s private homestead.[5]

Corrupt administration of Taxpayer money[edit]

Bheki Cele is under investigation, as evidence shows R1.7 billion rand spent on building leases were unlawful, improper and constituted maladministration.[6] Though suspended, South African taxpayers spend at least R1.3-million a year on his salary.[7]

Conflict with Inkatha Freedom Party[edit]

In April 2009 he drew criticism for comments made at a rally in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, about the Inkatha Freedom Party, and its leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The remarks, insinuating IFP propagation of illicit weaponry, were made against a background of political tension and violence in the Natal province.[6]

2009 NEHAWU strike[edit]

Cele also played a role in the suspension of a three-day strike of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) over the failure to address their concerns regarding KwaZulu-Natal department of transport official Chris Hlabisa. According to Nehawu's Vusi Gama, they suspended the strike, which had been organised to call for Hlabisa's sacking, after asking for a meeting with Cele.[8]

Comments to SAPS[edit]

In September 2010, Cele made comments regarding the SAPS, telling them to "shape up or ship out", and saying "when you walk down the street, people must envy your body." One of his comments, "Stomach in, chest out", has become viral in South Africa and has inspired several techno remixes using audio from his speech.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bheki Cele suspended over lease saga". News24. October 2011. 
  2. ^ "MEC for Transport, Safety and Security, Mr Bheki Cele". KZN Transport. June 2004. 
  3. ^ "Bheki Cele". BBC News. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Cele tops KZN ANC parliament list". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cele could delay Madonsela report on Nkandla splurge". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b ["http://mg.co.za/article/2011-06-24-cele-fingerprints-all-over-kzn-lease" "M&G: "Cele 'fingerprints' all over KZN lease""]. Mail & Guardian. 24 July 2011. 
  7. ^ ["http://mg.co.za/article/2011-11-20-suspended-cele-earns-r13m/" "M&G: "Suspended Cele earns R1.3m""]. Mail & Guardian. 20 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Memela, Mhlaba (8 April 2009). "Nehawu strike off". The Sowetan. 
Preceded by
Jackie Selebi
National Commissioner of the South African Police Service
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Major-General Nhlanhla Sibusiso Mkhwanazi