SABC News - Bheki Cele suspended :Monday 24 October 2011

Bheki Cele suspended

Monday 24 October 2011 15:09

Khensane Maranele

Suspended National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele(SABC)

President Jacob Zuma has suspended the National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele. Cele will be replaced by Major General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi. During his suspension, Cele will be entitled to his full salary, allowance and all his privileges.

"In August, I informed the National Commissioner, General Bheki Cele, of my intention to institute a Board of Inquiry to look into the allegations of misconduct, in relation to the procurement of office accommodation for the South African Police Service, as per the findings and recommendations of the Public Protector," Zuma told reporters in Pretoria.

All eyes were on the President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria as he was expected to make a few important announcements. Easing the tension in the room packed with journalists - Zuma cracked a joke accusing the crowd of not responding to his greeting.

Zuma also announced some reshuffling in cabinet including the replacement of the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

Richard Baloyi will take the reigns from Shiceka, deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Thulas Nxesi has been appointed Minister of Public Works and the new Minister of Communications is Dinah Pule.

Cele will be entitled to his full salary

Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Cele were both found guilty of maladministration and misconduct relating to the police lease deal, according to a report released by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The Public Protector also found Siceka had lied to the President over a trip to visit a girlfriend in a Swiss jail.

Zuma has wished all the incoming ministers and deputies well for their responsibilities and has expressed gratitude to the outgoing ones for a job well done.

President Zuma is expected to leave for Australia to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Wednesday.


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