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Cele launches a subtle attack on Hlela

By Chandré Prince | Mar 08, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

SUSPENDED national commissioner Bheki Cele washed his hands of the controversial R1.6-billion police headquarters lease deal yesterday, laying the blame squarely on his retired head of supply chain management, Lieutenant-General Hamilton Hlela.

Taking the stand for the first time at the board of inquiry convened to test his fitness to hold office, Cele denied he was ever personally involved in the identification and procurement of buildings in Pretoria and Durban.

Instead, he admitted to having had unconditional trust in his subordinates, to the extent that he had often signed off documents without scrutinising their contents or truthfulness.

The two senior policemen have been at loggerheads over who should take the fall for signing off the lease deals at inflated rates in 2010, which led to Cele's suspension and the axing of public works minister Gwen Mahlangu- Nkabinde.

On Monday, Hlela said he had followed orders from Cele when procuring both buildings, which are owned by property mogul Roux Shabangu.

Cele, however, stood firm yesterday and launched a subtle attack on Hlela's capabilities as head of the supply chain management division.

Cele revealed how he had smelled a rat in the police's procurement department shortly after taking office in August 2009.

He told how stunned he had been when, three weeks after he was appointed as commissioner, Hlela had wanted him to sign a R3-billion public-private partnership agreement to build new police headquarters.

Cele said he had refused to sign the papers, arguing that it was "unacceptable that we (are) not taking services to the people" and were instead wanting to spend billions on police offices.

He told of how a businessmen (with the surname Moseneke) had approached him at a gym in November 2009 to inform him that this company would be undertaking renovations and the building of a gym in Wachthuis, the police headquarters in Pretoria, soon.

The Wachthuis building was on a month-to-month lease and when he had asked Hlela about the conversation with the businessman, Hlela had responded: "I forgot to tell you that we extended the lease."

This had raised his ire as Hlela had extended the lease a day before President Jacob Zuma had announced Cele's appointment.

He said it was then that he had asked the Special Investigating Unit to look at the police service's supply chain management and procurement data.

His request was the second of its kind. The Independent Complaints Directorate had made a similar request.

Cele said that he had never questioned whether the Sanlam Middestad building was the only suitable one available.

Hlela conceded on Monday that he had made certain procurement decisions about the lease deals on the assumption that Cele wanted them.

Cele continues his testimony today.

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This Cele-brity says he, in most cases just signs for sh1t without reading it, is that not some sh1t, I mean how ignorant a "leader" is this guy, assuming he is telling the truth, which i doubt, I'm sure he must have read the part where it somehow meant he will get a cut, or was that just a verbal agreement. Zuma himself does not read, his Recitation record is abysmal.

Mar 08, 2012 9:23 | 0 replies

A further waste of taxpayers' money on this expensive joke. The Public Protector's finding was sufficient for our president to make a decision on this matter. That is if we had a decisive president.

Mar 08, 2012 9:50 | 0 replies

Dear President Zuma,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing South Africa 's economy.

Instead of giving billions of rands to the government that will squander
the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following
plan.

You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.

Pay them R1 million each severance for early retirement with the
following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.

Ten million job openings - unemployment fixed

2) They MUST bu!y a new car.

Ten million cars ordered - Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either bu!y a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing
Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university - Crime rate
fixed

5) They MUST bu!y R100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week.....

And there's your money back in duty/tax etc

It can't get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back
their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know

Also...........

Let's put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.

This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.

They'd receive unlimited fre!e prescriptions, dental and medical
treatment, wheel chairs etc and they'd receive money instead of paying
it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped
instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed
and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and
snacks to their cell.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling,
pool and education.

Simple clothing, shoe!s, slippers, PJ's and legal aid would be fre!e, on
request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with
gardens.

Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards
would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get co!ld food, be left all alone and unsupervised.

Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay
R1,000.00+ per week and have no hope of ever getting out.

Think about this (more points of contention):

COWS

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad
cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in
Rivier-sonder-End almost three years ago, right to the stall where she
slept?

And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable
to locate 200,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country.

Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

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LASTLY

Think about this ... If you don't want to forward this for fear of
offending someone -- YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
It is time for us S.A. to speak up!

Mar 08, 2012 12:21 | 0 replies

That what Jackie Selebi said when he was fingered!!
We are wacthing Mr General

Mar 08, 2012 12:27 | 0 replies

Who's a liar between the two of them, I wonder.

Mar 08, 2012 3:25 | 0 replies