DA calls for Cele to be sacked over Durban lease

By Khanyisa Tabata
14 July 2011

The Democratic Alliance is calling for the dismissal of National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele.

This after the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela today officially announced that attempts to lease a Durban property for the SA Police Service amounted to maladministration by Cele.

Madonsela recommended remedial action be taken against all those involved in the deal that would have cost the SAPS nearly one-point-two-billion-Rands over ten-years.

The DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard says President Jacob Zuma will be remiss of his sworn duty to uphold the law if he did not take action against Cele immediately.

Kohler Barnard says if these are not grounds for the National Police Commissioner’s dismissal, it is hard to imagine what is.

“As the accounting officer of the SAPS, Commissioner Cele holds ultimate responsibility for the financial decisions made by his department.

“The manner in which the SAPS lease deals in question were conducted indicates a total disregard, on the part of both Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, for the checks and balances designed to prevent the abuse of public funds,” said Kohler Barnard.


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