Bheki Cele Biography
Bheki Cele is a South African politician and the Minister of Police, since 26 February 2018. Previously, Cele was the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service until October 2011, when he was suspended from duty, due to allegations of corruption.
Bheki Cele Age
He was born Bhekokwakhe Hamilton Cele on 22nd April 1952 in Umzumbe, South Africa. He is 66 years old as of 2018.
Bheki Cele Wife
Bheki Cele is married to Thembeka Ngcobo since 2010. The couple tied knot at a lavish ceremony held at Lynton Hall in KwaZulu-Natal on 2 October 2010. Political heavyweights, high-profile socialites and influential business people also attended the police chief’s big day.
After the lavish wedding on the South Coast on Saturday, Cele and his new bride, Thembeka, sealed their marriage with a traditional ceremony at their plush Umhlanga home on 3 October 2010.
Bheki Cele Political Career
He was the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Transport, Safety and Security in KwaZulu-Natal (2004 – 2009). In July 2009 he was appointed as the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service until October 2011, when he was suspended from duty, due to allegations of corruption.
He previously served as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries a position he was appointed on 25th May 2014. He is a Member of African National Congress.
Bheki Cele Corruption Allegations
He was released from his post as the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service due to corruption allegations.President Zuma made the statement to the reporters.
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.
Bheki Cele Qualifications
Bheki Cele has a long crime-fighting history. However, not without a little scandal and controversy. For instance, in 2011, then-public protector Thuli Madonsela found that Cele – at the time national police commissioner – was guilty of improper conduct and maladministration when the police authorised a R500-million lease for its new headquarters in Pretoria. Former public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde then sealed the deal for businessman and Zuma ally Roux Shabangu.
In an interview at the beginning of his tenure as national commissioner, Cele reportedly said that the law should be changed to allow police to “shoot to kill” criminals without worrying about “what happens after that”.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Dr Jean Steyn, a leading expert in police culture, said Cele is an “experienced cadre of the ANC” – and many in the party, and in the police, see him as a leader.
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Bheki Cele to reveal the antidote to gang violence in Westbury
Police minister Bheki Cele returns to crime-ridden Westbury in Johannesburg on Thursday as residents continue to call for drastic measures to curb the scourge of drugs and gangs in the suburb.
Cele will be joined by national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole.
“[They will] officially parade the newly and permanently deployed Tactical Response Team (TRT)‚ dedicated to the Westbury policing precinct as part of the broader strategy to fight the scourge of drugs and gang-related violence in the area‚” Cele’s office said in a statement.
“The visit is pursuant to the commitment made on Tuesday in which the minister had a community engagement with members of the community of Westbury following incidents of gang-related violence and subsequent community unrest.”
Protests erupted in the area last week after 45-year-old Heather Peterson was killed during a shootout between three men. Her daughter‚ 10‚ was wounded in the incident.
Residents vowed to shut down the area and called on government to deploy the army to clean up the area. The community accused the local police of corruption‚ alleging that they had colluded with criminals in the area.
When Cele visited the area on Tuesday‚ he said police had arrested two men in connection with the earlier shooting of Peterson. Two other suspects were at large.
“We commit ourselves to coming back to work on the matters the community have raised. We will ask other departments to be part of the meeting next week so you can raise the matters‚” he said.
Following his visit‚ some community members began cleaning up the streets. Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele said on Wednesday: “Police were alerted about gunshot sounds in the area. Police rushed there and found empty cartridges on the ground. No one was on the scene‚ however a case of attempted murder was opened.”
Times Select painted a picture of life in the suburb in an article on Wednesday that described how primary school children greeted each other by asking: “Which gang do you belong to? Are you part of the Fast Guns or Varados?”