Bheki Cele Biography
Bheki Cele ( Bhekokwakhe Hamilton Cele) was born on 22nd April 1952 in Umzumbe, South Africa. He is a South African politician and the Minister of Police, since 26 February 2018.
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 Age
He was born on 22nd April 1952 in Umzumbe, South Africa.
Bheki Cele Wife
Bheki Cele wed his wife Thembeka Ngcobo 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 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.
Bheki Cele Contact Details
Phone: 079 302 0100, 012 393 2800
Fax: 012 393 2812
Bheki Cele Latest News: Bheki Cele denies ever calling for police to ‘shoot to kill’
Source: The Citizen
Police Minister Bheki Cele has denied that he had ever called for police officers to “shoot to kill” criminals during his tenure as the country’s national police commissioner.
In an interview with Talk Radio 702, Cele challenged the media to produce evidence of him making such remarks.
“I’ve made the invitation to everybody that is in the media to show me the statement or the written electronic statement where I say so,” he said.
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In August 2009, Weekend Argus reported that Cele wanted section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act to be changed to allow police to “shoot to kill” criminals without worrying about “what happens after that”. The controversial section provides the grounds for justifiable homicide should police find themselves in circumstances of life-threatening violence or grievous bodily harm.
At the time, Cele exclusively told the publication that police needed to match the firepower of criminals by using “deadly force”.
Cele replaced Fikile Mbalula as police minister following a Cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa late on Monday night. He makes a comeback to the security cluster as police minister after he served in former president Jacob Zuma’s last Cabinet as deputy minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
Zuma fired him in 2012 as national police commissioner for his role in the awarding of a suspect lease deal worth R1.7 billion for police accommodation.
The former police chief said he would continue with his tough talk, and said he did not want to see police die with their guns in their hands.
“Yes I have spoken tough and I will continue to speak tough within the law. The things that I have said were that police must not die with their guns in their hands.
“I’ve said that the police must understand when they deal with the tough brutal criminals, they must not die with their guns in their hands and I still say so,” Cele said.