Hawks still investigating DA's Cele charges

Former national police commissioner Bheki Cele. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

Former national police commissioner Bheki Cele. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

"We laid the charges based on evidence in the public protector's report into the [South African Police Service] SAPS lease deal, which found serious maladministration and 'reckless' dealings with public funds," DA justice spokesperson Debbie Schafer said in a statement on Sunday.

"I have subsequently been furnished with further information regarding three bank accounts from an anonymous source, who believes that they are related to this matter. I have delivered these to the Hawks," she said.

The charges were laid at Claremont police station last August against the then national police commissioner Bheki Cele, former public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and director general Siviwe Dongwana, and businessman Roux Shabangu.

Shafer said Lieutenant-General Anwa Dramat's office had confirmed that the investigation was still ongoing, and that the DA would be advised of the outcome. "No further details were given, but it is clear that an investigation is being conducted, and we must assume that if there were no evidence, the case would have been closed by now," she said.

Cele was fired by President Jacob Zuma after a board of inquiry, headed by Judge Jake Moloi, found he was not fit to hold office.

Moloi's inquiry was mandated by Zuma to establish whether Cele had acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals, worth R1.7-billion, he signed with Shabangu.
– Sapa

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