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Minister Bheki Cele set tongues wagging after he did this to General Khehla Sitole’s


Minister Bheki Cele set tongues wagging after he did this to General Khehla Sitole’s . Its been a well known fact that the Police Minister Bheki Cele and national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole do not see eye to eye and that they do not have a relationship outside their respective office.
And recently at the State of the Nation Address (Sona) at the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday night Cele said,

“I want a national [police] commissioner that will work together in a full understanding that our job is not [aligned] to factions, but the person, when it comes to crime intelligence, we [must work] together and walk in unison both physically and mentally. Our first prize is to deal with crime,” he told the SABC.

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When Cele was asked whether tey were working together with Sithole to ensure a safer South Africa Cele responded saying; “Even today he is not here. I was moving around the laboratories [and] he’s not there.

“Most of the time I find myself working with the deputies. Maybe you can ask him why most of the time the minister is working with the deputies rather than the man himself.”

The two have never seen eye to eye and Cele has even mentioned in public that he and Sithole do not have a working relationship.

In August 2021, the minister said during an interview that he and Sitole “are not friends“.

Their relationship problems gotrevealed when some Members of Parliament (MPs) blamed the problems within the South African Police Service (Saps) on political interference in appointments and the non existent relationship between Cele and Sithole.


This led to Parliament’s portfolio committee on police calling on Cele and Sitole to “strengthen their relationship to ensure improved efficiency” within Saps.

Cele and Sithole’s rrelationship has been a major concern as the panel of experts looking into the July 2021 riots have also expressed great concern. This came about after there was differences in opinions between the minister and the commissioner on whether the police did enough to stop the riots.

“The failure of the police must be seen also against the background of the Minister of Police stating clearly in his submission that the suspension of six crime intelligence officers by the National Commissioner weakened that division,” the report reads.

The panel went on to say that they should be constitutional changes to the appointment of a national police commissioner.

“The appointment procedure of the national police commissioner, as set out in the Constitution, may need to be changed. The attempts in legislation to try and delineate the powers of the police minister from those of the commissioner, while commendable, have introduced some confusion over the years.

“We were informed that whether the relationship between a minister and a commissioner works depends on the individuals occupying the posts.

“This is clearly untenable and, if it requires closer scrutiny of the process leading to the appointment of the national commissioner, this should receive urgent attention,” the report stated.

President Cyril Ramaphosa authorized the release of the 154-report on Monday.

Cele also asked that Sitole’s fitness for office to be reviewed which also landed him in trouble.