Time to move along

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

NA­TIONAL po­lice com­mis­sioner Bheki Cele was in full cry the other night on the tele­vi­sion news, his arms flail­ing like the vanes on a storm-bat­tered windmill, bel­low­ing at the me­dia about some­thing he had said. Or was it some­thing he hadn’t said? What­ever. Any­thing his mes­sage lacked in clar­ity was more than com­pen­sated for by the sheer vol­ume.

Cele has an un­en­vi­able job and the fact that he is ill-suited to the role is to the detri­ment of the coun­try.

He failed to im­press in his pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion as KZN MEC (trans­port, if mem­ory serves cor­rectly) and a griev­ous er­ror was made when he was ap­pointed to his cur­rent post as chief Mr Plod.

The clas­sic words for which Bri­tish bob­bies are renowned spring to mind: “Move along there, sir, there’s a good gen­tle­man.” Cele should do just that and make way for a bet­ter qual­i­fied and less volatile re­place­ment. JOHN GAR­DENER



Gen­eral Bheki Cele, na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner at a func­tion in Pre­to­ria.

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