- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has zoned in on Police Minister Bheki Cele
- The chair of the State Capture Inquiry has widened his investigation to include Cele
- Zondo has reportedly issued subpoenas in order to understand the minister's financial transactions for private ventures
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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has turned the spotlight on Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Zondo has issued subpoenas in order to get a better understanding of what the minister's finances can tell him.
The top police official has come under suspicion due to private ventures he engaged in while in the post.
TimesLIVE issued a report on the matter, explaining that four businesses had Cele listed as a director and are set to be probed by Zondo. While Cele opted to resign from Isibhudla Trading, he remains active at the following businesses:
- .Ithembelihle Logistics
- Tray Holdings
- Cracin Property Development
The minister's wife, Thembeka, will also be subjected to a probe into one of her companies. These new developments have reminded the nation of Cele's questionable record.
The South African reports that Cele had been axed as the Police Commissioner after allegations of corruption surfaced against him.
With former Crime Intelligence operative Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo accusing Cele of being involved in a bid to conceal their illicit activities by strong-arming law enforcement, the Zondo Commission has now become involved.
The allegations against Cele include the following:
- Claims that Cele was linked to a corruption ring allegedly run by Crime Intelligence
- Allegedly awarding a KZN businessman tenders during his time as Transport MEC in the province
- This businessman, Panganathan Marimuthu, is a disgraced ex-cop accused of involvement in a drug trafficking operation
- Cele is also accused of being involved with Roux Shabungu, a building vendor who rented property to police at inflated prices
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zondo has been zoning in on a number of top politicians lately. The EFF's Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu's bank records have become a matter of interest for the commission, according to a report by the Sunday Times.
According to the report, the commission has subpoenaed South Africa's largest banks to hand over data on more than 36 entities. Among those are Malema's records as well as his wife, Mantoa's and companies linked to him, including the Ratanang Family Trust.
Floyd Shivambu is also allegedly among those whose records are being requested by the commission. Floyd's brother Brian is also allegedly among the people who are being investigated for allegedly benefitting from the VBS Mutual Bank scandal.
The Sunday Times reported that the commission is looking into the bank records after being tipped off by whistleblowers.
So far, Malema, Shivambu and their associates this is the first time they have become subjects of the state capture inquiry, according to News24. Floyd Shivambu took to Twitter to vent and accused the commission of fighting political battles.
"Now that Zondo and the handled administrators of the State capture commission are failing to pin down the Guptas, they’re using the Commission to fight political battles of Jamnandas & the white capitalist establishment. We will expose their misguided political agenda. Disgusting!"
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