Throwback Thursday: Beki Cele, the comeback king, then and now

Throwback Thursday: Beki Cele, the comeback king, then and now

Only in South Africa - The new Minister of Police is also the old Minister of Police. We're talking about none other than Mr Stomach in, chest out...Bheki Cele.

Bhekokwakhe "Bheki" Hamilton Cele was born on the 22nd of April 1952. Originally he qualified as a school teacher and was instrumental in setting up the National Education Union of SA.

He rose through the ranks of the ANC to the position of MEC of Transport, Safety and Security in 2004.

In 2009 he was appointed as the Minister OF Police , but was dismissed under a cloud of controversy involving a lease scandal.

In 2011 a board of inquiry recommended that Cele be suspended for his role in a lease agreement signed by the SAPS.

The then Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, found that the lease agreement was “improper and unlawful”.

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He was brought back into government in 2014 as the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The latest Cabinet reshuffle by Cyril Ramaphosa saw him return to the position as head of the SAPS and renewed his calls for police to get tough on criminals.

Cele had been a staunch Zuma supporter but when he was removed as minister in 2011, their relationship soured.

Stomach in, chest out

Six years ago, Cele rose to viral fame when he said police officers need to have their stomachs in, chest out: "You must be a uhm kind of a product," he famously said.

His quotes were quickly changed into a song, which has gone on to enjoy fame across the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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