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Cele was not advised on lease

Suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele did not seek legal advice before signing off on the multi-million...

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Suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele did not seek legal advice before signing off on the multi-million rand lease deal.

This was despite him removing police experts from the lease proceedings.

The suspended top cop's legal adviser Julius Molefe gave evidence in Cele's conduct inquiry in Pretoria on Monday.

He said he received a tour of the Middestad building.

Molefe said former deputy national police commissioner Hamilton Hlela was running the tour.

“I had no reason to assume something was wrong.”

He also told the inquiry he never discussed the lease with Cele and he only gave advice when requested.  

Earlier, chief financial officer Stephan Schutte said he was not consulted before and after the lease was signed.

“I did not see the document before it was signed and there was no place on the document for me to sign.”

In 2011, President Jacob Zuma set up the hearings following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s damning report into the controversial Durban and Pretoria deals.

Her investigation revealed that the leases were unlawful.

Madonsela also questioned Cele’s conduct in the procurement process.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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