Minister of Police Bheki Cele insists he is not worried about the possibility of being moved away from the portfolio amid the looming Cabinet reshuffle.

Reports suggest that President Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to put Bheki Cele in charge of the State Security Agency (SSA). Meaning a new Minister of Police could be appointed with Aaron Motsoaledi tipped to take over. 

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Ramaphosa is set to finally reshuffle his cabinet and appoint a minister of electricity and a new deputy president to replace outgoing David Mabuza. 

Mabuza sent a letter to parliament this week confirming that he’s stepping down. He is expected to be replaced by ANC Deputy president Paul Mashatile. 

Cele was asked during his visit to Sophiatown Police station on Thursday. Thirteen people have been shot over the last four days in gang related crimes. 


“Don’t go and cry at a wrong funeral. If you want to know anything about a reshuffle, you know the man to ask,” he told journalists. 

“He [president Cyril Ramaphosa] is in Mahlamba Ndlopfu or Union building as we speak. Why should I be worried? I was put here.

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“I did not apply or send a CV and I didn’t ask so I will not ask when I am removed. So why should I be worried? This is not inheritance, this is a job. Do the job when you are given, when it’s taken and given to someone,” he added. 

“You go in with life. So you think I can stop working and be worried about reshuffling? This is not a Stokvel we are working here.” 

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Minister Cele also gave an update on the investigation regarding the killing of SA Hip hop star Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, popularly known as AKA.

“The Forbes one. The latest report yesterday that I got from the province because it is handled at the Province level. They are making progress but for now I will end there with that one.”

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