Bheki Cele, Gen

Date Of Birth

Current Positions

Mr Bheki Cele is Minister of Police a position he has held since 27 February 2018 and was re-appointed on 30 May 2019.
He was previously the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from 26 May 2014 until 26 February 2018.

Academic Qualifications

Mr Cele holds a Teacher's Diploma.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

From July 2009 until October 2011 Mr Cele was the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service.

In 1994, he was elected to the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security. He was later appointed as Chairperson of Chairpersons in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

From 2004 to 2009, he was a member of the Executive Committee for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal. In this capacity, Mr Cele distinguished himself in a number of areas, including: finding solutions to the taxi conflicts in the province, leading successful anti-crime campaigns, and promoting road safety on provincial roads and highways. He has also championed rural development, through prioritising road infrastructure development to previously neglected communities.

Mr Cele was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress.

He is a founding member of the National Education Union of South Africa and has vast experience in the field of education.

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