The appointment of Bheki Cele as the deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries is an insult to the agricultural community as he was removed as commissioner of Police due to maladministration and corruption.
Cele is therefore actually not suitable for any executive position, but the ANC views him as good enough for agriculture which has to provide food for South Africa in an honourable manner.
The media earlier this year also reported that the PP’s investigation had provisionally found that Cele did not prevent money from being irregularly wasted with the building of Nkandla.
Cele was police chief from July 2009, but he was suspended in October 2011, following which he was fired in June 2012.
It is clear that government wants to push drastic land reforms through and is not prepared to have a person such as Dr. Pieter Mulder in the executive where he could lay bare the reform plans of the government.
Agriculture is a strategic industry and justifies an experienced and knowledgeable minister and deputy minister for the sake of the farmers of South Africa.
The value of Dr. Mulder as deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries will only be realised now due to his absence which will definitely be to the detriment of agriculture.
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