Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele is stepping down from his role. Image: Flickr

Bheki Cele and these ANC MPs will not return to Parliament

Bheki Cele says that when there is a start, there is also an end, as he will not return to Parliament in the seventh administration. 

Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele is stepping down from his role. Image: Flickr

Police Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that he is stepping down from his role and will not be returning to the National Assembly. 

Cele’s announcement comes as the African National Congress (ANC) lost its majority in the recently held National and Provincial Elections. The party lost 71 seats in the National Assembly.


Cele will not return to Parliament alongside several ANC members, including Department of International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr. Naledi Pandor, Defense Minister Thandi Modise, and Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

Cele’s career has spanned notable roles, including National Police Commissioner from 2010 to 2011, until his suspension due to misconduct allegations. He will be bowing out gracefully to focus on his personal life.

Addressing the media on Friday, Cele said an ending has arrived, and there is a new beginning. 

The former Police Commissioner said he left home to come to work, so if work is not there, he will go home and reflect on how to go forward. 

“Life has got many streams. You can’t be kicking the dust when the time has arrived, asking people, and worrying about it as if you didn’t know the time would come. As I have said, what has begun will come to an end. I am grateful to the people of South Africa, particularly my organisation, the ANC, that has given me the opportunity,” he added. 


Cele has been the Minister of Police since 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.

From July 2009 until October 2011, Cele served as the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service.

From 2004 to 2009, he was a Member of the Executive Committee for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal. 

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Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola with SAPS members. Image: Flickr