‘Fire Cele now’

2011-09-23 14:20

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele should be fired, political parties said today.

“The Public Protector has already found him guilty of maladministration. Further investigation is unnecessary,” said Pieter Groenewald, Freedom Front Plus spokesperson on police.

He was responding to reports that President Jacob Zuma was acting on the protector’s reports, relating to two police lease agreements.

He said Cele, as head of the police, was an embarrassment not only to the police, but to the whole of South Africa.

“It is the second police commissioner which is an embarrassment for South Africa and Zuma should appoint another police chief with a proven record in the service of the police,” he said in a statement.

The IFP said Cele should be suspended with immediate effect.

“We want to see action taken against commissioner Cele now. Not just talk about possible action being taken,” the party’s Velaphi Ndlovu said.

“We want to see government, once and for all, taking a strong stance against corruption and maladministration within its own ranks.”

Yesterday, the Presidency said President Jacob Zuma had asked Cele why he should not be suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry into two police leases.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaja said Zuma issued the notice on August 29.

“In terms of this notice, the president informed the national commissioner that he intends to institute an inquiry into allegations of misconduct in relation to the procurement of both leases as per the findings of the public protector,” Maharaj said.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that two lease agreements with businessman Roux Shabangu for police office space in Pretoria and Durban were concluded in an unlawful and improper way.

She held Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde responsible.

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