Zuma to decide on Cele matter

2011-03-17 14:15

President Jacob Zuma will decide what action to take against police commissioner General Bheki Cele once he’s received all outstanding information from Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Cabinet Secretary Vusi Mavimbela regarding the matter.

“I’ve received the Public Protector’s report and I am studying it. I am awaiting reports from the minister of justice and constitutional development and the secretary of Cabinet. Once I’ve received all outstanding reports I shall decided what steps, if any, need to be taken,” said Zuma.

He was responding to a question from the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the National Assembly as to whether Cele’s conduct, in light of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding, was improper, unlawful and amounted to maladministration, and whether Cele was fit to serve the country in his current capacity.

Madonsela announced in February that Cele was guilty of improper conduct and maladministration when the police authorised a R500-million lease for the Sanlam Middestad Building in Pretoria, to be used as their new headquarters.

She said Cele’s conduct breached the Constitution, the Public Finance Management Act, treasury regulations and supply chain management rules and policies.

Radebe and Mavimbela had met Madonsela over her findings and would submit a report on the meeting soon.

Zuma said he was not in a position to “fully” answer the question at this stage, as “it would be tantamount to pre-judging”.

The government would cooperate with the Public Protector and take the matter to its “conclusion”.

“If a person is found guilty, you convict. If the person is not found guilty, you can’t convict,” said Zuma.

“Depending on the gravity of the crime committed, [it will] describe or determine what type of action you take.”

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