Cele eyeing political comeback with ANC conference appearance

2012-06-26 00:00

THREE weeks after he was officially axed as the country’s top cop and almost two years in the political wilderness because he was a public servant, Bheki Cele is once again attending an ANC conference as a delegate.

Cele will be among the 3 500 delegates at the start of today’s ANC policy conference in Midrand, it was confirmed last night.

He will attend as a representative of the MK Military Veterans’ Association, the organisation’s KZN chairperson Themba Mavundla said last night.

Mavundla said a plan had to be made because of Cele’s late application, but that he would now attend the conference as a member of the MKMVA delegation.

Cele’s attendance is a clear sign that he and his supporters are well on their way to ensuring his political comeback.

He had to resign his position on the ANC’s national executive committee in October 2009 after he was appointed Jackie Selebi’s successor and was expected to be non-partisan.

At the ANC KZN’s recent policy conference, the party’s deputy provincial chairperson Willies Mchunu told delegates that the Moloi Board of Inquiry’s finding that Cele was not fit to hold office as police chief, had not made him “unacceptable” to the ANC.

Mchunu said there were people in the province who were Cele’s supporters and who were agitating that more should be done for him. He said party leaders were dealing with the matter of Cele’s political future and members would be informed in due course.

Cele has made clear he wants to return to politics and it is expected that his supporters will lobby hard for him to be elected to the ANC’s national executive committee in December.

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