Cele demands apology over Nkandla

2014-02-16 11:04
Bheki Cele (Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Beeld)

Bheki Cele (Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Former police commissioner Bheki Cele has accused public protector Thuli Madonsela of having tried to make him the scapegoat for Nkandla and has demanded an apology.

According to the Sunday Times, the axed chief of police sent a scathing letter to Madonsela last week accusing her of bias in the probe. In the letter he demanded an apology.

This comes after Madonsela asked Cele to answer questions relating to Nkandla decisions made at the time when he was police commissioner. In response Cele asked to see relevant department documents in order to refresh his memory.

Madonsela furnished Cele with a copy of a security needs assessment report for Nkandla which was signed by him in 2010. The document was the only one given to her by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa.

Cele however was unhappy about Madonsela not having subpoenaed Mthethwa to hand over all relevant documents.  

Cele and Mthethwa have meanwhile been locked in a bitter power struggle since before Cele was fired in June 2012.

No evidence

Earlier in the month it was reported that there is no testimony in the public protector's possession linking Cele to security upgrades at Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

"There is not a single witness testimony that records him [Cele] of having done or not done anything in relation to Nkandla," Cele's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize told Sapa at the time.

According to the Mail & Guardian, a leaked public protector's letter showed Cele failed to stop fruitless and wasteful expenditure at Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Thuli Madonsela reportedly wrote to Cele that police and the departments of public works and defence had not followed proper processes.

She provisionally found that Cele, as the police's accounting officer during the period under investigation, had failed to stop excessive spending.

Mkhize said Madonsela had expected Cele to make submissions responding to preliminary findings against him which were not backed up by evidence.

"He was told by the public protector herself that there was not a single document in front [of her]... that implicated him. It was mind-boggling that [she] was saying there was no evidence and yet she had made this finding."

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