Eyes on Zuma as Cele sacking reports emerge

2012-06-06 22:38
Reports that suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele has been sacked has put the spotlight on President Jacob Zuma, who has been tight-lipped on the fate of the controversial police boss. (File, Sapa)

Reports that suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele has been sacked has put the spotlight on President Jacob Zuma, who has been tight-lipped on the fate of the controversial police boss. (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The presidency on Tuesday would neither confirm or deny reports that suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele had been sacked.

City Press reported that it had learned from three independent well-placed sources that President Jacob Zuma decided to fire Cele after considering the report produced by a board of inquiry which was set up to assess Cele's fitness for office.

The board recommended in its report to Zuma that Cele should be fired.

News of the sacking was widely reported by various other news sources, but the presidency was tight-lipped.

Earlier, Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said that the president would make his decision about Cele public when he was "ready" to do so.

"When the president is ready he will make his decision public and we will release a statement," Maharaj said.

Cele told Eye Witness News that he had heard nothing about his reported dismissal, nor any feedback from Zuma regarding the outcome of the inquiry.

The police boss was suspended in October last year amid massive controversy over two lucrative lease deals, one for police headquarters in Pretoria and another in Durban.

The leases, worth more than R1.6bn, were awarded by the department of public works to property mogul Roux Shabangu in 2010.

The board of inquiry found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office.

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