Inquiry was fair, but worrying - Cele

2012-04-15 17:26

Cape Town - Suspended national police chief Bheki Cele believes the Moloi Judicial Board of Inquiry into his conduct was fair, although he was still overcome with fear at some accusations, it was reported on Sunday.

"The fact that the commission is headed by a judge tells me that, when everything is said and done, its processes will be as fair as anyone could have expected them to be," he told the Weekend Argus.

"That said, I would be lying if I said there were no instances during the commission's hearing when I was not overcome with worry and fear at some of the arguments advanced by the commission's evidence-leading team."

Cele told the newspaper an example of worrying reasoning was when the team said: "How Cele and [businessman Roux] Shabangu knew each other we do not really know, but they knew each other".

He said this was the type of reasoning one would expect to hear at a kangaroo court, not by a judge-headed commission of inquiry.

Cele said he expected to be cleared of any suspicion of corruption, dishonesty or acting with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with Shabangu, one for a building in Pretoria, another for a building in Durban.

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