Parties want Cele decision from Zuma

2012-06-07 14:25
Bheki Cele (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Bheki Cele (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Police
    A 'behind the scenes' look at how the emergency services work. Now R310.00
    buy now
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma must make an urgent announcement on the future of suspended police commissioner General Bheki Cele, political parties said on Thursday.

Congress of the People MP Leonard Ramatlakane said the party was worried by Zuma's "silence" on Cele's reported dismissal.

"President Zuma must tell the nation if Cele has been fired or not. Cope believes the inevitable firing of Cele, whose office has been riddled with unpopular decisions, will help stabilise the destroyed police morale," he said.

Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said the lack of any official confirmation from Zuma was creating "further uncertainty" in the police.

"It is in the national interest that there is certainty in the police... especially surrounding the position of [the] national commissioner," he said.

Declined to comment

"The Freedom Front Plus calls on... Zuma to finally fire Cele and appoint a police commissioner with a strong police training record."

The presidency declined to comment on Thursday on reports that Cele had been fired.

"We have no comment on the matter at this stage," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

Cele's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize and his lawyer Vincent Maleka was not available to confirm or deny the reports.

The Star reported that Cele was informed of his axing on Wednesday. He was told to vacate his office, and that his replacement was due to report for duty on July 1.

The Times reported that Cele was told about the decision on Tuesday.

Unnamed sources

Both reports were based on unnamed sources.

The Times source said Cele would fight the dismissal "tooth and nail". "The general is not going to roll over and die. He is not that kind of man. He is strong. Stronger than this and [he] will fight all the way," the source said.

Mkhize told SABC radio news on Thursday that he saw Cele at lunch on Wednesday and said no decision had been conveyed to Cele.

He said that when similar things had previously come out in the media, they often turned out to be correct, so the reports might be accurate.

On Wednesday night Maharaj said Zuma would make his decision on Cele known when he was "ready".

Unfit to hold office


Last month, a board of inquiry appointed by Zuma found Cele unfit to hold office and recommended he be fired. He has been suspended since last year.

The inquiry followed a finding in July by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that Cele's involvement in deals to acquire police office space was "improper, unlawful and amounted to maladministration".

Madonsela concluded that while Cele had not signed the final lease, he had initiated negotiations with property tycoon Roux Shabangu, and had seemed determined to secure the leases despite warnings against them.

The Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday that Zuma must announce whether he has fired Cele.

"President Zuma must tell the police and the public whether he has indeed sacked Cele," said DA spokesperson on police, Dianne Kohler Barnard.

"The ongoing uncertainty about the situation in the top brass of the [SA Police Service] undermines police morale, public confidence in the police and the fight against crime," she said.
- SAPA
Read more on:    police  |  da  |  ff plus  |  cope  |  jacob zuma  |  bheki cele  |  police lease saga
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
92 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

C# Developer

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R20 000 - R25 000 Per Month

Senior Technical Sales Executive

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Tower Group (PTY) Ltd

Customer Service Advisor

Cape Town
Teleresources Cape Town
R5 000 - R5 500 Per Month

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Be open, network and share your intentions and ideas as these may be the vital seeds to the imminent change that can be starting...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.