Cele affidavit lashes out at Zuma

2012-10-13 16:43

President Jacob Zuma relied on commentary, opinion and hearsay when deciding to sack former national police commissioner Bheki Cele.

That’s the argument Cele has presented in a replying affidavit to court papers filed by Zuma in the North Gauteng High Court.

The former police chief wants the court to review the president’s decision to relieve him of his duties, and is also trying to have a board of inquiry report into his alleged misconduct nullified.

The board of inquiry, appointed by Zuma, found Cele guilty of gross misconduct in the awarding of a multimillion-rand lease deal for police headquarters to property businessman Roux Shabangu.

Cele claims in his replying affidavit that Zuma did not study the board’s report and transcripts of the proceedings properly before deciding to sack him.

The flamboyant Cele believes Zuma “side stepped” the issues he raised concerning his sacking, and that the president should personally explain why he showed him the door and not use lawyers to explain the rationale of his axing.

“I emphasise that in review proceedings such as the present application, it is the decision maker himself or herself, in this case Zuma, who has the statutory and constitutional duty to explain how he or she arrived at a decision sought to be reviewed, and to provide rational and justifiable explanation for it,” said Cele in his affidavit.

He also had harsh words for the board, saying its findings – particularly the suggestion that he be investigated for corruption – have adversely affected his “reputation”.

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