Zuma mum on Cele’s claim

2012-10-15 00:00

THE Presidency won’t respond to the reported opinion of former police commissioner Bheki Cele that President Jacob Zuma relied on commentary, opinion and hearsay when deciding to sack him.

The president’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj told The Witness yesterday that the matter was being dealt with in court.

“The matter is before the courts where papers have been filed by the respective parties. That is the proper way that it will be dealt with,” said Maharaj.

Sister newspaper City Press reported yesterday that the former police chief wants the North Gauteng High Court to review the president’s decision to fire him.

In a replying affidavit to court papers filed by Zuma, Cele claims that the president did not study the board of inquiry’s report and transcripts of proceedings properly before deciding to fire him.

“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.

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