Cele to challenge axing next week

2012-08-10 15:38

Pretoria - The court wrangle over the axing of former police commissioner Bheki Cele would resume next week, as the respondents requested an extension.

Cele's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize on Friday said the respondents, who include President Jacob Zuma and five others had been granted an extension until 13 August.

"The general agreed to grant the extension. We hope they [the respondents] will have completed the process of filing their documents by Monday and only then the matter will proceed," said Mkhize.

The hearing was likely to proceed soon after the respondents file their documents.

Other respondents in the matter include Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Cele's successor General Riah Phiyega.

Cele is contesting the findings of the report used to fire him on 12 June, written by a board of inquiry led by retired judge Jake Moloi.

He wanted the court to declare Moloi's report factually and legally unsound.

"The only conclusion I could draw after reading the report is that someone must have prevailed upon justice Jake Moloi to make sure that he returns a recommendation that I be fired, at whatever cost," Cele said on 13 June.

Moloi and the other board members declined to oppose Cele's bid and said they would abide by the court's decision.

The board was mandated by Zuma to establish whether Cele had acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals he signed with businessman Roux Shabangu.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-10 17:00

    Just wants economic freedom like everyone else, no big deal!

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-10 18:51

    who is going to pay for this debacle ?

  • Andre - 2012-08-10 20:35

    I am still of the opinion that Cele should not have been fired. He should have been severely reprimanded. He is not a bad police commander when it comes to policing matters. We need a police chief that deals with crime with a hard hand!

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-08-11 13:24

      Sorry Andre. This person is a corrupt,crooked unethical cretin. That alone makes him non eligible for the job. On top of this, he has absolutely no policing back ground. That's like appointing a janitor as a general. Sorry Mister, you're wrong, beside being tough on crime, you really need the policing experience to understand how te mechanics work.

  • Mpumi Biddenfruit Sibiya - 2012-08-11 07:43

    As for wht he ws appointed for, he dd it well. we were told of an unusual decrease in crime rate in SA within 6 mnths of hs office

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-05 16:32

    I thought this guy was so ill they were reading him his last rites, magic muti huh?

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-10-14 16:04

    Another miracle cure like Shabir Shaik??.

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