Zuma calls special briefing

2012-06-12 15:36

Johannesburg - An announcement on suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele's fate is expected to be made on Tuesday, his spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize said.

"I don't know what time it will be, but it will be today," he said.

On Monday, Mkhize said Cele would leave his position if President Jacob Zuma asked him to.

However, if Zuma used the findings of a report by a board of inquiry chaired by Justice Jake Moloi, then Cele would challenge these in court.

Zuma was to address a special news briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria at 16:00 on Tuesday, the presidency said.

It did not elaborate, but the expectation was that Zuma would make an announcement on Cele.

The board of inquiry was mandated to establish whether Cele acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals signed with business tycoon Roux Shabangu - one for a building in Pretoria, another for a building in Durban.

Mkhize said Cele was "fed up" because he felt Moloi's findings were not legally valid.

The inquiry, which has submitted its report to Zuma, reportedly found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office.

It also apparently found that his grave misconduct as national police commissioner and his apparent unlawful conduct further proved that he was unable to hold office.

Evidence reportedly suggested there was a questionable relationship between Cele and Shabangu.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Cele's involvement in deals to acquire police office space was "improper, unlawful, and amounted to maladministration".

She said while Cele had not signed the final lease, he had initiated negotiations with Shabangu, and had seemed determined to secure the leases despite warnings against them.

Mkhize said reports of Cele's impending resignation were "absolute nonsense".

On Tuesday, Durban's afternoon daily, the Daily News, quoted unnamed sources as saying that Cele had already written his resignation letter.

Mkhize, speaking from Pretoria, said: "They are talking crap."

He said Cele was waiting for Zuma's announcement.

He said Cele was in Pretoria on personal business, but that it was not connected to Zuma's announcement.

  • Phumi - 2012-06-12 15:48

    You touch our General we will ensure that we bring Mangaung closer. Like what we did to your predecessor!

      Sagin - 2012-06-12 16:11

      why do you and your ilk always defend known criminals? do you ever think about what you say?

      Sagin - 2012-06-12 16:12

      @ janine. thanks for the laugh.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-12 16:14

      " Generaal, generaal soos een man, sal ons om jou val "

  • Henri - 2012-06-12 15:49

    make us proud mr shower, wash the dirt away

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-06-12 15:49

    heh heh heh I I dont think this is about Cdr Cele, maybe it's about another marriage or another kid out of wedlock who knows? but it would be better if he announces that he is stepping down...!

  • Anthony - 2012-06-12 15:49

    showerdick lets see if you got a backbone?

  • Peter - 2012-06-12 15:49

    He must shuffle himself out of that Cabinet too. I would give him a HENNESSY for that.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-12 16:02

      he will never shuffle himself , not even a five knuckle shuffle

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-12 15:50

    Hope he is calling the special briefing to announce his resignation..!

  • wehan.victor - 2012-06-12 15:59

    100 bucks says he will be reading his announcement from a piece of paper...again...

      Henri - 2012-06-12 16:02

      and still get the words wrong

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-12 16:08

      " the new minister for human settlements will be . . . . . . . . ."

  • vathorpe - 2012-06-12 16:04

    Any bets a "redeployment" about to happen. With this comes no accountability for all the charges he faces if fired!

      Sagin - 2012-06-12 16:15

      and the winner is Cele?

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