Zuma to decide on Cele 'when ready'

2012-06-06 20:01

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will make his decision known on the future of suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele when he is "ready", the presidency said on Wednesday.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj was reacting to an SABC radio news report that Cele was about to be fired.

"We cannot comment on those reports. The president will make his decision known when he is ready," he said.

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 has said 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 spokeswoman 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.

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-06 20:06

    His still waiting for input! (Blade and Vavi) as always

      raath - 2012-06-06 20:11

      Or he's looking for his spine so that he can try that "doing the right thing" thing he heard people talking about

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-06 20:12

      But his a great dancer though

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-06 21:11

      ..I repeat: Here is a mathmatical theory on how our government works. 1. Knowledge is Power. 2. Time is Money. As every educated person knows: Power = Work / Time Since: Knowledge = Power Time = Money It follows that: Knowledge = Work/Money. Solving for Money, we get: Money = Work / Knowledge. Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done. Conclusion: The less you know,the more you make So.. This should do a lot to clarify why our country is in the state it is.

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