Cele’s future hangs in the balance

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IOL pic may25 bheki cele Independent Newspapers (File image) General Bheki Cele. Photo: Antoine de Ras

Johannesburg - The board of inquiry into suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele's fitness to hold office has recommended that he be removed, the eNews channel reported on Thursday night.

However, President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said this was speculation.

“The president has received the report and is processing it and until then he will not engage in speculation,” Maharaj said.

“There is no basis for the speculation,” he said.

According to the eNews report, the board of inquiry found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office.

The television news channel reported that the board found his grave misconduct as national police commissioner and his apparent unlawful conduct further proved that he was unable to hold office.

It reported that evidence also suggested there was a questionable relationship between Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu.

The board was appointed by Zuma in November to probe Cele's fitness to remain in office as well as allegations of misconduct relating to two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban.

Cele's counsel Vincent Maleka said on Thursday night that he had not seen the inquiry's report and so could not confirm whether it had been recommended that Cele be removed.

On the social networking site Twitter, Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes commented: “In the M&G tomorrow: board of enquiry report recommends Bheki Cele be removed as police commissioner. He's planning a court challenge.” - Sapa


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