The supporters alleged that Cele’s appetite for the arrest of Gumede has undermined the fight against political killings in the province.
They made the allegations on Monday in Durban, where they had called a press conference to announce that, among other things, they would be taking the suspension of Gumede to court.
Cele’s spokesperson, Reneilwe Serero, dismissed the accusations by Gumede’s supporters as untrue.
“The ministry of police notes allegations from supporters and media briefings. Minister Cele is not involved with SAPS investigations. To this end, and in particular to the allegations levelled against the minister of police, as a general principle, please note investigators conduct themselves independently and objectively in any investigation working together with the National Prosecuting Authority. Any insinuation that Police Minister General Bheki Cele is behind the arrest of eThekwini mayor Ms Gumede is unfortunate, to say the least,” she said.