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'Cele must be removed from office'

Suspended National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele should be removed from office, evidence leader...

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Suspended National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele should be removed from office, evidence leader Mbuyiseli Madlanga said on Monday.

He was addressing the Cele Inquiry in Pretoria.

The hearings were set up by President Jacob Zuma after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a damning report into the controversial police headquarters deal.

She found that Cele acted improperly in the procurement process of the Pretoria and Durban deals.

Madlanga questioned Cele’s apparent ignorance.

He said the former top cop was responsible for ensuring that the South African Police Service was "not taken for a ride".

Madlanga added the commissioner should have ensured he was not part of the improper process.

“From the evidence we have, he did not only partake but also initiated [the improper procurement of the leases].”

Madlanga conceded they would not be able to prove corruption in a criminal court.

Cele’s lawyer then presented closing arguments late on Monday.

Defence advocate Vincent Maleka said Madlanga had five months to prove a relationship existed between Cele and businessman Roux Shabangu.

“They have failed to do so,” he added.

Shabangu is the owner of the Pretoria and Durban buildings in question.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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