JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma must announce whether he has fired suspended National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, political parties said on Thursday.
According to various reports, the former top cop was fired by the president following an inquiry looking into his fitness to hold office.
But there is still no official word from the Union Buildings, despite numerous sources saying the president gave Cele the boot.
A well placed source has confirmed this to Eyewitness News.
Democratic Alliance shadow police minister Dianne Kohler-Barnard said if the rumours are true, Zuma’s speedy reaction is welcomed.
But she said the president must make an announcement soon because the ongoing uncertainty undermines morale within the South African Police Service.
Meanwhile, Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said he feels vindicated.
He said reports on Cele’s dismissal confirmed that cadre deployment was detrimental to the country.
Buthelezi said corruption has ended the careers of two national police commissioners.
On Thursday, Cele told Eyewitness News he has not heard from Zuma regarding the outcome of his inquiry.
According to a report leaked to the media in May, the board of inquiry recommended that Cele be dismissed for maladministration.
Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj denied that any decision has been made.
The Cele inquiry was launched following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s damning report into the controversial police headquarters deal.
She found that officials acted improperly in the acquisition of the Durban and Pretoria properties.
Late in 2011, President Jacob Zuma appointed Judge Jake Moloi to head the inquiry.
(Edited by Zethu Zulu)