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Cele plots his strategy

Bheki Cele is considering turning to the courts if he is fired.

Suspended National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele. Picture: AFP.
Jacob Zuma,Thuli Madonsela,Mac Maharaj,Bheki Cele,National Police Commissioner,Police Commissioner,Terry Motau,Roux Shabangu,Vuyo Mkhize,Jakes Moloi,Anthea Platt
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PRETORIA - While President Jacob Zuma mulls over his announcement on the fate of suspended National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele, the general is already weighing up his options. 

Eyewitness News learnt that Cele was considering turning to the courts if he is fired.

While officials close to Cele and the board of inquiry set up to probe his conduct said the general had been sacked, the presidency has not yet officially commented.

Cele has supposedly drawn up court documents and is waiting for Zuma to publicly announce his dismissal.

He is expected to approach the high courts, not only challenging the president’s decision, but the findings of the board of inquiry.

Political parties have called on Zuma to hastily make the announcement, while the presidency's Mac Maharaj said Zuma will only speak when he is ready.

Cele's spokesperson, Vuyo Mkhize, declined to comment on the latest developments, saying he will do so after the president has made his announcement.

He did, however, say the board's findings were factually flawed, and that his client did not accept them.

The board of inquiry was set up by Zuma in November to probe Cele's fitness to remain in office. 

Judge Jake Moloi headed up the inquiry and his report found that Cele was not fit to hold office.

The report also found that some of Cele's actions amounted to maladministration.

The allegations of misconduct arose when two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban were declared unlawful by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

The deals were worth a combined total of R1.6 billion and were to be leased from controversial businessman Roux Shabangu.

The board of inquiry sat for several weeks earlier this year and explored the allegations of maladministration against Cele. 

Moloi, who was assisted by advocates Terry Motau and Anthea Platt, presented the report to Zuma in May.

The report was compiled from numerous submissions, as well as evidence heard gathered during public hearings which took place in Pretoria.

The evidence leader called for the general to be suspended, while his defence maintained there was never any wrongdoing on his part.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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