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Cele fights back

Fired former top cop Bheki Cele wants the decision to oust him declared invalid.

Axed National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele answers questions during a National Press Club briefing in Pretoria on 13 June, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
President Jacob Zuma,Public Protector Thuli Madonsela,North Gauteng High Court,Bheki Cele,police leases,National Press Club,Jake Moloi
Local Politics

PRETORIA - Former National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele on Wednesday said he will approach the North Gauteng High Court to challenge the decision to fire him.

He was speaking at a National Press Club briefing in Pretoria, just one day after he was sacked by President Jacob Zuma.

Cele said his court challenge is to have the president’s decision to fire him declared invalid and unlawful.

The former top cop said he will lodge his application before the end of the week.

“I am going to court because I want the president to clarify which specific findings of the [Judge Jake] Moloi report he upheld and relied on to arrive at his decision.”

Cele said he wants the Pretoria court to declare Moloi's report factually, rationally and legally unsound.

“Moloi’s report is factually flawed will render the president’s decision to fire me invalid and unlawful.”

He did not specify if he will ask for his job back.

CONTROVERSIAL POLICE LEASE

Late in 2011, Zuma appointed Moloi to head an inquiry to determine Cele’s fitness to hold office.

This follows 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, which Cele signed off on.

The buildings belong to businessman Roux Shabangu.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)


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