PRETORIA – Axed National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele on Wednesday suggested that several ministers were behind a plot to remove him from office.
He addressed media at a National Press Club briefing in Pretoria, a day after President Jacob Zuma announced his dismissal.
Cele was sacked from his post following recommendations from a commission of inquiry looking into his fitness to hold office.
Late in 2011, Zuma announced that Judge Jake Moloi would head the hearings after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a damning report on the police headquarters deal.
She found that several senior officials, including Cele, acted improperly in the procurement process involving the Pretoria and Durban properties.
Speaking at the press briefing on Wednesday, the former commissioner said representatives from various government departments met Moloi before his hearing got underway.
He said the ministers went back to Zuma to recommend that more charges be open against him, but the president dismissed the claim.
Cele said he has minutes of those meetings and called on the president to provide information on the ministers involved.
The former top cop said he would report Moloi to the Judicial Service Commission for having meetings with prosecutors before the inquiry.
He believes Moloi was influenced.
Cele said he felt “abused and humiliated” and accused Moloi of being intolerant towards him.
In May, the board of inquiry found Cele guilty of maladministration and recommended that he be fired.
Later this week, the ousted commissioner will lodge a court application challenging the board’s findings.
He will not fight President Jacob Zuma's decision to fire him.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)