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Discussion between Cele and Zuma remains confidential - Presidency

A meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Bheki Cele was requested by the suspended police chief.

Suspended National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency confirmed on Sunday that a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Bheki Cele was requested by the suspended national police commissioner.

But it said the discussion remains confidential and that Zuma will announce Cele's fate as soon as he has completed all necessary processes.

Several political parties have called on Zuma to hastily make the announcement.

The president met with Cele in Durban on Friday, to discuss a report by a board of inquiry established in 2011. 

Zuma set up the inquiry to probe allegations of maladministration exposed by the Public Protector.

A damning report by Thuli Madonsela revealed that lease deals for two controversial police buildings were unlawful.

Her office also questioned Cele’s conduct in the procurement processes.

It has been reported that the board of inquiry found Cele unfit to hold office and recommended he be replaced. 

The Sunday Independent reported that the suspended police chief is now trying to broker a political deal so he can leave with dignity.

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

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.

Cele's spokesperson, Vuyo Mkhize, also declined to comment on the latest developments and said he will only do so once the president has made his announcement.