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Zuma met with Cele

It has emerged that President Jacob Zuma has met with the suspended national police chief.

Suspended National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele. Picture: AFP."

JOHANNESBURG - After days of silence over President Jacob Zuma's plans to fire Bheki Cele, it has emerged the president has met with the suspended national police chief.

The meeting took place three days after Zuma reportedly informed Cele he will be axed.

Cele's spokesperson, Vuyo Mkhize, has confirmed the meeting took place at the president's KwaZulu Natal residence on Friday.

Cele, this week, denied he had received such a letter while the Presidency would not comment on the matter.

In May, a board of inquiry appointed by Zuma found Cele unfit to hold office and recommended he be replaced.

The board found Cele had been dishonest, negligent and guilty of a conflict of interest.

Zuma set up the inquiry in 2011 to consider Cele's role in the police leasing scandal in which businessman Roux

Shabangu procured South African Police Service (SAPS) leases for buildings in Pretoria and Durban. Both leases were cancelled following an investigation by the public protector.

The _Sunday Independent _is reporting that Cele is now trying to broker a political deal so he can leave with dignity.

The Presidency has declined to comment on the meeting and Mkhize refused to say what was discussed.

An announcement on Cele's future is believed to be imminent.

It is not clear whether acting police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi will take over from Cele.

Last week, Mkhwanazi was accused of mismanagement. However, he denied the claims saying there was "a group of individuals" trying to discredit him.

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