No official confirmation on Cele dismissal
There is still no official confirmation from President Jacob Zuma if Bheki Cele is fired.
JOHANNESBURG - There is still no official confirmation on whether President Jacob Zuma will announce his decision to fire National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele on Tuesday, as reported over the weekend.
Cele's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize confirmed that the president gave the policeman his marching orders, but the Presidency has consistently declined to comment on the matter.
Speculation is mounting over why Zuma is delaying his announcement on the fate of the suspended police chief.
Political parties have called on Zuma to hastily make the announcement, but presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said an announcement will be made after all necessary processes are complete.
Eyewitness News believes the issue of a successor is holding him up.
Weekend reports said Zuma fired Cele over findings of maladministration, because he revoked powers from key staff, but still relied on them for advice.
These were among the findings of the board of inquiry established by Zuma in 2011 to probe Cele's conduct during the procurement process of two police buildings.
The probe followed a damning report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela which found the Pretoria and Durban deals unlawful.
Madonsela's office also questioned Cele's conduct during the process.
After weeks of hearings, the board of inquiry found Cele unfit to be the police commissioner.
Cele has supposedly drawn up court documents to challenge his dismissal and the board's findings, as he waits for Zuma to publicly announce his dismissal.