'Stitched up' Cele plans to complain to the JSC
FIRED national police commissioner Bheki Cele has painted a picture of how he was persecuted and plotted against by senior government officials in secret meetings with the chairman of the board of inquiry that recommended he be axed.
Cele, who on Wednesday held a media briefing in Pretoria following President Jacob Zuma's decision to fire him, said a copy of minutes of a secret meeting was evidence of the plot to get rid of him.
He claimed that at the meeting held soon after Zuma had appointed the board of inquiry to look into his fitness to hold office, chairman Judge Jake Moloi had suggested to officials representing ministers that they should convince their principals to convince Zuma to add more charges against him.
"Fortunately, the president said no. You don't expect a presiding officer to sit with prosecutors. Why did he not recuse himself?" he asked.
Cele said unlike the public protector's process, he thought the board of inquiry would do a "thorough job".
"Little did I know how misplaced my faith was in the integrity of Justice Jake Moloi," he said.
He refused to say which ministers or officials he believed had connived to get rid of him.
Cele, who thanked everyone for supporting him, refused to say anything when asked what message he wanted to leave with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
"I have nothing to say to him, nothing! You can read anything you want from it. I have nothing to say," he said.
Cele not only intends challenging the validity of Moloi's "flawed report" in the Pretoria High Court at the end of this week, he also wants to launch a complaint against the judge with the Judicial Service Commission.
He said he does not want a golden handshake but "will shut up and go back to KwaZulu-Natal".