Last month, the EFF and DA called for Ramaphosa to remove Cele as minister after he announced he had removed Gen Khehla Sitole from his position as national police commissioner. The termination takes effect on March 31.
The EFF was unimpressed with the decision and claimed Cele’s head should have been on the chopping board.
“The termination of the employment of Sitole is yet another instance of misfiring by Ramaphosa that is based purely on factional interests,” said the EFF.
“Sitole has become a casualty of Ramaphosa’s cowardice and attempt to please his henchman Cele, who is the central problem in the crisis confronting the police service.”
It called Cele “egotistical” and claimed everyone in the police service is forced to “abide by his desires”.
The DA said the details about Sitole’s dismissal are scant and the public deserves to know whether a golden handshake was given.
“While Sitole’s removal is welcomed, minister Cele must follow suit if the president is serious about starting the hard work of rebuilding trust and credibility in the police,” said the DA.
“The tit-for-tat political spat between Sitole and Cele has rendered the police service ungovernable. A complete overhaul at the very top is necessary to undo the damage caused by both men.”