The media has in the last few days speculated and argued that the suspended Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele has been fired.
Cele’s spokesman Vuyo Mkhize and Cele’s lawyer Vincent Maleka have not yet been available to nor confirm nor deny the rumours. However, Mkhize did state that when the media has exposed similar stories they have often turned out to be true, implying that reports might be accurate.
According to some media sources Cele has already been informed of the decision and told to vacate his office, as his replacement will enter office on July 1.
The presidency is yet to confirm the rumours.
“We have no comment on the matter at this stage,” presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj declared. On Wednesday Maharaj said that President Jacob Zuma would make his decision public once he was “ready”.
A finding in July by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela declared that Cele had been involved in deals to acquire police office space, which were “improper, unlawful and amounted to maladministration”.
A board of inquiry, appointed by Zuma, concluded that Cele was unfit to hold office last month.