Bheki Cele clearly did not take kindly to being slighted in Julius Malema’s speech at the SONA debate on Monday, 14 February. When he took to the podium himself, the Minister of Police, fired back and accused the EFF leader of plotting to remove him from the cabinet.
CELE ACCUSES MALEMA OF PLOTTING WITH POLICE COMMISSIONER
Cele said Malema will have to wait until he wins an election before appointing cabinet ministers.
Earlier on Monday, Malema said Cele should never have been appointed to the cabinet position as he also served as National Police Commissioner for two years, in the past, and said the Minister was competing with the current top cop, Khehla Sitole.
Cele spoke of a secret meeting between Sitole and Malema, which he believes took place on the 10th of December 2020. He said the pair cooked up a plot to remove him from his office.
“I’m not going to go back to the 10th of December 2020, where there was a meeting between yourself and the national commissioner and the plan and the plot was hashed that I must be chased. So, I’m not surprised that today this is happening,” said the police minister.
Cele said Malema is within his rights to suggest his removal but he took exception to the EFF leader saying he should’ve been appointed to another post.
“If you don’t want me as a minister, say so, don’t put me in other places because it’s not your job, it’s not your duty to do so.”
‘POINT OF ORDER!’
EFF second-in-command, Floyd Shivambu, raised a point of order and said Cele was not allowed to cast unsubstantiated “aspersions” on Malema.
Shivambu said the police minister must put forward a substantiated motion if wants to make an allegation against a member of parliament.
“So, he must withdraw that. It is not a debate issue, he is stating it as fact and because he is a minister it will appear as if it’s truthful that there is a plot to remove him.
“He must of course be removed because he is useless but he can’t make as if there was a plot with the commissioner of the police. That is the point we are raising,” said Shivambu.
Malema himself also raised an objection.
“Honourable Deputy Speaker, I want him to repeat this 10th December outside, where there is no Parliamentary privilege, so that I can take him on. I’ve never met anyone on the 10th of December. If he is truthful about it, let him repeat it outside,” said the EFF CIC.
Cele vowed to take Malema up on his offer on Friday, 18 February, when he announces the quarterly police crime statistics. “I will repeat that. So, you better listen to those.”