- The EFF plans to take Police Minister Beke Cele to court over allegations of trying to interfere with the suspension of Crime Intelligence boss, Lieutenant General Peter Jacobs
- The court overturned Jacobs attempts to have his suspension set aside while an investigation takes place into PPE fraud
- The EFF believe that Cele had tried to interfere with the process and have stated that they plan on taking legal action
The EFF has released a statement on social media revealing its plans to press charges against Police Minister Bheki Cele.
This follows the High Court ruling which upheld the suspension of Crime Intelligence boss, Lieutenant General Peter Jacobs and five others.
The EFF believes that Cele attempted to protect his former Robben Island inmate from criminal prosecution.
The party had earlier welcomed the suspension of the Crime Intelligence boss and accuse Cele of trying to interfere with the suspension.
“We further condemn the Minister of Police Bheki Cele who is cited as having a letter to the Police Commissioner instructing him to halt the suspension of Lt-Gen Jacobs. Cele argued that suspension should not happen until the Inspector General’s report, which made these allegations, is given or submitted to him. This is a clear case of political interference and a direct attempt to frustrate the ends of justice.”
Lieutenant General Peter Jacobs and the five others who lost their court case to have their suspensions overturned will have to pay their legal costs of the trial.
Jacobs, Brig Albo Lombard, Col Isaac Walljee, Col Manogaran Gopal, Maj-Gen Maperemisa Lekalakala, and Col Bale Matamela were all suspended last year in December for allegedly using their secret service account to illegally obtain PPE.
The sis suspended officers refused to step aside, with full pay, while an investigation takes place and chose to take the matter to court.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Office of the Presidency says that it has been flooded with enquiries over Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko.
The Special Investigating Unit has been probing allegations of irregularities concerning the Gauteng Department of Health.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Presidency noted that the SIU recommended processes against the spokesperson:
"During its investigation, the SIU did however identify a concern regarding Ms Diko’s duty to disclose all her financial interests. On the basis of a referral from the SIU on her failure to disclose her financial interests, the Presidency has decided to initiate an internal disciplinary process against Ms Diko."
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