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Thu Oct 23 10:42:40 SAST 2014

ANC home region dumps Cele

SIBONGAKONKE SHOBA | 19 November, 2012 00:04
Bheki Cele.
Image by: PEGGY NKOMO

Former national police commissioner Bheki Cele has been ditched by his own region after speculation that he was campaigning against President Jacob Zuma.

Cele's home region of eThekwini did not nominate him to serve on the ANC's national executive committee at its regional general council meeting at the weekend.

According to party insiders, Cele's name did not come up during the nomination of additional NEC members during a closed session in Durban.

"No one mentioned his name. He is no longer popular because there is evidence that he is campaigning against Zuma. He has been campaigning against the president in his branch in Lamontville," said a leader who asked not to be named.

Cele has publicly denied campaigning to remove Zuma.

Yesterday, Cele said he had no problem with the region' s decision.

"That's fine. If they didn't [nominate me] it's their right. What must I do?" he asked.

Following Cele's dismissal as police chief there was talk that KwaZulu-Natal would lobby other provinces to accommodate him on the NEC. But after the region he once led as chairman dropped him, other regions in the province are expected to follow suit.

Bheki Ntshangase, eThekwini regional secretary, denied there werediscussions to accommodate Cele.

"eThekwini branches have never discussed [nominating Cele]."

However, he did not deny that Cele's omission could be linked to rumours that he was opposed to Zuma. He said the list eThekwini proposed was not final as the region was open to persuasion.

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