Bheki Cele says ‘illogical’ for him ‘to respond to assumptions’ made at Zondo commission

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The minister says it must be emphasised that the commission’s chair had called on the witness to give evidence based on facts and not assumptions.

Minister of Police General Bheki Cele has said it would be “illogical” for him “to respond to assumptions” in light of the allegations levelled against him at the commission of inquiry into state capture as he “believes there hasn’t been any evidence implicating him”.

Crime intelligence whistleblower Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo on Wednesday told the chairperson of the commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, that Cele had allegedly allowed the former head of the secret service account, former major general Solomon Lazarus, to make use of money from the slush fund to foot his legal bills at the time when the Hawks were investigating Lazarus.

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