“Anywhere else, you are innocent until proven guilty. With the public protector, you are guilty until you can prove your innocence,” Cele told the Sunday Independent.
He said he had asked for evidence to support claims of maladministration in the draft report.
“They didn’t provide anything”.
According to the Mail & Guardian on Friday, a leaked Public Protector’s letter showed Cele failed to stop fruitless and wasteful expenditure at Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal — the multi-million rand homestead of President Jacob Zuma.
Protector Thuli Madonsela reportedly wrote to Cele that police and the departments of public works and defence had not followed proper processes.
She provisionally found that Cele, as the police’s accounting officer during the period under investigation, had failed to stop excessive spending.
In the City Press newspaper on Sunday, Cele also denied that he had tried to delay the final report’s release date — expected to be announced after February 9.
“There was no delaying from Cele’s side,” the former police commissioner said referring to himself.
Meanwhile Cele told the City Press on Sunday that we would be willing to do any job for the ANC after the elections.
“I’m unemployed now but the membership of the ANC has employed me for after the elections… I will do whatever they expect of me.”