DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone has called on the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to clarify in which capacity he met with former President Jacob Zuma at Nkandla.

In a statement on the Politicsweb site, Mazzone said it is highly irregular and unprecedented for a Police Minister to have ‘tea parties’ with someone who ‘many believe should be locked up in a police holding cell for being in contempt of court’.

She said Cele supposedly met with Zuma in his capacity as an ANC NEC member.

‘However, it is no coincidence that the Minister was sent by the ANC to meet with Zuma given the fact that the matter of the former President’s contempt of the Constitutional Court relates very closely to Cele’s portfolio as Police Minister. The conflict of interest is undeniable and once again demonstrates the ANC’s disregard for the separation of party and state.’

Mazzone said the DA would lay an ethics complaint against Cele ‘as we believe that his meeting with Jacob Zuma is in breach of section 4 of Parliament’s Code of Conduct for members’.

She said if Cele did not meet with Zuma in his capacity as Police Minister, his costs for the visit – including a police convoy paid for by the taxpayer – must be reimbursed and the details of the meeting should be made public.

Full statement on the Politicsweb site