Cele warns about bomb scares

2011-06-21 12:34

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele sent out a warning to people phoning in hoax bomb scares and using illegal explosives today.

“Any individual who maliciously creates a bomb scare will be prosecuted; no person is above the law, including police officers,” Cele said in the statement.

Colonel Tummi Shai added police management was “extremely concerned about the illegal use of explosives in the public domain”.

She said this also gave rise to a number of hoax bomb scares which not only traumatised people, but also led to a waste of time and resources by police.

However, she gave the assurance that police would continue to respond to call-outs to ensure public safety. The would, however, also investigate hoax calls in order to ensure offenders were caught.

“Recently, numerous reports have highlighted the frequency of hoax bomb scares and the utilisation of illegal explosives, including the notorious ATM bombings in public places.

“These illegal acts are putting the lives of law abiding citizens in danger and we must work together to rid our society of illegal explosives and those who use them in the commission of crimes.”

She said police were also at risk when responding to ATM bombings as offenders were usually heavily armed.

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