Cele doesn’t sweat 2010

2010-04-18 11:15

Does the death of AWB leader ­Eugene Terre’Blanche pose a threat to South Africa hosting a successful World Cup?

What has not been linked to 2010? If it rains is 2010 safe, if it is too hot is 2010 safe? Everything has been linked to 2010. It did not start with Terre’Blanche. It started with Kabinda in Angola.

The death of Terre’Blanche, up to this point, has no political connotations. We are investigating the crime and we are convinced that we are dealing with a criminal ­situation.

We got the World Cup with Fifa understanding that there was crime in South Africa but one thing that encouraged them to give us the World Cup is the way we have handled our crime.

For the last seven years we are cutting down the killings in South Africa. We are investigating the death of Terre’Blanche as we are investigating all other murders and the World Cup has got nothing to do with that.

Has the case been taken over by the Hawks?

The Hawks have said no. This case happened on a Saturday evening. Sunday morning the minister and myself were there.

We were on the scene for almost 12 hours. The scene by then was not cleared. We could not enter the scene because the police were still working.

We were briefed with the minister. We were very happy about the progress made on that Sunday.

This question of the sex issue was there the first day because we were told that his pants were down to his knees and were wet with ­semen.

We were told that on that particular day. But the question of a condom present we don’t know about that until this day.

Even in the subsequent briefing on Friday, when we went for the funeral, I was briefed on the progress made. This condom issue wasn’t there.

I then don’t know about the ­investigation of the Hawks.

I don’t know why it would have been investigated by the Hawks ­because the Hawks deal with ­serious stuff.

You are now nine months into office. You have said you want to be the best of the best. How far are you with that?

This is a huge organisation. We are almost 190?000 members. In 2012 the president wants us to be about 200?000. We are a very big organisation with pockets of disaster within it and pockets of excellence. You need to bring it to some kind of acceptable level.

There are things that have taken us forward. We have got a unit called a task force. This unit is rated among the top three in the world in terms of responding to any eventuality, either on water, on land or in the air. This is not an exaggeration. It is a group of small people that are highly trained.

Below them there is a unit called the national intervention unit. It deals with medium to high-risk ­situations.

We created a unit called the technical response team to bridge the gap between province and stations.

In KwaZulu-Natal we recruited 240 people but only 49 made it. In the Western Cape we recruited 183 and only 41 passed.

You have not heard very much about bank robberies, cash heists and mall robberies of late. In July (2009), when we came here, they had seven mall robberies in seven days. We have worked on them. And the equipment that we bought for 2010 will help us.

One thing that we need to improve on is crowd control. We can’t see people shooting at running people like during the past years.

We have also improved on intelligence gathering. Every successful syndicate we crack there is a Nigerian. So Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been approached by the ­Nigerian government which says we are becoming too easy about putting Nigerians on the spot. But every syndicate we crack, they are there, especially drug syndicates.

We are going big on technology. Where we are lacking is in skills, especially detectives and statement taking. We want about 350 legally trained people to join the police to do just that.

The wellness of the police is also important. When you meet a police officer, your eyes must tell you that you are meeting a police officer and that must pump up the confidence in you.

I always have a picture of two police officers I met in Durban. They were standing a metre from each other but their stomachs were kissing. A young boy told them: angeke ung’ bambe mina (you’ll never catch me). They must have a healthy life.

We want to take care of the orphans of police officers who have died on duty.

You say the police officers are happy with the militarisation of police ranks but Popcru (Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union) is not.

I don’t want to talk about that because Popcru has taken us to court. I sustain (stand by) my statement that the police are very happy with the ranks. Maybe you will meet some of them in the streets and ask how they feel about it. Popcru represents some police officers and we lead all the police. I have heard ­police say thank you very much.

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