Cele tells police to serve and protect

2010-06-11 09:20

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele has asked officers

gathered at Soccer City in Johannesburg for the World Cup opening match to make

South Africa proud.

Cele told more than 600 police officers outside the stadium that it

was their job to serve and protect all South Africans and their visitors over

the month-long soccer tournament.

“Today is finally the realisation of the South African dream,” he


“Our safety is in your hands. Please serve and protect.”

Cele congratulated police for yesterday’s arrest of six people who

allegedly robbed a Chilean tourist in Mpumalanga.

He also praised them for the arrest of four men involved in the

robbery of three journalists in Magaliesburg earlier this week.

Cele reminded the officers that the world was watching.

He also sent a stern warning to criminals attempting to sabotage

South Africa during the World Cup.

“People think they can mess up our good name as South Africans. We

say to them, don’t say you were not warned.”

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