‘Kill James Bond crooks’

2010-12-23 00:00

HARD-CORE criminals such as murderers must be shot and killed if they try to act like the fictional secret agent James Bond instead of handing themselves over to the police.

Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele delivered this message to more than 10 000 people who crowded into a large white marquee in Mariannhill outside Durban yesterday afternoon.

He said this a few hours after police shot and killed four suspects in Kranskop after a robbery in Greytown.

Cele is well known for encouraging his police officers not to hesitate to kill in order to defend themselves from criminals. When asked how many suspects had been killed during shootouts with police this year, he said “too many, I can’t even count them all”.

The meeting addressed the problem of serious crime in Pinetown, following the murder of 18 people in three families in separate incidents in the Nshongweni, Etshelimnyama and Mpola areas. The marquee will also be used for the funeral service of Mpola victims today.

Cele shared the podium with his boss, police minister Nathi Mthethwa; KwaZulu-Natal premier Dr Zweli Mkhize; and acting MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Sibongiseni Dlomo; among others.

Dressed in the camouflage uniform of the elite Task Force, Cele commended Thulani Ndlovu, the only surviving suspect in the Ntshongweni Dam massacre, for “doing himself a favour” by handing himself to the police in Pietermaritzburg.

“Today four men went to rob a business in Greytown and on their way back they met police in Kranskop and they attempted to put up a fight. Guess what? All four of them were killed.

“Go and tell all criminals that if want to emulate James Bond they are welcome because we know how to fight. Tell them to hand themselves over otherwise bayofica inyoka inyoka iphunga umhluzi — they will severely be dealt with,” said Cele.

People who had travelled from almost all corners of the province were ululating and clapping in response to Cele’s threats against criminals.

Mkhize said the police’s strong actions against criminals have restored their reputation.

“It must be clear that we will never tolerate crime. All those who sell whoonga must know that we are coming after them,” he said.

Whoonga is an illegal drug made up of ARVs, — reportedly taken from HIV/Aids sufferers — rat poison and dagga. Mthethwa has linked it to serious crimes.

“We have to call a meeting in greater Mariannhill area to find ways of dealing with whoonga. We can use prayer to deal with criminals. But if they don’t hand themselves over to the police, and instead continue to terrorise people we will use force,” he said.


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