No peace for criminals: Bheki Cele

By Drum Digital
04 November 2014

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bheki Cele on Tuesday encouraged people to deprive criminals of space and time to thrive.

"There must be no peace for criminals, no matter where they are," the former national police commissioner told residents of Vosloorus, on the East Rand, at a meeting to discuss crime.

"We must be organised, resourced and squeeze the space."

Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was killed in the area last Sunday, while visiting his singer and actress girlfriend Kelly Khumalo. Two people allegedly entered the house, demanded cellphones, and shot Meyiwa before fleeing. Meyiwa was buried in Durban over the weekend.

Cele said communities were the only structures that could end the scourge of crime.

"Criminals should fear communities. We cannot have cats fearing mice. Criminals are mice and the communities are the cats," he said.

Cele called for a return of street committees and community policing forums.


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