MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Muhammed Zahid Jadwat
Comments: 0
Article views: 975
Latest Badges:

View all Muhammed Zahid Jadwat's badges.

An open letter to Police Minister Cele

13 March 2018, 14:30

It is with a great sense of insecurity that I find myself writing to you on behalf of my fellow South Africans, local and abroad, on this day which marks two weeks since your appointment as the Minister of Police in President Ramaphosa's new-dawn cabinet.

Indeed, your appointment blew a breeze of hope for a safer country, and we welcomed it with great relief.

We believe that, with your previous experience in this strategic post, you are more than the right man to do the job.

I would like to present to you the grievances of more than 50 million people who lived under threat and were surrounded by a constant feeling of danger; with full confidence that you will address them with dedication and vigour in due coarse.

Policing is not meant to be a job, it is a duty

Too sad is it to note that, unfortunately, most members of the SAPS may be joining the force in order to earn an income, thereby relegating and neglecting their important duty, viz protecting the people.

Please get rid of all such people and replace them with people who are more competent and dedicated.

Police vehicles are NOT officers' private vehicles

They say everything comes with a price, and we believe that Police vehicles are no exception. It is really frustrating to see that Police employees abuse their access to Police vehicles by using for their personal purposes, such as to go shopping, taking family out, running errands et cetera.

The direct result of this is that many do not get a swift response at the time of a crime being perpetrated against them when they call for help only to hear 'Sorry ma'am/sir, we do not have a vehicle to despatch'. 

Poor management

It is a sad reality that most cases remain unsolved for years with absolutely no closure. This may mainly be due to mismanagement by officers who very often lose or misplace important documents. Also note that there is little to no care about whether or not a case is solved as long as officers get paid.

Civilians are often 'used to get Police work done'

I've personally experienced this and it does not stay in the house of the Police, it is accross all government institutions.
When opening a case, victims are sent to collect and drop-off documents while officers chit-chat and laugh over a snack (some times even proper meals) during working hours.

Police are often the biggest thieves

You may say that I am being stereotypical in this regard, but the harsh fact is that it is true and that innocent dedicated SAPS staff are overshadowed by the rotten ones. 

Civilians are increasingly falling prey to bogus Police, and more especially real officers themselves who take advantage of the civilians at their mercy. 


Yes, one word can also be a grievance and there is no word more suitable for this one other than 'bribery'.

Officers blatantly take advantage of the situation when guilty perpetrators of criminal offences are pushed into the corner. They must either pay, or go behind those steel and metal bars. 

It is supposed to be a no-choice fate, but now these people have two options, thanks to a greedy bunch of officers trying to secure money for the next snack or party.

Spike in abduction cases

Anybody can go on and on writing chapters of cases where businessmen are abducted and held by criminals for ridiculous amounts of ransom. 

This is a real-life 'do-or-die' situation that looks like it was pulled straight from a movie scene.

The list just goes on and on, activists calls and families' loud cries fall on deaf ears. The demands just get bigger while nothing is known about what actually happens to the victims during their disappearances. 

Do we really have this much time to waste?

And last of all is our call for visible policing in all areas, affluent or shabby.

It is obvious that crime is prevalent where there is a lack of policing. The best way to eradicate crime from our communities is visible policing by a dedicated team.

Unfortunately, civilians have had to tackle crime themselves if they want to make their communities safer at the expense of their own time, effort, resources and risk.

As I wish to end this letter, I call upon you to please show total commitment from your side and from the side of your team. 

I can go on writing paragraphs and books on this topic with no end, but theirs a world of duties facing myself and my fellow South Africans. We've got to ensure that our safety is secured using private security companies which we need to work to pay for. 

Let this country, our South Africa, be an intolerant place to criminals... a place which none of them would risk roaming. 

Let's reduce crime to create a more warm society.

Let's see our dedicated Police officers securing our safety in their numbers.

Let's be proud of our Police.

Let's see a great reduction in crime stats.

Let's destroy crime once and for all.

I hold my breath until I can freely roam South Africa unarmed at 02:30 in the morning.

Good luck, minister.

A citizen currently feeling insecure.

Follow Zahid Jadwat on Twitter: @zahidjadwat

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Phillip Dampier
Misstating American public broadc...

The SABC's larger problem is that there is significant evidence the government does exercise control over the SABC's policies and programming for the benefit of the government in power.  Read more...

0 comments 622 views
Submitted by
Fuel War
Would you work from home for 30 d...

The war of attrition against fuel price corruption has begun. A new initiative has been launched to combat the rampant corruption in the fuel price. Read more...

0 comments 813 views
Submitted by
Sally Ann Martin
The damage narcissists inflict

In an ideal world, we could round up the narcissists of the world, put them in front of a large pool of water and rejoice as they wither away. Read more...

0 comments 585 views
Submitted by
Reid Abrahams
Letter to the editor: Water repor...

The lesson is clear - give people the slightest window of opportunity and you open the flood gates, as it were. Again, that’s just human nature.  Read more...

0 comments 684 views
Submitted by
Wilfred Alcock
Amaberethe is not the solution

As a country we must earnestly embark on programmes at improving the well-being of every individual in society so they can reach their full potential. Read more...

0 comments 177 views
Submitted by
Sally Ann Martin
Is it an 'ism' or is it art?

While we might agree that there are certain common themes that may be generally found to be beautiful, what is beautiful is indeed a question which can realistically only be answered by the individual based on their own perceptions.  Read more...

0 comments 232 views


Press Code We subscribe to the Press Code.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2018 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.