Cele issues warning to criminals

2018-09-26 06:01
At the Galeshewe Stadium are from the left Sylvia Lucas (Northern Cape premier), Bheki Cele (minister of police), Gen. Khehla Sitole (national police commissioner), Lt Gen. Franscinah Vuma (president of the Police Music and Cultural Association) and Lt Gen. Risimati Shivuri (Northern Cape police commissioner). Insert: Cele addressing the crowd on Thursday (20/09). Photos: Boipelo Mere

At the Galeshewe Stadium are from the left Sylvia Lucas (Northern Cape premier), Bheki Cele (minister of police), Gen. Khehla Sitole (national police commissioner), Lt Gen. Franscinah Vuma (president of the Police Music and Cultural Association) and Lt Gen. Risimati Shivuri (Northern Cape police commissioner). Insert: Cele addressing the crowd on Thursday (20/09). Photos: Boipelo Mere

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“Never again will we give such bad crime stats in South Africa. This should be the worst and from here we must see a new dawn. We can’t live in a country where 57 people die everyday.”

This is a promise that Bheki Cele, the Minister of Police, intends to keep to get the country free of crime.

He expressed his shock over the recently released crime statistics which he labelled as ugly.

Cele issued a stern warning to criminals not to expect the police to use broom sticks and yellow dusters to fight crime on the streets.

He was speaking at the 26th annual Police Music and Cultural Association Unity Festival at the Galeshewe Stadium on Thursday (20/08).

“Don’t think that you are dealing with inhuman humans when it comes to us, but don’t start with us, ungasqali!

“We will only treat you as a human if you behave like a human. If you behave like an animal, we will treat you like an animal.”

He said the police are given tools that they need to use although they have to use it decisively and better.

Lashing out against public remarks that the police are being militarised, the minister posed the question whether criminals have ever used broom sticks or feather dusters during cash heists.

“Remember that we are there to serve and protect, to use all basic tools that have been given to make sure that South Africans feel safe.”

“Don’t lead us into temptation.

“We are not policing under the New Testament – that if you hit this cheek I’ll turn the other one. Never. We police under the Old Testament. You take my eye, I’ll take yours.”

The minister proceeded to warn police officers against getting involved in criminal activities.

He admitted to signing reports of police officers who were arrested on a monthly basis, including for rape.

“You don’t know how painful it is to get a report that we have arrested a police officer.”

Cele promised to return to the Northern Cape to clamp down on illegal shebeens that lead to the high rate of assault against women.

He said illegal shebeens must be shut down before the December holidays.

He emphasised that the event is aimed at raising morale and ensuring that all South Africans are safe.

It is also to show communities that police are human.

“Laugh with us, cry with us, walk with us, don’t hate us,” Cele said.

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