Cele supports 'hit squad' cops

2012-06-21 17:08

Johannesburg - Axed police chief Bheki Cele was at the bail hearing of 20 arrested Cato Manor policemen in Durban on Thursday to show moral support, his office said.

The 20 police officers appeared in the Durban Regional Court on charges of murder, assault, theft, and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

They were arrested on Wednesday in a joint operation by the Hawks and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

All 20 were members of the Durban Organised Crime Unit, which was shut down in February amid allegations that there was an alleged death squad in its midst.

Most of its members have since been incorporated into the Hawks.

In a statement, issued by Cele's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize, he said the charges were directly related to the task of crime fighting.

'Gallant crime-fighters'

They did not have licence to carry out their mandate by unlawful means, but because the charges directly related to their official duties and because of their distinguished service records, they were as deserving as other South Africans of the principle of "innocent until proven guilty".

"My only hope is that more South Africans will come out in support of initiatives such as the 'Durban Organised Crime Unit KZN' Facebook page that seeks to galvanise emotional and financial support for these gallant crime-fighters during their hour of need," said Cele.

Should they be found guilty, no one would argue that they be spared the full consequences of their actions.

Amnesty International welcomed the arrests as a breakthrough in fighting impunity for human rights violations.

"The unit's alleged victims included a taxi company owner, Bongani Mkhize, killed three months after he obtained a High Court order constraining the police from killing him; and a 15 year-old school boy, Kwazi Ndlovu, shot dead when heavily-armed members of the unit burst into his home," Amnesty International said.


Journalists, lawyers, human rights monitors and family members had battled for more than four years for the unit to account for its crimes.

"Until now, these efforts have been blocked by a climate of impunity fostered by public statements, in the context of the 'war against crime', by senior politicians and police officials," said Mary Rayner, Amnesty International's South Africa researcher.

"We are hopeful that these arrests are evidence of a new political will to take action against members of the police suspected of involvement in human rights violations."

Amnesty International was aware of threats and intimidation being used against the people investigating and exposing these crimes.

It urged the authorities to guarantee the safety of investigators and witnesses, and to ensure the impartiality and independence of the current investigations.

It also urged the government to publicly and unambiguously denounce acts of torture and extra-judicial executions as human rights violations which could not be justified under any circumstances.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-21 17:12

    Of course Cele supports them... They probably acted on his commands - 2012-06-21 18:11

      Who is Cele to offer "moral support." LOL

      ndabenhle.ngubane - 2012-06-29 10:23

      As long as that commmand is "shoot to kill" I will also support them. Hunting down ruthless crime bosses is not an easy job and the do need support.

  • brendon.lieberz - 2012-06-21 17:16

    How does an " Axed police chief" have a spokesperson......

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-21 17:20

      He's the one that says "ouch" every time the axe falls.

      Theo - 2012-06-21 17:24

      And it sounds of he still have an official office. Its like our friend Ju Ju.. Axed, fired, chased away but still around making useless speeches and believe they still somebody.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-06-21 17:30

      hahahahaha! These are my concerns too: 'his office': 'his spokeperson' next time will be ' his official car' or 'his official home' the 25 yr realationship is working wonders with the pres.

      rbphiri - 2012-06-21 17:35

      Perhaps they meant to say Cele axed spokesperson said lol

      mnathisto - 2012-06-21 17:47

      if he is havng a spokesperson....does it concern u in anyway

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-21 17:52

      Hahaha Brendon... A certain 'spear' organised one

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-21 18:00

      @Mnathisto... Yes it does concern me because\r\n he's 'axed'... Fired... Dismissed... So who the hell is paying for the 'spokesperson?

      BulletProof. - 2012-06-21 18:05

      He is like Juju is out but still pulling the ropes. Any way everyting is possible with this governement.

      Sharon - 2012-06-21 18:14

      @ mnathisto,i want my bmw badge back

  • Paulus - 2012-06-21 17:27

    Says everything about him, doesn't it.

  • Johan - 2012-06-21 17:34

    Getting support from Cele is akin to an admission of guilt. He is the last person that I would want to support me.

  • joeballito - 2012-06-21 17:36

    I was in favour of their prosecution, however if these leftist "journalist,lawyers and human rights activists" and the a/holes at amnesty international are for the prosecution,me I am suddenly going to support the defendants.There is more than meets the eye here.It has to do with promises made by certain people to others,going back 4 years.

  • rbphiri - 2012-06-21 17:40

    He went to the bail hearing of 20 arrested Cato Manor to show moral support. Moral and murderers in the same sentence??? How immoral. That's like putting politician and honesty in the same sentence.

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-21 17:55

      and to pay their bail

  • mnathisto - 2012-06-21 17:42

    u wil always b the best among the rest General...

      Sharon - 2012-06-21 18:15

      arnt you the guy that calls malema DR

      rbphiri - 2012-06-21 18:32

      Hmmmm I couldve sworn I heard a mumbling butthole hole trying to convey a baseless message. mnathisto you little stupid insufficient chromosome homosapien, go back to finger painting on caves, your midget brain is incapable of commenting anything sensible. Huston we have a problem; please dispatch a time travel machine to transport this little impotent caveman back to his primitive time.

  • Dave - 2012-06-21 17:43

    I don't give rats ass 'bout criminal's \human rights\. They don't give a rats ass 'bout their victim's human rights as well. How many people need be murdered and raped and robbed and injured....If a criminal decides out of own free will to become one - he deserves to die the death of one. I support all and any actions against criminals.....

      Irene - 2012-06-21 18:03


  • steven.may.9469 - 2012-06-21 17:46

    These guys should be freed and a movie made about their escapades! Would be a great SA movie! Sequel can be shot in Joburg.

      customdesign - 2012-06-21 17:50

      I bet a movie will be made

      ndabenhle.ngubane - 2012-06-29 10:26

      Thjat would be a great movie. An international success as well.

  • Zahir - 2012-06-21 17:51

    These guys were going after criminals who were wanted for serious crimes seems they were too succesful and ended by there seniors

  • Zahir - 2012-06-21 17:52

    These guys were going after criminals who were wanted for serious crimes seems they were too succesful there is no case

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-06-21 17:53

    can u imagine juju about cele '' he is a former police, he is our brother! He is a revolutionalist! He is a true role model! A servant of the struggle! And he remain resolute! Infact we are bringing him back after mangaung!

      Theo - 2012-06-21 18:02

      Hehehe ... Eish old Ju Ju will for ever be the big South African joker

  • Erna - 2012-06-21 17:58

    How can someone who has been fired have an 'office' and a 'spokes person'?

      Irene - 2012-06-21 18:04

      cANCer Geeeve heeem anudder chunz!

      ndabenhle.ngubane - 2012-06-29 10:28

      That should be easy if you have signed a multi-billion deal.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-06-21 18:03

    Bandits suport Bandits and of course it was aware of their actions and most probably he order them.What a bunch, controlling the crime in this country. God help us.

  • Carl - 2012-06-21 18:13

    Is there any Governance in SA?...just wondering.

  • mzwa.chiliza - 2012-06-21 18:18

    Remember the birtthday party of KZN provincial commissioner's husband that it's bill was paid by businessman Panday and the tender of accomodation of police members during the 2010 world cup?Major General Booysens tried 2 investigate those cases and what happened,all this Cator Manor his squad came out.the members are the victims here.are the hawks investigating those cases that Booysens was investigating?what happened 2 that investigation?the police is run by maffias together with the ruling party.what happened 2 Juju and what's happening 2 the Cator Manor cops.try and expose your senior,your ass will be seen by the whole cuontry,end of the story.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-06-21 18:19

    Cele is just a joke,instead of being busy appealling his case,he's wasting time attending hearings.

  • ambauli - 2012-06-21 18:19

    These kinds of investigations need to happen. The law is about the Protection Of The Innocent. As soon as it's more Punishment Of The Guilty we will get big brother, death squads and kangaroo courts. Who watches the watchers?

  • louise.minnie - 2012-06-21 18:20

    Good on Cele I like him! Never mind anything else he was a good policeman.

  • khethani.nkabinde1 - 2012-06-21 18:21

    Bheki Cele had to be in court to show support for his 'co-accused'...\r\n\r\nBheki Celes expulsion from his post was not a coincidence but a well calculated move to save the ANC from further scandal and embarrasment after the e-tolling system. \r\n\r\nBheki Cele and Major Booysen MUST be arrested and charged for murder commtted in the name of 'fighting crime'.

  • khethani.nkabinde1 - 2012-06-21 18:21

    Bheki Cele had to be in court to show support for his 'co-accused'...\r\n\r\nBheki Celes expulsion from his post was not a coincidence but a well calculated move to save the ANC from further scandal and embarrasment after the e-tolling system. \r\n\r\nBheki Cele and Major Booysen MUST be arrested and charged for murder commtted in the name of 'fighting crime'.

      bheki.khumalo.737 - 2012-06-21 18:48

      does tne humans right commission ever open their big mouths when police loose their lives protecting the citizens has any 1 ever taken the tym to look it up what kinds of cases these men were dealling wth violent crime wch means very dangerous criminals and now ppl want to support ol those S holes killed by th squad i dnt gv a rats hw thy died for the kinds of offenses thy were commitng thy deserve vrythng thy got and 100x more

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-21 19:22

    Cele sorted out the taxi violence in KZN - just wondering if he used this unit's services . .

  • Danie - 2012-06-21 21:21

    court order preventing the cops from killing you? How civilise could such a country be? Even then the cops ignore the court order.

  • melanie.mazoue - 2012-06-21 21:23

    One of these guys is my friend and he is the most decent upstanding citizen I know. He is constantly concerned with the safety of the innocent, and now he is been judged and embarressed and questioned! He was taken from his home in front of family, photographed and splashed all over the papers and internet. Humiliated after protecting us from top criminals in south africa.If any of these other guys are remotely like him, I pray for them that the real issues behind their arrests are uncovered.If there was ever a time that us south africans need to be protected these are the kind of guys you want on your side, trained professionals, and now they are trying to do away with them??

  • allen.bullard.9 - 2012-06-21 23:16

    These guys saw to it that hi jackings in KZN virtually ceased, ATM bombings ceased, many violent criminals and escapees were hunted down. Now everyone is up in arms because of the methods they were forced to use? Fight fire with fire. We cannot pussyfoot around with callous criminals who wouldn't hesitate to kill. They would walk all over your "human rights". so why should we bother about theirs? These guys are heroes!

  • Andre - 2012-06-22 07:17

    Cele should never have been fired. They should just have cancelled all the property rental deals. He was the best one to combat violent crime!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-22 10:52

      ndabenhle.ngubane - 2012-06-29 10:54

      Very informative.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-05 16:37

    I thought his last words were aaaahh as he fell back dead on his bed, this guy was supposed to be so close to death....

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