AS IT HAPPENED: 'Cele will be back in Hermanus' - police minister's office

2018-07-20 16:00

After beating a hasty retreat out of Hermanus in the midst of ongoing protests in the area, Police Minister Bheki Cele's spokesperson has said Cele will return again to further engage with the community.

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20 Jul 17:47
Police Minister Bheki Cele issued a stern instruction to police in Hermanus on Friday to find the gun that was still missing after a serious attack on an officer in Zwelihle.

20 Jul 17:07

20 Jul 15:50

Siyabulela Nothwala told Police Minister Bheki Cele during an emergency side meeting that people say all of the problems are rooted in unequal service delivery between black and white residents of Hermanus.

The community feels discarded and so organised themselves to address this.

He says they are the ones who recovered the missing firearms and phoned the police to say they had found them.

Cele said he would clear his diary and return to Hermanus on Tuesday. He wants people to prepare an agenda for him. He will not back down on keeping the police there though, he said. 

20 Jul 15:43

20 Jul 15:42

According to News24 reporter on the scene Jenni Evans, Zwelihle Community Renewal member Sicelo Gxamesi and their spokesperson Theron Mqhu are among the 12 people arrested.

20 Jul 15:37

WATCH: Bheki Cele calls for unity following protests in Hermanus

20 Jul 15:31

Police Minister Bheki Cele's spokesperson Reneilwe Serero told News24 that the minister will return on Tuesday to deliberate further with the community on various issues.

20 Jul 14:54

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20 Jul 14:01
A group started a walk out during #BhekiCele's speech in #Zwelihle and about 40 public order police immediately created barrier with shields. Cele now in angry side discussion with people who said he went to speak to everybody else first. Police band starts Pata Pata

20 Jul 13:48

20 Jul 13:39

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20 Jul 13:07

Police Minister #BhekiCele says doors are going to be kicked down to find a missing gun in #Zwelihle so people better bring it back to him.

Also going to open police base camp in Zwelihle, #Hermanus. Says 12 arrested last night.

He gets standing ovation

20 Jul 13:01

20 Jul 13:01

Councillor Lindiwe Ntsakho says land activist Gcobani Ndzongana is being treated as though he is guilty.

Says that is not so until a court proves it.

Ndzongana appeared in court today for alleged malicious damage and incitement

20 Jul 12:53
#Overstrand deputy mayor Archie Klaas said the problems in #Zwelihle will not go away until the question of backyarders is properly resolved. Says people will be moving on to Schulphoek next month but beneficiaries must be informed of how it will work

20 Jul 12:49
A #Hermanus business grouping has offered to pay people for work days missed due to #Zwelihle unrest, help repair and replace damaged property, and organise counselling for #Zwelihle residents

20 Jul 12:44

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20 Jul 12:13

Police Minister #BhekiCele is leading a meeting at the Overstrand Municipality. Initially they wanted the media out but changed their mind.

Premier Helen Zille is also here to discuss #Zwelihle unrest in #Hermanus. Police pastor starts with prayer for unity and peace

20 Jul 12:10
About 27.2% of the Hermanus is employed, 28.8% defined as unemployed; 42.4% defined as "not applicable" in terms of employment

20 Jul 12:09
The Hermanus population numbers about 49 000

20 Jul 12:05
Police Minister Bheki Cele ordered police officers in #Hermanus, who are also drawn from other stations, to find the gun that is still missing after an attack on a policeman last night in #Zwelihle. He wants it by the time he leaves today

20 Jul 11:41

20 Jul 11:40

Arrested Zwelihle protest leader is a correctional services officer, court hears

Zwelihle Renewal leader Gcobani Ndzongana is an officer at the Department of Correctional Services, the Strand Magistrate's Court heard

20 Jul 11:28

20 Jul 11:06
There's also a convoy of function necessities ahead of Police Minister Bheki Cele's arrival in #Zwelihle in #Hermanus, tent hire etc. They are waiting for two Nyalas to come back from a recce before they proceed

20 Jul 11:06

20 Jul 11:02
More than 5 000 learners have not returned to school since the protests began

20 Jul 10:30

20 Jul 10:26

Man arrested in Hermanus after being found with police shotgun

A 32-year-old man was arrested after he was found in possession of a South African Police Service shotgun and ammunition in Zwelihle, Hermanus.

20 Jul 10:18

20 Jul 10:04
Learners have missed school because of the protests in Zwelihle

20 Jul 10:03
Ndzongana's lawyer Thulasizwe Twala explained that his client is a correctional services officer. He needs to be placed in a single cell at Pollsmoor for his safety.

20 Jul 09:48

The state has organised with Pollsmoor prison's Brigadier Cele to make arrangements to keep the accused in a single cell.

He will also be transported separately to court.

Ndzongana's bail hearing has been set for July 27.

20 Jul 09:42

People of Zwelilhle have lost confidence in councillors. And tell people you [are] not the resident of Zwelilhle and you never stayed here in Hermanus.

You don't have first hand experience of life in Zwelihle. So you don't know what you talking about. Please respect us

20 Jul 09:40

The situation in Zwelihle, Hermanus reached a volatile point last night when one of our members was attacked and severely assaulted by protestors.

The member was robbed of his 9mm firearm and shotgun during the attack. He was admitted to hospital where he is being treated. Operations to quell the violence in the area were conducted which led to the arrest of a 32 year old suspect who was caught in possession of the SAPS shotgun and ammunition.

Four other suspects were arrested on charges of public violence. Our deployments will remain on high alert in the area to maintain law and order. The suspects are due in court once they have been charged.

- Police Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut

20 Jul 09:39
Ndzongana's family refuse to speak to the media and threaten to sue journalists if they continue to cover the case.

20 Jul 09:35
No protest action so far. The R43 is open and access roads to Zwelihle expected to be cleared

20 Jul 09:32

Ndzongana's lawyer requested that his client be placed in a single cell for his own safety.

Court is adjourned to allow for the lawyer to negotiate with prison management.

20 Jul 09:30

Policeman severely assaulted, robbed in volatile Hermanus

A member of the Public Order Policing Unit was attacked on Thursday night as the protest situation in Zwelihle, Hermanus, became volatile, Western Cape police said.

20 Jul 09:30

Police deny blocking Zwelihle residents' access to Hermanus CBD

Police have denied cordoning off Zwelihle to control black residents' access to the Hermanus CBD.

20 Jul 09:30

20 Jul 09:30

20 Jul 09:30

Hermanus unrest: Residents armed with rocks and corrugated iron take on police

Thousands of residents, armed with rocks and sheets of corrugated iron, took to the streets of Zwelihle, Hermanus

20 Jul 09:30

Zwelihle residents struggle to access emergency services during Hermanus protests

Some Zwelihle residents claim they have not been able to access police and medical assistance since violent protests flared up in the Hermanus community

20 Jul 09:30

'We are being held hostage' - Zwelihle residents as cops block them from entering Hermanus

Police and other law enforcement officials were controlling access out of Zwelihle in Hermanus on Thursday.

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