Cele vows to hunt down and arrest Khayelitsha cop killers

Police minister Bheki Cele in Khayelitsha. (Tammy Petersen, News24)
Police minister Bheki Cele in Khayelitsha. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Amid cries of "Mr Shoot to kill", Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday vowed to hunt down six people who were behind the recent murder of a Khayelitsha constable, who was ambushed while on duty.

Cele visited the local police station and crime scene in Site C before he visited the colleagues and Mfuleni home of the slain policeman, Ncedo Katoyi.

The minister is often referred to as "Mr Shoot to kill" for calling on police to "shoot to kill" in 2009 - comments he denied making.

Speaking outside the constable's home, he said: "The message is that, as the police, we don't have to only come here and mourn. You must come with the answers. [Tell them] what happened, find the perpetrators and the family will feel better that they know."

READ: Khayelitsha cop killed by gang of 6

Katoyi was shot and killed on Monday in Dada Street, Site C after he and a colleague responded to a call.

The vehicle had been parked next to the busy road, adjacent to a local shopping centre and the officers had apparently walked to the crime scene.

Police said a gang of six opened fire when the officers returned to the vehicle. Katoyi's gun was stolen.

The suspects escaped after the constable's partner fired back and gave chase.

The Hawks are investigating the murder and on Thursday confirmed that no arrests have been made.

Cele said the incident was the first incident that involved the killing of an officer on duty in a "long time".

Earlier, he walked the streets of Khayelitsha, where he listened to locals' complaints about policing.

He said it was pointed out to him that there were 360-degree CCTV cameras in the area, but the cameras have been out of order for the past eight years.

He said the environmental design of Khayelitsha also had to be assessed for vehicular and pedestrian access, as well as proper lighting.

Resolving this and making the area safer was an issue for all tiers of government to address, he said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
36% - 1853 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
27% - 1396 votes
No, I don't think they need it
37% - 1877 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
14.48
(+0.40)
ZAR/GBP
20.49
(+0.21)
ZAR/EUR
17.63
(+0.22)
ZAR/AUD
11.54
(-0.36)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(+0.87)
Gold
1801.45
(-0.23)
Silver
27.85
(+0.78)
Platinum
1265.06
(+1.48)
Brent Crude
64.18
(+0.19)
Palladium
2435.99
(+4.70)
All Share
66200.76
(+0.42)
Top 40
60747.41
(+0.42)
Financial 15
12354.99
(+0.99)
Industrial 25
86550.38
(-0.10)
Resource 10
66735.02
(+0.89)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo