'It is a part of their plan to eliminate police officers' - Bheki Cele speaks at cop's funeral

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Police Minister Bheki Cele was speaking at Constable Molwantwa George Molefi's funeral.(File Photo: @GovernmentZA/Twitter)
Police Minister Bheki Cele was speaking at Constable Molwantwa George Molefi's funeral.(File Photo: @GovernmentZA/Twitter)
  • Police Minister Bheki Cele says police are in a war with criminals.
  • He was addressing mourners at the funeral of Constable Molwantwa Molefi, who was killed in a shootout between robbers and police.
  • The minister asked senior managers to investigate how criminals get hold of police-issued R5 rifles.

Police Minister Bheki Cele questioned how police-issued rifles ended up at the safehouse of criminals who killed a police officer.

He was speaking in Sebokeng on Saturday at the funeral of Constable Molwantwa George Molefi, who was killed during a shootout between police and suspected cash-in-transit robbers near Carnival Mall in Brakpan last week. 

Cele said police were at war with criminals who were vicious in their attacks.

"So, do not come and blame me, saying police are killing people. The criminals have declared war against us. We found the war on the way...and when you come across war, you do not stop and ask what happened because they'll will beat you up. You fight and then ask questions when the dust has settled...it is a part of their plan to eliminate police officers," he said.

Cele said police managers should find out how criminals get hold of R5 rifles when they are only issued to police officers.

"R5s belong to the police. I want to know...how do criminals get hold of R5s? Those are police tools for their work. It must be established... how criminals get tools of our trade. And, should we find out that there are those among ourselves who collaborate with criminals, they must stand up and join criminals. They must choose a side."

Molefi was part of a multi-disciplinary team of officers who confronted a group of suspects at a safe house in Dalpark, Brakpan, who were allegedly conspiring to commit a cash-in-transit robbery.

Two suspects were shot dead, some of them fled and 19 suspected robbers were arrested.

Police confiscated three R5 rifles, four AK47s, two pistols, explosives and several vehicles.

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
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, I believed it was authentic
7% - 271 votes
Yes, I didn't want to spend that much money on the original item
19% - 773 votes
No, I always shop at reputable stores
14% - 540 votes
No, I don't wear designer clothing
60% - 2389 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.95
-1.3%
Rand - Pound
20.43
-0.2%
Rand - Euro
17.53
-0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.85
-0.1%
Rand - Yen
0.14
-0.3%
Gold
1,750.53
0.0%
Silver
22.43
0.0%
Palladium
1,974.50
0.0%
Platinum
987.00
0.0%
Brent Crude
78.09
+1.1%
Top 40
57,643
0.0%
All Share
64,049
0.0%
Resource 10
57,254
0.0%
Industrial 25
82,879
0.0%
Financial 15
14,316
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE