Join the conversation: Minister Bheki Cele on crime, farm murders and gang violence

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says farm murders are treated as a serious crime and that the police are prioritising it as one of the fear crimes in South Africa.

The minister was in conversation with News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson on Friday morning after a week of high drama in Senekal in the Free State after the murder of young farm manager, Brendin Horner.

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Cele said he didn't have words to express his feelings about the murder of a young man who was passionate about contributing to a better South Africa.

He expressed his disappointment that organised agriculture had not denounced the violence that erupted outside the Magistrate's Court in Senekal, where the murder accused appeared this week.  

Cele also spoke about the murder of senior Cape Town detective, Charl Kinnear, and assured that it did not mean the fight against crime was lost.

"It's a question of communities unshackling themselves from the claws of gangsters," he said.

What are your thoughts on the minister's comments? Was there anything that stood out for you? What did you want to hear him say that he didn't? Tell us what you think in the comments section of this article.

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