Bheki Cele, national minister of police, told infamous lies in parliament when he said municipal law enforcement officers in Cape Town “are a group of criminals who must be jailed along with their leaders”.
NewsLiteSA previously reported on Cele’s response to Cape Town’s Law Enforcement.
That’s what the Cape Town metro said in a statement on Thursday.
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato says Cele has a misunderstanding of the procedures and the law in the country.
“Cele, through his false statements, showed his complete lack of understanding of the law,” says Plato.
“The Metro’s law enforcement officials are appointed in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Act and comply with all the requirements set out in the notice issued by the Justice Minister.
“Officers receive the necessary training and every certificate and piece of paperwork is in place and signed off by the relevant authorities, including the police. All city staff carrying firearms are fully qualified to do so. “
This comes after Cele said in parliament that law enforcement officers carry firearms without certificates.
“It’s just a group of criminals who are irresponsible,” Cele said. “These are the people who actually belong in prison with their leaders. They need to know there are laws they have to respect. ”
Plato says that instead of making such accusations, Cele should thank the Metro for the work he does on behalf of the police.
“It’s a shame that Cele refers to our law enforcement officers as ‘thugs’ while the Cape Town metro and the Western Cape government cut money from other parts of their budget to do Cele’s work – such as paying for the recruitment, training and equipment of hundreds of new law enforcement officers. “
Plato believes Cele should apologize to Cape Town residents for his “disgraceful comments”.
“I trust Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa will investigate Cele’s comments and take action. This is absolute nonsense.
“We have a good working relationship with the police in the Western Cape and I will not allow the disgraceful politics of the national minister to jeopardize this.”