Editor’s Note: Jonathan Swartz is a Briefly.co.za reader who contacted us through our Facebook page. He shared this open letter with us about a recent encounter he had with Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Mr Swartz wanted to hand over evidence of mass police wrongdoing in his local community, but claims Cele threatened to have him arrested for assault and ignored him because of his affiliation with the Breedevallei Onafhanlik Party (BO). Mr Swartz goes on to share his own experience of the liberation struggle.
Hi to whom it may concern.
I just want to share my own story.
The Minister of Police, Mr Bheki Cele was in Worcester on Thursday the 12 April 2018. I struggled my way towards him to confront him regarding crime in the Avian Park area. I’m affiliated with Breedevallei Onafhanlik Party (BO) a local political party which is at the forefront in Worcester when it comes to crime in the area.
We have overwhelming evidence of police wrongdoing in the local communities, these include: police vehicles which have been utilized as taxis, the biased nature of the police officers in that dead Zone area in Avian Park and also evidence and witnesses how officers have assaulted only one side of the two gangs who hold the community hostage.
There so much to say, but you know the Police Minister is so arrogant.
First I approached him, but I never touched him, he said to me: "Don't touch me, I will have you arrested for assault ". I said to him I never touched you and if I did touch you, I never meant to assault you.
I told him: “Don't misuse the powers that are vested in you. I have serious criminal matters which I want to convey to you and bring to your attention, but you don’t want to listen.
We as the BO Party want to support the ANC nationally, but as a party, we are going to revisit our decision. Mr Cele my name is Jonathan Swartz, an inhabitant of Worcester.
I’m a struggle icon with ANC credentials who was expelled from school in my matric year, I was detained under section 29, and I was tortured with an animal shock device on my testicles tongue and other body parts while I was sitting in a helicopter position with a wet goyang bag over my head in a remote piece of land.
I was left for dead for the liberation of our beloved country. All these things happened to me at a tender age of 17. Where were you, Mr Cele? So please don't think that only black people were the ones that suffered for liberation.
You must come to Worcester to deal with these matters of crime because that's what you are being paid for.
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