- Minister of Police Bheki Cele visited Korsten, Gqeberha, on Thursday after violence erupted in the area
- Cele made note of all the issues that occurred from arson to brandishing of firearms and assured residents that justice will be served
- The Minister reiterated that police will be taking action on the violence and that more members will be deployed in the area to help end the violence
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GQEBERHA - Minister of Police Bheki Cele stated that more officers will be deployed in Gqeberha in an attempt to put an end to the violence in the Korsten area. Cele was visiting the area on Thursday when he revealed that SAPS would also be clamping down on illegal firearms.
The above follows news that numerous shots were fired during the altercation which sparked on Wednesday, 13 October. The Minister reassured residents that police would be flooding the area to search for anything illegal after he received information that Durban street is allegedly known for illegal activities.
Cele reiterated that police will take action on the intense situation and will stop any violation of laws.
According to IOL, Cele said that the law was broken in Korsten. He explained that he was informed of arson, destruction of property and guns being brandished and fired. He said police will be looking for the people involved in the crimes, property destruction and arson.
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A report by ECR Newswatch revealed that Cele confirmed SAPS will be looking for the guns that were shot adding that all citizens should know the Firearms Act which stipulates that no one is allowed to publicly display their firearms.
South Africans share their opinions about Cele's Gqeberha visit
"No wonder Bheki Cele was pushing for this gun amnesty. The natives are vulnerable in times of need."
"Too late Bheki Cele."
"'Publicity Stunt' is the middle name for Bheki Cele."
12 Taxis allegedly torched in Gqeberha amid clashes, SA reacts to violent scenes
Previously, Briefly News reported that the number of taxis believed to have been torched amid violent confrontations between taxi operators and the Somali community in Gqeberha is 12.
SABC News reported that two cars and a shop were also caught in the crosshairs in the Korsten area after allegedly being set alight on Wednesday, 13 October. Reports on the ground have told that the supposed clashes occurred over a road rage incident after a minor collision between a taxi and a private vehicle driven by a foreign national.
Meanwhile, tongues wagged on social media as South Africans attempted to make sense of the scenes that were playing out.