- Bheki Cele is the South African police minister
- He launched “Operaton Thunder” today
- He announced that he was declaring war on the criminal in the Cape Flats
In a move to weed out the criminal element in the Mitchells Plain area, Police Minister Bheki Cele today launched “Operation Thunder”.
This is a 90 day intense police presence and focus on the Cape Flats area.
He announced that the extra police deployed to the area would “squeeze” out any bad elements.
His aim is to normalise the area again.
The minister added that “Cape Town is a tourist centre, but we are not tourists, we are here to work.”
Roadblocks will also be set up during this period and that motorists were thus warned to expect them at any stage, day or night.
When faced with criminals, he instructed his forces to “squeeze them and squeeze them hard” and he encouraged residents to share important information to assist the police in “taking down the big bosses”.
He added that residents found to be harbouring criminals, would be arrested and given “free room and board”
Commuters at the Khayalitsha train station asked the minister to urge government to install better lighting in the dangerous places.
Briefly.co.za recently featured an article called What an inspiration: from the streets of Mitchells Plain to a teacher’s degree. This article gives insight into a gem that has come from the Mitchells Plain area.
In this article:
- Bregarson Alkana graduated as a teacher on Tuesday
- Alkana was once homeless on the streets of Mitchells Plain
- A good-hearted family took Alkana in about 7-years ago
Bregarson Alkana has put his difficult past behind him and is looking forward to a bright future after graduating with a B.Ed Degree in further education and training from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
The young man did not have the easiest start to live, he and his biological family lived on the streets of Mitchells Plain, Cape Town during his childhood.
Alkana says even though life on the streets was tough he never gave up on wanting a better life for himself. Seven years ago his mother committed suicide.
Briefly.co.za gathered that shortly after his mom’s death a good-hearted family took him in. The Booysen family also paid for his mom’s funeral. Carol Booysen says Alkana wanted to drop out of school to find a job and contribute the family finances but she and her husband kept encouraging him to finish school and then get a tertiary education.
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