Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, has promised that the murder of former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa will be solved by the end of 2019
Bheki Cele, Police Minister, has given his word that the tragic murder of Bafana Bafana star Senzo Meyiwa will be solved ‘before Christmas’ this year.
Mentioning the matter on eNCA’s Crimewatch, the Minister said:
“I’m putting my head on the block on this. I still maintain that [the] Senzo Meyiwa matter is going to be resolved in the not very distant future … Definitely it will be before Christmas … Even before Easter that matter will have to be resolved,”
The soccer star had been murdered in an alleged robbery gone wrong in late 2014 at the family home of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo.
The Minister also believes that a possible solution to the crime problem in the country is to stop crime in Gauteng.
“If you want to fix the crime situation in South Africa, you have to fix Gauteng,”
Cele promised that Lietenant-General Deliwe de Lange will soon be replaced with a new police commissioner.
Addressing the lack of confidence in the police, the minister said that people should not lose hope should they phone 10111 and receive no assistance.
“We are going to produce a booklet where every station commander, from the minister to the national commissioner, his or her number is going to be in that book - and then we distribute those numbers to the community.”
Taking an opportunity to clarify the possibility of the military being called in to help fight crime, the Minister made his feelings very clear:
“Absolutely no ... There is not a single soldier that has been taught how to police. All soldiers are taught how to kill. All soldiers are never given rubber bullets, so you’d be causing a lot of problems.”
Following the launch of a police anti-gang unit in Hanover Park in late 2018, Cele said the police plan to take this unit nationwide, starting with Westbury and Eldorado Park.
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