Bheki Cele goes after Maimane over claims that SAPS is under-resourced

Bheki Cele goes after Maimane over claims that SAPS is under-resourced

- Bheki Cele has rejected Mmusi Maimane's claim that the police service is under-resourced

- Cele said that the DA leader did know what he was talking about

- However, the DA has reiterated Maimane's allegations

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Minister of Police Bheki Cele has hit back at DA leader Mmusi Maimane's claim that the SAPS is under-resourced.

Cele criticised Maimane for "talking about things he knows nothing about".

Cele made the comments at the unveiling of a new police station in Winterveldt near Pretoria.

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Maimane's comments stemmed from a visit he made to a police station in Dobsonville, Soweto several weeks ago. There, the DA leader alleged that SAPS was underfunded and mismanaged, and enough officers. He also suggested that certain politicians hand their cars over the police.

This is the latest in escalating tensions between several ANC and DA figures ahead of the May elections. Party officials have previously slammed one another over other election issues such as the recent service delivery protests in Gauteng, ous things that affect people", according to The Citizen.

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However, in response to Cele, a spokesperson for the DA repeated Maimane's concerns.

The party's communications director, Mabine Seabe, said that the police service was chronically understaffed and underfunded, adding that serious "political will" was needed to address the issues. 

This is the latest in escalating tensions between several ANC and DA figures ahead of the May elections. Party officials have previously slammed one another over other election issues, such as the recent service delivery protests in Gauteng, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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