- Police Minister Bheki Cele has said that some gangsters are leaving the Western Cape
- Cele made the remarks during a summit on policing over the weekend
- He also spoke about police corruption and called for special courts to be established to handle gang-related crimes
Police Minister Bheki Cele has said that criminals are fleeing the Western Cape.
This comes after police arrested over 140 suspects in Cape Town over the weekend.
Cele made the comments during a press conference on Sunday.
"The gangsters are beginning to spread around. We met one Saturday in another province but we will deal with that," he said.
Police clamped down on several areas in Cape Town on Saturday and Sunday after a spate of violent crime in the city, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, a major summit on crime was held in the city over the weekend to discuss ways of addressing the issue, according to Times Live. Cele and several senior police officials discussed concerns around policing and high crime rates with various stakeholders.
At the event, Cele also touched on calls for the establishment of special courts to handled cases related to gang activity. Another speaker at the meeting asked that this be done so that gangsters would not be granted bail. The speaker said this was a major obstacle to effective policing of gangsterism.
However, at the summit, Cele reportedly skirted questions about corruption within the police. Instead, he pointed out that all organisations have their "bad apples".
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