Bheki Cele calls last round on illegal taverns and wants them closed

Bheki Cele calls last round on illegal taverns and wants them closed

- Police Minister Bheki Cele has instructed the SAPS to shut down illegal taverns

- Taverns operating without a permit are to be shut down within 48 hours

- The SAPS are initiating an operation to make the festive season safer for the citizens of South Africa

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has targetted illegal taverns and wants them out of business. Cele was setting his sights on taverns operating without valid permits during the festive season. learned that Cele made it clear that illegal taverns had to go at a media event at Dipesloot, Gauteng.

"We are making a call to make this place safer. You don't have to have taverns that close at four in the morning," he said.

He was particularly concerned about underage patrons frequenting these illegal taverns.

"We don't have taverns that are not respecting the law and are not compliant [and] we find the under 18s there, finding them making noise there.
"So the instruction is that those that do not have permits or licences must shut down within 48 hours," he said.

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The police minister toured the province on Friday as part of a festive season campaign. He urged male officers to respect women who reported abuse according to the

"Male officers take care of women, respect women as they come to police stations to report the abuse by their partners mostly, these ugly husbands and ugly boyfriends [who] disrespect and abuse women," he said.

Occasionally, officers advise women to talk to their abusive partners to sort out the problem, essentially turning the victims away.

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"We don't negotiate peace with the people who abuse women. You go there, you arrest them and keep them where they are supposed to be," he said.

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