Protect citizens, yourselves: Cele urges cops to use lethal force

Protect citizens, yourselves: Cele urges cops to use lethal force

- Police Minister Bheki Cele has encouraged the use of deadly force when it comes to defending themselves

- Speaking during an operation in PE, Cele reminded law enforcement officials that they were armed for a reason

- When it comes to defending the citizens of Mzansi, and themselves, cops were urged to do what is necessary

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has told his officers not to shy away from using deadly force in the line of duty.

TimesLIVE writes that the minister has been commenting on this during an operation in Pory Elizabeth:

"When you go to Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act, it allows you to be decisive in defence of yourself and in defence of the citizens of the republic. The law says you use not just maximum force, but deadly force is in the law of SA. Let nobody take your life, let nobody take the lives of innocent SA citizens, which is why we gave you tools."

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News24 reports that this isn't the first time the minister had called for lethal force to be employed by his subordinates.

A decade ago, also during a festive season operation, Cele had encouraged police to take action in high-risk situations:

"If somebody uses a camera to shoot you, smile. But when they use anything else to shoot you, use deadly force before they can do anything - and don't miss." reported that Cele had recently taken it upon itself to rid Limpopo of illegal taverns, resulting in nearly 100 shebeens being shutdown and around 300 arrests in the region.

The minister had been adamant that the culture surrounding alcohol consumption in the province had contributed to fatalities over the weekends.

Cele had commented at the time that many murders occurred in close proximity to the illegal watering grounds.

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