- Allegedly insulting Police Minister Bheki Cele has landed four people in some hot water
- After a video was shared on social media, arrests were made in the North West province
- Charged with violating lockdown measures and crimen injuria, the quartet was released on bail
Four citizens have been released on R1 000 bail each after a video went viral on social media, depicting them allegedly insulting Police Minister Bheki Cele.
IOL reported that police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo confirmed the four suspects will be appearing in court late in June.
The four individuals, Tshiamo Sandra Moroke, Lizzy Modiegi Moabelo, Mmapule Leso and Obakeng Tseremetsa Moima, were taken on over the incident in Stinkwater, North West.
Facing charges of alleged transgressions of the Disaster Management Act and crimen injuria, the group had been seen drinking and taunting the minister.
While the 22 March incident had happened ahead of the 21-day coronavirus national lockdown, the ban on public consumption of alcohol had already been implemented.
An intelligence-led operation had ensued which resulted in the youngsters' arrests, explained Naidoo, Cape Talk reported.
Investigations showed that the clip was shot on 22 March at around 10 pm in Stinkwater. The phone that was used to capture and share the clip has since been confiscated.
Briefly.co.za reported that Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema had shared the clip, calling for supporters to help track down the perpetrators, who he referred to as 'criminals'.
In the clip, one woman blamed the minister for not having a boyfriend, while another claimed he had caused her stress.
Cele's genitals were referenced, with another man speaking isiZulu made it clear that he intended to disregard the national lockdown:
“Bheki Cele, do you see us, it’s 12:30. We won’t be told what to do by you. We won’t travel around holding permits.”
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