- During an interview, Police Minister Bheki Cele said the attention human trafficking was gathering in SA was nothing but publicity
- A clip of the statement went viral on social media and Cele started trending on Twitter
- South Africans were furious over the fact that Cele denied the problem and called it a publicity stunt
- However, there were those who said Cele was misinterpreted and his statements were taken out of context
Police Minister Bheki Cele has been criticised a lot recently. First, South Africans slammed him over his strong opposition to alcohol during lockdown and now the minister's statement about human trafficking landed him in hot water.
During an interview, Cele was asked about the growing issue of human trafficking in South Africa. The minister said:
"I am not sure whether there a growth is human trafficking number or the issue is receiving publicity."
South Africans immediately took offense to the police minister's remarks and it went viral online.
Journalist Arabile Gumede shared a clip of Cele's statement, captioning it:
"Excuse me, Minister of Police, Gen. Bheki Cele... I need you to clarify something for me please!!!! Did you just blatantly call the disgusting scourge of Human Trafficking an issue of "Publicity"??? PLEASE CLARIFY! I BEG YOU!!!!"
Cele trended on Twitter on Wednesday as South Africans voiced their views on his 'publicity' statement.
Twitter parody account Man's Not Barry Roux said:
"The whole Police Minster Bheki Cele saying we don’t have human trafficking problem here in South Africa. We are not taken serious in this country. The earlier we understand that We are not led in this country the better because we are being towed."
Inno Matijane wrote:
"Bheki Cele said human trafficking might be for publicity. We not safe y’all. A whole Minister of the Police???"
However, Gumede and other South Africans defended the minister, adding he was misinterpreted.
Another social media user, @ThokozaniNala, commented:
"You are deliberately misquoting his words. He said; 'I am not sure whether there a growth is human trafficking number or the issue is receiving publicity'."
Earlier, it was reported viral video has been circulating on social media by a man who claims to have witnessed a kidnapping at a Joburg mall.
This comes amid growing fears of a human trafficking syndicate operating in the country, causing people to accuse foreign nationals of being involved.
Briefly.co.za explores the truth behind these disturbing allegations that have rocked the country.
Police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters has refuted the claims. According to Peters, the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, was an armed robbery.
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