- Bheki Cele has taken shots at DA leaders JP Smith and Helen Zille for criticising him about the handling of crime in the Western Cape
- The police have been having a hard time keeping crime under control in Cape Town and had an imbizo to notify residents on how they would be dealing with the matter
- Cele said that JP Smith was not good at communicating with him and is quick to "climb on top" of him when he sees journalists
Minister of Police Bheki Cele has taken shots at Democratic Alliance (DA) leaders JP Smith and Helen Zille.
“Whenever JP Smith is looking for a scapegoat, he looks to me. I don’t know what alcohol he drinks,” he said speaking at a crime imbizo on Saturday.
The police have been struggling to keep the rate of crime under control in Cape Town and have faced harsh criticism from the DA leaders. Bheki Cele hosted an imbizo at the Langa Sports Complex to communicate with residents about crime and what the police were going to do about it.
Earlier in the week, JP Smith criticised the minister for the delay in implementing the promise to set up a special task team to deal with local gangsters. Cele said that he had a meeting with Smith, in which they agreed he would call him if they ran into any problems.
"Now, last week, he spoke about what he wanted. He has a sickness of not wanting to listen and not do things correctly," said Cele.
Cele said that Smith was not good at communicating and he just sees journalists then proceeds to climb on top of him. He said that there was a large number of people dying in Cape Town and he wanted to correct that.
Smith, on the other hand, hit back and said that he did actually contact Cele.
"I sent him repeated messages which he did not have the decency to respond to. I also sent messages to the Deputy Minister.” he said.
Cele also said that he had seen Helen Zille attend protests for the killings that happened in Senekal but she did not even make one appearance in relation to the killings in the Western Cape.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Ace Magashule's ex-bodyguard claimed a R8m painting that was gifted to him. A former bodyguard of stealing a painting from the office of Ace Magashule during his time as premier of the Free State claims that the ANC secretary-general had gifted it to him. The case, against Ricardo Metler, is being heard in the Free State High Court based in Bloemfontein and involves a JH Pierneef painting which was removed from Magashule's office two years ago.
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