Bheki Cele: ‘We can't allow politicians 'to use and abuse the force’

Bheki Cele: ‘We can't allow politicians 'to use and abuse the force’

- Cele ha stated that public policing units are not to use force against the people in order to establish control

- Public policing numbers will be increased across the country to ensure better control

- Units will be furnished with State-of-the-art equipment

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Bheki Cele, South Africa’s Minister of Police, ordered public order policing units to not be a tool of political protests, marches and events.

When attending the launch of the public order policing reserve units in Pretoria, Cele, as well as National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole, gave the order.

"You don't ask political affiliations of the people you will be working with, you deal with them as South Africans.”

"Don't be employed by the politicians to do their work. That's not your territory. Your territory is to protect the South African community regardless of their political affiliations and beliefs.”

"We can't allow political people to use and abuse the force."

He urged that public policing units should use minimal force when dealing with public situations.

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"Your task is to protect civilians, protect the people of South Africa."

Additional units will be set in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. This will alleviate pressure by bringing the total to 41 units consisting of four national units and 37 provincial units across the country. learnt that this would then bring the public order policing unit numbers to 11 000 members in total, from the current 5 600.

Sitole stated that this would serve to strengthen the response capacity to situations where public violence and crowd control, was an issue. Minimizing the possibilities of injury to people and the destruction to property.

Farlam Commission of Inquiry findings have been taken into account and all units will be fully equipped.

"State-of-the-art equipment such as new generation Nyalas, water cannons, vehicles, video cameras and protective gear, to name a few, were procured to enable our POP (public order policing) members to effectively perform their duties of crowd management and public order policing throughout the country."

There seems to be hope for better policing with regards to public incidences, especially that of strike action.

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