Parliament’s Joint committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests has found Police Minister, Bheki Cele, breached the ethical code of conduct for yelling at Action Society’s Ian Cameron.
In the engagement, which made the rounds on social media, the Minister can be heard shouting “shut up” at Cameron while addressing a SAPS Imbizo in Gugulethu last year.
The Joint Committee has recommended that the Minister issue an apology to Cameron.
[WATCH] The engagement that landed the minister in hot water
Cameron further alleges that he was forcibly removed from the gathering and that his clothes were damaged in the process.
“The video footage taken on the day, which was played in the committee, shows that the member [Cele] was irate and that he did shout at the complainant.”
“The committee found that even if the Member was unhappy with the manner in which the complainant addressed the issue at the imbizo, the Member, as a Member of Parliament, was required to act and thereby engender the respect and confidence that society needs to have in Parliament as a representative institution.”
Speaking to YNews, Cameron says Cele needs to apologise to the country for failing to tackle the issue of crime.
“Things aren’t getting better in terms of violent crime. We are seeing quarterly increases in most violent crimes categories. We really need to highlight the extreme onslaught on communities in this country, the extreme onslaught on police members in this country and it seems that leadership is lacking.”
Cameron says while they welcome Parliament’s findings, the Minister must step down.
Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza