“Don’t protect criminals,” warns Cele

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Police Minister, Bheki Cele, has warned community members to refrain from hindering police from enforcing the law.

Cele was commenting on the incident that happened in Eden Park,in Ekurhuleni, on Thursday where community members allegedly stopped members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) from searching a car.
According to authorities, the officers from Edenpark police station were on routine patrols when they noticed a car that looked suspicious.
A video has been circulating on social media of the assault of one of the officers by a number of community members.
Cele urged communities not to protect criminals, but to work with the police in their bid to curtail crime.

“You must work with the police. Don’t hide those criminals among yourselves because they hurt you. If you protect those criminals, they will come back for you, do not ask us where we are because you take on the police on behalf of criminals.”

Cele says this just shows that communities would rather protect criminals than work with the police.
Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the assault and face charges of obstructing police in the execution of their duties, attacking and assaulting police officers as well as attempted robbery of a firearm.
They are expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate Court on Monday.
Festive season safety operations launched: 
Cele has also called on police to enforce the law during the festive season as they expect criminality to increase.

On Friday, the SAPS launched the police’s safer festive season operations in the Western Cape.

The operations, under the Operation Shanela umbrella, will include regular roadblocks, stop and searches and the tracking and tracing of wanted suspects.

The ministry says heightened police visibility is aimed at preventing crime during the holiday season and beyond.

He says police mustn’t be lenient to people who break the law on purpose.


Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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