Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele will on Sunday 08 August 2021, host a community engagement in Lamontville in KwaZulu-Natal. This meeting with residents follows the death of a female civilian during police operations to retrieve looted goods in the area. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the death.
Police Ministry Spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said during the same incident, police officers conducting the seizure operations, came under attack from community members who allegedly mobilised each other and blocked the exit points to the township with stones and proceeded to slash the tyres of the police vehicles and attacked the members.
On Wednesday 04 August 2021, Minister Cele met with the Lamontville community leadership structures who requested for a broader engagement between the SAPS and the Police Minister to address their policing concerns, following the death of the 33-year-old community member.