Tebogo Msimanga |
“If President Ramaphosa does not fire Minister Bheki Cele now, he will be complicit in any disastrous consequences of the police minister’s statements yesterday in Mitchells Plain”. This is the sentiment of DA Shadow Minister of Police Andrew Whitfield
Whitfield said he believes that Minister Cele’s reckless statement, namely that the police must “shoot first and ask questions later”, is incitement to commit violence. “This is a criminal offence. The DA will refer this statement to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for investigation and to take the appropriate action”.
Whitfield added that is very like that police officers will take these words of the Minister quite literally and when they, in fact, kill someone, indiscriminately, it will be murder. “Cele, and by implication President Ramaphosa will be complicit.
For months now, the DA has been calling on Cele to be fired.
The DA also believes that Minister Cele has violated the Executive Members’ Code of Conduct and we will request the Public Protector to investigate a possible breach of this code.