20th October 2020
Police minister Bheki Cele has vowed to restore public transport in the South African Police Service following a tense meeting with Free State farming communities who has had enough of farm attacks and crime.
He has vowed to return within 3 weeks with an action plan to boost the safety of farmers and their workers following a new spate of farm murders.
In the last few weeks, Cele not only got cold reception when he addressed farmers in Bethelehem, but also in Normandien in KZN. Both meetings were heated after Cele was called in to ease tension following farm murders and attacks.
Minister you recently paid your respect to the family of Brendin Horner who is alleged to have been killed by stock thieves. What went through your mind as you console the Horner family at their home just outside the town of Paul Roux?
We are also parents before we are government officials. We cannot say we understand the pain of the Horner family as we never lost a child, but we were sending our deepest sympathies.
It is never an easy task having to face a grieving family and our words won’t bring much comfort, but we have to work harder on prevention rather than reaction. Our jobs as the police is to not to just send condolences, but to find out what happened, give answers and work harder so that such incidents don’t repeat.
Farmers, both in KZN and the Free State, as well as representatives of Afasa and Free State Agriculture allege that some police members are involved with crime in rural areas. Why do police in these areas have such bad reputation for corruption and incompetence? What is being done about it?
I think that is an unfair, general statement. It certainly is not reflective of all the police officials stationed in rural areas. Yes, some of our own are betraying their oath of office, but many are working hand in glove though the national rural safety strategy NRSS to bring stability.
The NRSS entails the cooperation of police and stakeholders in the farming community to collaborate and integrate resources and personnel to fight crime. We, as the police, will leave no stone unturned until we flush out the bad apples in the service -across the country.
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Source: Food For Mzansi