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It’s time for Bheki Cele to go

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal said that under Police Minister Bheki Cele, the SAPS had become dysfunctional, and called for Cele to be axed.

The DA KZN spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison, Sharon Hoosen, said if Cele remained in his position KZN would continue to endure a high crime rate, and that people in the province lived in fear.

“The current system of managing and operating the SAPS is an absolute embarrassment.”

Hoosen said the SAPS operated in an environment where most police stations were in a state of dilapidation, were understaffed, had poorly trained personnel, and were poorly resourced. “Telephone lines do not work, vehicles are in garages for minor repairs for more than 12 months at a time … there is an increase in unfilled vacancies. How can a province take the SAPS seriously with so many challenges that will never be resolved?”

Hoosen said criminals had more resources than the police and were more tech-savvy than SAPS officers.

“Apart from his silly statements in the media, he is failing to ensure that there are basic services rendered to the people. The DNA backlog is over 300000 cases behind at the end of July. We are waiting on the report for August,” Cameron said.

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