Police Minister General Bheki Cele’s reckless statement that officers should ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ is inciting violence, according to Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow minister of police Andrew Whitefield.
Cele was speaking at the launch of the Safe Festive Season Campaign in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town on Tuesday.
The Police Minister told officers that they should ‘shoot first and then ask questions later.’
The comment sparked outrage among Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis who called for Cele to be fired.
“If President Cyril Ramaphosa does not fire Minister Cele for his remarks, he will bear responsibility for any deaths caused by rogue cops,” Whitefield said.
He said Cele is implicated and if President Ramaphosa does not sack him he will be held responsible.
“I am calling on the president to act swiftly and decisively.”
Whitefield said that he would refer Cele’s conduct for investigation and disciplinary action to the South African Human Rights Commission.
Whitefield said the DA will also write to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to inform them that the minister is instructing SAPS members to murder people,” he said.
“Regardless of how much fire Cele throws from the stage, he has ruined the South African police force.”
Cele’s failings have cost countless South Africans their lives, dignity, and security.
He urged Ramaphosa to remove this shameful minister before more lives are lost
“The litany of failures under the watch of Cele as minister of police is shocking. Having not held Cele accountable for a long time was a shameful indictment of President Ramaophosa,” Whitefield said.