Fears of taxi war in CT after murder of CATA president

Police Minister Bheki Cele has called for an urgent intervention to address the ongoing taxi violence in the Western Cape, following the murder of Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) president, Victor Wiwi. Wiwi was one of two men shot and killed in Nyanga, Cape Town, on Wednesday evening. A third man was shot and injured. […]

Bheki Cele plans to rehire old cops as department faces budget cuts

Police minister Bheki Cele says that his department plans to re-enlist trained and skilled officers who have left the South African Police Service (SAPS) honourably to replace officers that have left over the last year. This was confirmed by the minister in a recent written parliamentary Q&A following in response to questions from the EFF. […]

More than 100 arrested for extorting protection fees from small business owners in CT, says Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele says more than 100 people linked to extortion cases in Cape Town have been arrested since members of the community and small business owners raised the alarm over the so-called protection fees last year. Small business owners who owned restaurants, pubs, and bars, rental stock owners, and informal business owners were […]

Three cops among those arrested in connection with CT extortions, says Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele has on Thursday confirmed that three police officers are being investigated for extortion in Cape Town. The minister has also revealed 106 extortion cases have been opened in the city since January this year. Sixty-seven cases are still under investigation. Cele has revealed SAPS members are among those charged. “Those are […]

106 extortion cases opened in CT since January, says Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday said 106 extortion cases had been opened in Cape Town since January. Concerns around extortion across communities grew last year and an extortion priority committee was established. It includes the police, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety, and the City of Cape Town. Cele said when concern was […]

Bheki Cele warns criminals to run as additional forces deployed in WC to fight crime

Police Minister Bheki Cele has sent a stern warning to criminals – be prepared to see officers out in force on the streets of the Western Cape. Cele on Wednesday welcomed almost 200 additional police officers to fight crime in the province. The move followed what police referred to as a gradual increase in violent […]

Bheki Cele orders cops to protect Cape Town’s women & children at all cost

Police Minister Bheki Cele has told the 200 officers deployed to the Western Cape that their presence in the province “must yield results”. Cele was speaking at a parade of the newly deployed officers, who are members of visible policing, crime intelligence, forensics, and detective services. They have been placed in crime hotspots across Cape […]

Police will arrest Jacob Zuma if courts issue warrant, says Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele says law enforcement will execute an warrant arrest for former president Jacob Zuma if it was issued by the courts. Speaking in an interview on 702, Cele said he did not make arrests, but South African Police Service (SAPS) officers would enforce the law. “The minister does not make any arrests, […]

Bheki Cele: SAPS tightening crowd control measures

Legislative reforms are being finalised before Parliament regarding the way in which the SAPS deals with crowd management. This is according to Police Minister Bheki Cele, who yesterday released the report compiled by experts on policing and crowd management by the police. In its 596-page report, the panel formed in 2016 put forward a detailed […]