Lots of hope was rested on his shoulders for this important portfolio. After all, he made criminals shake in their boots when he ordered his forces to “shoot to kill” when he was still a police commissioner.
This statement proved to be controversial in some quarters as it was seen as a call for police to use excessive force. It was an understandable outcry as, at the time, the country was still reeling from the horrors of the Marikana massacre and other violent incidents that tainted the image of our men and women in blue.
Fast forward to 2019, and nothing much has changed under Cele’s leadership. Yes, he successfully fought cash-in-transit heists, but surely our flamboyant minister can do much better.
Just yesterday our beloved Gauteng was engulfed in flames caused by looters who attacked mainly foreign-owned spaza shops in the Joburg CBD. It took only a few hours before the violence spread like wildfire to areas like Tembisa, Germiston and Turffontein. Tshwane also witnessed chaotic scenes as taxi drivers took on suspected drug dealers and users in the CBD. All this happened as the parents of Amy-Lee de Jager were dealing with the shock after their daughter was snatched by four thugs outside her school yesterday.