U-Cele Uthi Kuphephile e-South Africa
Written by Mfundo on 10 February, 2022
By: Sthulile Mdletshe
Police Minister Bheki Cele says law enforcement agencies wont stop at anything to ensure safety of the State Of the Nation Address (SONA) this evening.
Cele has been addressing officials who will be deployed to ensure safety and security during the event.
The minister is currently under fire following the release of an expert panel’s report on last year’s July unrest. The report found that the response of the intelligence services and ministers in the security cluster was shockingly slow, and insufficient.
Many oppositions are calling for Cele to be fired, accusing him of failing to run the police ministry.
Cele says he fully understands the concerns from the public especially following the burning of a few state buildings however South Africans can rest assured that the country is stable and not under siege.
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Cele has further sent a stern warning to planning to disrupt the state of the nation address this evening
He says law enforcement have the right to uphold the law by any means, adding that they will act without fear or favour towards anyone
This comes as the EFF has abandoned its declaratory and interdiction relief application to have all members of Parliament physically present during the SONA.
The party launched the urgent application in the Western Cape High Court after Parliament announced that only 300 members will attend the event in person, while the rest will participate through the virtual platform.
The minister says security forces are on high alert to ensure that the event takes place in a secure environment at the Cape Town City Hall this evening.
[LOUD AND CLEAR] Police Minister General Bheki Cele is at this hour addressing security forces who will be deployed in Cape Town to ensure the safety and security of the #SONA2022 pic.twitter.com/OAyFJKJ9y0
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