PAC slams Cele’s si­lence

The New Age (Gauteng) - - POLITICS - HLONI MASHIGO

THE Pan African­ist Congress of Aza­nia (PAC) has slammed what they called the deaf­en­ing si­lence of Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele on the SAPS foren­sic In­ves­ti­ga­tor al­leged to have abused two Grade 3 pupils at the AB Xuma Pri­mary School in Or­lando, Soweto.

The al­leged per­pe­tra­tor is part of a team in­ves­ti­gat­ing sex­ual as­sault cases at the school.

“The PAC is sad­dened and dis­turbed to learn that a po­lice­man is im­pli­cated in mo­lest­ing two in­no­cent school kids.

“What dis­turbs us most is that the per­pe­tra­tor is a man who was sup­posed to en­sure safety of our kids against those who may harm or hurt them,” na­tional spokesper­son Ken­neth Mok­gatlhe said.

Mok­gatlhe said for­mer po­lice min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula un­der­stood that crim­i­nals were not fright­ened by empty talk. The New Age’s at­tempts to get hold of Cele yes­ter­day proved fu­tile.

The PAC fur­ther said: “Bheki Cele should get his house in or­der be­fore he can claim to sweep our streets. We have many dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals who are parad­ing as of­fi­cers in blue uni­forms.

These are peo­ple who lead crim­i­nals in the street and con­tinue to take bribes from poor South Africans,” Mok­gatlhe said.

He said they wanted to see the “loud­hailer” Cele do some­thing to root out cor­rup­tion in the SAPS and bring back in­tegrity and con­fi­dence.

“Our peo­ple have ab­so­lutely lost faith in the law-en­force­ment agen­cies be­cause of mis­con­duct of crim­i­nals who want us to be­lieve that they are cops while we know that they are gang­sters,” Mok­gatlhe said.

“A per­son en­trusted with pro­tect­ing chil­dren has vi­o­lated their trust and that of their par­ents. This man should meet the full might of the law.” Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi said.

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