Bheki Cele should resign
In a normal democracy, police minister Bheki Cele would resign. The acting police commissioner in Gauteng would step aside. The Gauteng MEC for safety and security would leave office.
But we are not a normal democracy. No-one is held accountable. The aftermath of the Global Citizen festival is a failure of leadership in the security agencies. Who does not know that the toxic mix of mega-events and the festive season are fertile ground for criminals? They meticulously planned how to rob festival goers. Didn’t the police know this? Why didn’t they change their plans when festival goers moved to the Sasol garage?
If it was not reported on social media, the police would have denied that it happened, as a spokesperson did. This is the norm for big events: the police are nowhere to be found. I stopped attending Pirates and Chiefs derbies because of this. It is a nightmare to leave the stadium.
Dr Lucas Ntyintyane Via e-mail