Bheki Cele should re­sign

Business Day - - Opinion -

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

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