Officers who don’t want to serve communities ‘will be shown the door’, Cele warns

Officers who don’t want to serve communities ‘will be shown the door’, Cele warns

Police Minister Bheki Cele met with residents of Langa on Saturday as part of efforts to tackle crime in the Western Cape.

Bheki Cele in Langa imbizo
Photo: SAPS

Residents told Cele they are unhappy with policing in the area and urged him to intervene.

"Some raised their frustrations around the service they receive from the local police station, including allegations that police were turning away victims of gender-based violence at community service centres,” says Police Ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba.

"Residents also claim that police are not using available resources to serve the community.”

Cele ordered an urgent intervention from the provincial office.

"I want the provincial commissioner of the Western Cape to dig deep into these matters raised here and meet with the local station commander to urgently address the policing shortcomings,” he said.

"Most importantly, I’m calling on the police management to identify officers at this station, who no longer want to serve the community and those members must be shown the door."

Cele also wants action to be taken against officers who continue to provide substandard services to victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence.


"He’s encouraged residents and the local community policing structures to enhance partnerships with the SAPS to stamp out criminality,” says Themba.


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