Outspoken Police Minister Bheki Cele told mourners at the funeral of a Mpumalanga police station commander killed on duty communities must “not co-govern with criminals”.
Speaking at Elukwatini stadium in the Albert Luthuli local municipality, Cele said the killing of Colonel Beauty Marivate should “anger all of us as a nation and through collective condemnation of such cruel acts communities can know the dangers of harbouring criminals who won’t hesitate to get rid of the people that protect and serve them”.
In the same breath, the police minister is quoted in a statement saying: “police must respond decisively to callous acts and ensure the death of one of their own is never in vain. Colonel Marivate was a skilled investigator who championed social justice and it’s important those thugs who robbed this community of a leader are found”.
Cele used President Cyril Ramaphosa’s exhortations to make the life of criminals hard in order to illustrate “a re-energised SA Police Service (SAPS) with strengthened resolve”.
He told mourners police needed all South Africans to be their eyes and ears on the ground.
“Active and consistent policing partnerships will wake criminals up to the reality that crime doesn’t pay, but will land them in jail or an early grave.”