Thursday, July 30, 2009

Zuma's Bheki Cele: How will he fight crime, with harsh language?

SHOOT: He's known for his tough talk, and campaigning for the current president. Now the president is campaigning for him. Not much talk of a track record, just tough talk.

Sowetan: He had in the past come under fire for encouraging the police to “shoot to kill”.

Yesterday Johan Kruger, a security expert from the Institute of Security Studies, said the Criminal Procedure Act needed to be revisited because police can use their firearms only when confronted by criminals.

“If criminals walk away there is nothing the police can do. I believe the police should be allowed to use firearms indiscriminately,” Kruger said.
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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday appointed another one of his loyalists from KwaZulu-Natal as part of the top structure of the government security cluster.

“You can’t be soft and you can’t be moving around kissing crime. You need to be tough ,” he said yesterday after his appointment at the presidential guest house in Pretoria.

Asked if his “cowboy” and “abrasive” attitude would follow him into his new position, he said: “Well, cowboys don’t cry. Definitely, we will just fight crime. Abrasive? I’m not sure. If that’s the case … I don’t think that’s a problem.”

Known for his tough talk , Cele yesterday rose to the occasion and promised to be tough on criminals.

He advised police to use “deadly force” when they are being attacked by the criminals. Cele said the law allowed police to fight back when under attack.

He had in the past come under fire for encouraging the police to “shoot to kill”.

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