WATCH: We must put fear in the hearts of criminals: Cele

New Police Minister Bheki Cele is warning criminals to watch their backs. Speaking at his welcome parade in Pretoria, Cele says there'll be a renewed push to go after criminals. Video: eNCA


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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s newly-appointed Police Minister Bheki Cele will formally be welcomed back to police.

The police commissioner will on Friday hold a parade to formally welcome Cele.

The former national police commissioner, who served in his post from July 2009 to October 2011, made a dramatic return to politics last month when he got the nod during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Cele replaced Fikile Mbalula.

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At least 10 ministers lost their jobs during the shake-up, through Ramaphosa was not spared any criticism for retaining Malusi Gigaba, Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane.

Cele was previously the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The controversial politician, in the past, called on officers to shoot and ask questions later.

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He was also found guilty of improper conduct and maladministration by former Public Protector Thuli Madosela with regards to a R500-million lease for new offices.

Despite this, Cele enjoys a lot of support on the ground.


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