SAPS is not an undertaker: Cele issues stern warning to thugs

File: Police Minister Bheki Cele has previously served as the national police commissioner. Photo: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Newly-appointed police minister Bheki Cele on Wednesday issued a stern warning to thugs targeting South African police officers - expect to be buried.

Five police officers and a retired soldier were killed last week when gun stormed a police station in eNgcobo, opened fire and stole weapons in the process.

"We want to issue a strong warning that any military engagement by the thugs engaging SAPS should be the one side that we go to bury, after the engagement and that side shall not be the South African Police Service," Cele said in the National Assembly where he gave more detail on the Ngcobo attack.

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Police on Friday night shot dead seven men during a shootout at a church.

A further ten people were initially arrested in connection with the police station attack.

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Cele was appointed on Monday when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his cabinet, he succeeds Fikile Mbalula.

He has previously served as the national police commissioner. 


African News Agency

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