“It is through the work of capable law-enforcement officers that investigations were thorough, cases were presented in court and prosecutions took place to ensure lengthy sentences. Since April 2021 to date, 196 GBV accused have been handed down 272 life sentences,” Cele said.
The failures in the police have also been attributed to an apparent beef between Cele and police commissioner Khehla Sitole.
EFF leader Julius Malema said it was a blunder to appoint Cele as police minister in the first place when he had occupied the position of police commissioner. The appointment created fertile ground for Cele to compete with Sitole for power and control.
But Cele hit back at Malema, accusing him of plotting with Sitole for his removal.
According to Cele, Malema had secretly met Sitole to plot the minister’s removal — and he was willing to repeat it outside parliament, said Cele.
The police were hard at work and had shifted gears in taking down organised-crime syndicates trying to run a parallel government, he said.
“A national extortion team will be established and rolled out to the nine provinces that will focus on extortion at construction sites and business premises. We are also decisively dealing with kidnapping syndicates, through specialised teams, especially in Gauteng where this crime is most prevalent.
“An extortion steering committee based in the Western Cape is investigating robberies disguised as ‘protection fees’ or ‘radical economic transformation’ from extortionists.
“We know this crime is a motive for a series of multiple shootings in areas such as Khayelitsha and Gugulethu. Investigations into the root causes of the multiple murders also helps in cracking some of these murder cases.”