Bheki Cele responds to police assault

In response to a police attack, Bheki Cele

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According to Bheki Cele, minister of police, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate ( IPID ) is looking into the barber’s assault and will offer recommendations.


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Cele gave a speech on Saturday at the ( SANEF ) council meeting of the South African National Editors ‘ Forum. The editor of GroundUp questioned him about his lack of response to the assault video and the steps being taken to stop police from acting in this manner.

In response, Cele said he would see to it that Juma Igiranieza’s police assault case was thoroughly investigated.

Igiranieza, 25, who is originally from Burundi, was attacked by police on November 7 during an unplanned raid at his Mowbray, Cape Town, workplace. CCTV footage of the incident was obtained.

On November 10, GroundUp released the CCTV footage, which Cele claimed to have seen and which, in his opinion, appeared to be an assault intended to seriously harm someone.

The minister noted that IPID regulates police behavior and that” Police is one of the highly regulated bodies in South Africa.”

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” There are both good and bad police.” I’ve said that you should go hard for the bad guys and good for them. Human nature dictates that. Hit me if I’m doing bad, but please say” thank you” when you’re doing good, said Cele.

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I’ve been informed that IPID is researching this case and many others and will offer suggestions. We’ll make an effort to move quickly, said Cele.

Igiranieza told GroundUp over the phone on Monday that he returned to work on Sunday ( 19 November ) despite being afraid.

” I’m still taking painkillers, and I still experience some body pain.” However, I had to return to work because I was short on cash. Igiranieza said,” I’m still afraid those police will show up again.

He and other alleged victims of police assault on November 7 have hired legal counsel.

On November 9, GroundUp first requested comment from IPID but got no response. On Monday, November 20, we once more requested a response from IPID. Robbie Raburabu, the spokesperson, retorted,” Good morning, I’ll remind them about IPID’s provincial structure.

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