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the media coined 'SHOOt to kill' - Cele

By Sipho Masombuka | Nov 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

NATIONAL Police Commissioner Bheki Cele told a gathering in Pretoria yesterday that the "shoot to kill" statement was coined by the media.

He said he never said police must shoot to kill and went on to "thank the media for coining the shoot to kill statement. You have done a very good job".

Cele was responding to a question about the increase in the shooting of people by police following the call to use lethal force.

"I have never heard Jacob Zuma talk about shoot to kill but I learnt from the media after his speech that he has confirmed the shoot to kill statement," Cele said.

"We are saying, and we are not changing, police must decisively defend themselves together with the community when they are under attack from thugs that have guns in their hands. If needs be, they must use the deadly force."

Responding on two off-duty and allegedly drunk Pretoria police officers who shot a street vendor last weekend, Cele said: "It is interesting that you only mention the unfortunate incidents of the people who have been shot and not mention the good work that has been done by the police."

He, however, said the actions of the two cops were pure criminality. Cele said there was no doubt that there were problems that must be dealt with in the police.

He said this was why 1300 cops have been arrested for various criminal acts.

Cele was speaking yesterday in Pretoria after announcing the appointments of two provincial commissioners.

Monnye Ngobeni replaces Hamilton Ngidi as KwaZulu-Natal's commissioner while Thulani Ntobela replaces Afrika Khumalo in Mpumalanga.

Ngobeni has served in the police for 22 years. Cele said she was also academically qualified for the job.

"Her appointment today makes her the second woman in the history of the SAPS to be appointed provincial commissioner," he said to loud applause from the first woman appointee to the Northern Cape, Zukiswa Mbombo.

Cele said Ntobela had served for 28 years, predominantly in the operational field. He was also academically qualified with a diploma in police administration and a law degree.


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