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Bheki hails police for professionalism in Nkandla #FreeZuma unrest

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South Africa - Durban -21 January 2020 - Bheki Cele national minister of police during the media briefing at SAPS Head Quaters in Durban Picture Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)

Bheki hails the police for professionalism in Nkandla #FreeZuma unrest

Police Minister, Bheki Cele has hailed the work of the police members deployed in KwaZulu-Natal, especially in Nkandla.

“The arrest of a former President was a new mission for the SAPS so there was no referral point for all of us, it was simply unprecedented. It was also a mission that could have resulted in bloodshed if not handled well from the onset. However, it was executed in the most dignified and discreet way possible and I am happy to say enforcing the law didn’t have to take place at the expense of people’s lives.”

Police Minister, Bheki Cele

Chaos and unrest erupted in the province after the Constitutional Court ruling found Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to 15 months in prison. Zuma finally handed himself over to authorities and is currently at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KZN.

Cele addressed a police parade in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday. The parade consisted of members from specialised units within the South African Police Service, who were deployed to the province to amongst other things, reinforce police presence in and around the Nkandla area.

During the address, Cele told the officers that President Cyril Ramaphosa, has also commended the discipline demonstrated by the officers who were faced with a very difficult situation.

“There were people who were firing guns and trying to provoke the situation in Nkandla and itching for the police to respond, but you remained firm and through the instructions of your commanders, you showed high level of discipline and utmost professionalism,” Cele said.

The Minister also touched on the work done by officers who led the operation to ensure that the Constitutional court order to arrest the former President Jacob Zuma, is complied with, before Wednesday midnight.

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