Police Minister Bheki Cele says Eastern Cape police will continue to use available resources to bring those responsible for destruction of property in Gqeberha on Wednesday.
This commitment comes as minister Cele and Deputy minister of Police Cassel Mathale, Deputy National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Fannie Masemola, and senior management of the South African Police Service on Thursday 14 October 2021, visited the area, following violence at Korsten after the accident between taxi and sedan.
According to police reports, this single incident resulted in the damage of 12 vehicles including 8 taxis which we set alight together with vendor stalls. The police met with leaders of concerned groupings involved in the violence and destruction, in turn, they differed when giving exact details of how the events unfolded. All the parties agreed to solve issues so avoid further tension between the taxi industry and local business people, who are mostly Somali nationals.
Mohamed from the Somali Association of South Africa says at this stage, they did not know who set the taxis alight and that they would wait for law enforcement officials to furnish them with details
Police Minister Bheki Cele says while the groupings negotiate peace, the police won’t negotiate crime as they have constitutional mandate to uphold which is to safeguard citizens and their property. He added that the law in this country forbids carrying of firearms in public, if one does so, they are breaking the law.
Furthermore, the Police Ministry has welcomed the steps taken by SAPS to deploy more officers in the area to ensure stability of the violence.