Police Minister Bheki Cele Urges Proactive Action by Police Officers in the Face of Threats

Police Minister Bheki Cele Urges Proactive Action by Police Officers in the Face of Threats

In a recent address, Police Minister General Bheki Cele has emphasized the importance of police officers taking proactive measures when faced with situations that require the use of force.

This call to action was made during his speech at the funeral of Sergeant Kediemetse Masilo in Schweizer Reneke, North West.

Tragic Incident Sparks Call for Action

The tragic incident that underscored the urgency of this call involved two police officers from the Kimberley Flying Squad.

These officers, Sergeant Keidumetse Masilo and Constable Mandindi, lost their lives while attempting to apprehend a stolen vehicle in Kimberley.

The alleged perpetrator, 38-year-old Daniel Alberts, had a history of criminal offenses, and unfortunately, the officers fell victim to his actions.

Criminal Record Highlights Repeat Offender

Daniel Alberts, who stands accused of this heinous act, had a troubling criminal record.

He had previously appeared before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on charges including murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, motor vehicle theft, and theft.

This history of criminal activity raises questions about the adequacy of existing measures to address individuals with such records.

Call for Vigilance and Proportional Action

Minister Cele, supported by representatives from the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU), delivered a heartfelt plea to police officers.

He urged them to maintain vigilance and operational readiness at all times.

The minister emphasized the importance of employing force only when necessary, reasonable, and proportional to the threat at hand.

He stressed that officers should not hesitate to use the resources and tools provided to them to ensure their safety and the safety of the community.

Honoring the Fallen Officer

In memory of Constable Mandindi, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty, a funeral service will be held in Pampierstad, Northern Cape on Saturday, 2 September 2023.

This event serves as a poignant reminder of the risks and sacrifices that police officers make to uphold the safety and security of their communities.