Police Minister Bheki Cele has again caused a stir, this time for his comments about tattoos.
In a viral clip, Cele can be heard telling residents of Orlando East that people with tattoos are gangsters.
He was speaking during the dispatch of additional security forces in response to a mass shooting at a tavern in the area over the weekend.
Guns killed 15 people and wounded at least nine others in the incident. All of the dead and injured were over the age of 18 and the tavern operated within the legal opening hours.
Cele’s comments sparked heated debate online, some voices and many accuse him of playing on “toxic stereotypes”.
Cele said 137 empty cartridges were found at the scene of the shooting.< /p>
He said an 11-person detective team would be investigating the killings and holding those responsible accountable.
Officials from the Tactical Response Team (TRT) have this also done to help with police work.
“Starting today [Monday], before you sleep, they [TRT] will be patrolling the area. I’m sure once they arrive it will be clear they are here.
We urge you to cooperate with them so they can patrol the area and protect the community. We want to saturate the streets here and make sure we take back the power to the thugs.”
LISTEN | According to Cele, 137 spent cartridges were found after the Soweto Tavern massacre.
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