Richard Anthony Chemaly
4 minute read
8 Jul 2022
4:25 pm

Dear Bheki: Calling you a ‘garden boy’ would be an insult to gardeners

Richard Anthony Chemaly

No fedora on earth is big enough to hide the police's failings, and being upset at being called a 'garden boy' is nothing but deflection, writes Richard Chemaly.

Minister of Police, Bheki Cele during the justice, crime prevention and security cluster update on the 2021 July riots, 8 July 2022, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Dear Bheki, from your shoot to kill days to kill days to that IFP fiasco back in 2009, and now your shut up manner of dismissal, one day, we need to talk about your aggression. Today, however, I want to question your performance in the police. You had plenty of time since JZ took your commissioner title away and sent you fishing a little later on, and one would have hoped you’d spent some time reflecting on how to make the police more effective. I’m curious to know, are the police more effective with you as minister? I’m asking like...