Police Minister, Bheki Cele addressed the media on Monday. Cele says that he met with the EFF leader and spoke to the FF Plus leader “for a long time”.
“I met with the EFF leader this morning. Within the next 24 hours, I will also meet with the FF Plus leader. We also spoke to the FF Plus leader for a long time yesterday and agreed that we must be mature and try our best to provide leadership in the situation. ”
However, Cele made it clear that these talks do not mean that the government is relinquishing its power.
“People will not be allowed again to bully the state and do the same as last week in Senekal. This can not be allowed.
“This time we will be ready. This time we will be there to protect property and the integrity of the state and to protect people, even suspects.
“We will not allow people to use their own right. No matter who they are. As we prepare to go there, we will enter into dialogue with all stakeholders.
“But if necessary, all the powers of the state will be there to protect the power and property of the state and lives.
“I want to make it very clear that just as we enter into dialogue with all parties, it does not mean that they can make and break as they please. That will not happen.”
Cele also again called on the police to arrest all the “troublemakers” from last week in Senekal.
“They must be arrested, no matter who or where they are. They broke the law, burned out a police van.
“You will remember that a young man from the #FeesMustFall movement was sentenced to four years in prison for setting a police van on fire.
“It cannot happen that someone else will not be treated in the same way.”