It’s what memes are made of but it’s no laughing matter for South Africans who were left speechless after Police Minister Bheki Cele had a heated exchange with the leader of Action Society in Gugulethu.
Cele met Gugulethu residents on Tuesday to address the rise in mass shootings and violence within the area. The exchange took place after Ian Cameron, the leader of Action Society, accused Cele of neglecting the Western Cape, however, the statement only appeared to anger the Police Minister, as per ENCA.
Cele repeatedly told the activist to “shut up” and “get out” but Cameron refused to back down which only appeared to aggravate Cele even further.
Cameron was told not to “provoke” him [Cele] before chaos ensued and the activist was whisked out of the venue.
Speaking to Sunday World, Cameron stood by his statement: “Nothing will change in what I said until Bheki Cele is fired. He abuses police for political gain, as it happened there that I was forcefully removed from the meeting by a number of SAPS members….The cops told me and said you white boy don’t come here with your nonsense.”
Action Society has been a strong supporter of police being devolved in the Western Cape.
Many South Africans have called the exchange “disgusting” and “concerning.
Watch the exchange below:
There was a tense exchange as Police Minister, Bheki Cele, met Gugulethu residents today. Action Society accused him of neglecting the Western Cape. The group wants policing devolved to the province. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/TKwp2L6n2C
— eNCA (@eNCA) July 5, 2022
Picture: South African Government