Cele urges cops to work with residents amid Operation Fiela in Gugulethu

Several initiatives are currently taking place, including roadblocks and stop searches. Police Minister Bheki Cele encouraged police officers to work with residents to fight crime.

Police Minister Bheki Cele in Gugulethu for as part of Operation Fiela Two on Tuesday 13 March 2018. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Bheki Cele is joining Operation Fiela 2 in Gugulethu.

Several initiatives are currently taking place, including roadblocks and stop searches.

Cele has encouraged police officers to work hand-in-hand with residents to fight crime.

He said: “Work hard but also improve the relationships with the communities. We know that we work better, success is much better when we work together with the communities.”

“The purpose is to try to create some stability. The stability, do it with the people in that particular area. There are several stakeholders. Police are part of those stakeholders so I had to visit and see them. Now I will be speaking to the community.”

A community meeting is scheduled for later on Tuesday, where Cele will listen to residents’ concerns.

“The kids here smoke almost every day. They are doing everything because they need money to smoke and it’s not right… We are so scared,” said a resident.