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Cele: Bulelani Qholani’s case a top priority

This comes after law enforcement officers this week demolished four structures because they were illegally erected on city-owned land in the area.

Bulelani Qholani (the man removed from his home naked) says he is still in pain after City of Cape Town law enforcement officers manhandled him. He said he was treated as if he had no human rights.  Picture: Jarita Kassen/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Bheki Cele on Saturday promised a Khayelitsha community that justice will be served for Bulelani Qholani, but residents are not convinced.

The community said politicians have failed to deliver on promises before.

Cele and the Western Cape provincial police commissioner visited the Ethembeni community.

This comes after law enforcement officers this week demolished four structures because they were illegally erected on city-owned land in the area.

During the operation, Qholani was hauled out of his home naked, sparking widespread outrage.

A member of the Khayelitsha Community Action Network Axolile Ntyowala said: “We’re not naïve. Politicians have made promises before. The next step for us will be to engage with them so that we can provide all the necessary evidence.”

Qholani has laid criminal charges against the law enforcement officers. Cele has told the community the case is a top priority.

Ntyowala called for City of Cape Town officials to be held accountable.

“Law enforcement officers are receiving orders. Those who give orders must be prosecuted.”

The City has launched an internal investigation, as well as an external investigation. Four law enforcement officers have been suspended.

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