Police Minister Bheki Cele says the police responded “decisively” to the unrest which engulfed KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July last year. This, however, is in contrast with the expert panel which, in a February report, found the “police failed to stop the rioting and looting”. Cele has tabled the police, Independent Police Investigative Directorate, and Civilian Secretariat of Police’s budgets in a mini-plenary of the National Assembly yesterday. He has emphasized that it’s important to bring the police and the public closer to each other by means of community policing forums.
Cele believe police responded ‘decisively’ to rioting and looting in July