Police got it wrong, says Bheki Cele over maskless Mpumalanga premier

Police minister Bheki Cele has admitted that police 'badly' managed the mask matter involving Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane.

2021-01-27 05:00:00 PM

Police minister Bheki Cele has admitted that police “badly” managed the mask matter involving Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane.

Police minister Bheki Cele has admitted that police 'badly' managed the mask matter involving Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane.

Later on, she was again seen without a mask while hugging a senior police officer at the Old Pretoria Road Cemetery in Emalahleni.She has since signed an admission of guilt statement at the Vosman police station in Witbank and issued a public apology.

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According to a SABC report, the EFF in Mpumalanga has opened a criminal case against Mtsweni-Tsipane for failing to adhere with Covid-19 regulations of wearing masks, at all times, in public spaces.The first thing the officer should have done is to tell the premier to put the mask on immediately, or she should have been arrested - and both those things did not happen.

Bheki CeleSpeaking to TimesLIVE, Cele said the police were investigating the matter.“On January 23 I was in KwaMashu ... and there was a young boy who did not have a mask, and according to regulation 34 [of the Cogta-issued Covid-19 laws] we need to warn you to put on your mask before we act on it. So we warned this young boy and he said he did not have a mask and had never owned one,” he said. headtopics.com

“This means that our warning did not work and so we had to arrest the boy, and the arrest was done in front of television cameras. But, fortunately, there were women selling masks nearby and somebody bought a mask for the boy and then the young man was let go.

“Now people will say, 'But you arrested the young man and you did not arrest the premier and instead we invited her to go to court.' But there have been two investigations on the matter and people blasted me, saying there shouldn’t be an investigation and that I am wasting state money because it was obvious what had happened.”

Cele said while it appeared obvious, the matter still needed to be investigated. Read more: Sowetan LIVE »

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