Police minister Bheki Cele’s ‘unexpected’ visit at Dalton hostel, in Durban, is met with hostility from angry crowd.
On Friday 7 November, the ANC issued a list of members who would be campaigning in the country – Cele was not on the list.
IOL reported on a video that surfaced on Monday 9 November, showing Cele heavily guarded by an entourage of armed SAP members and Durban metro law enforcement officials. The hostel dwellers were not happy to see him and made it known.
Cele was greeted by a crowd of dwellers chanting Zulu war songs while waving knobkerries and sticks. It’s also reported that a stone was thrown at Cele and in the direction of the police, but no one was hurt.
The hostel, which falls under ward 32, gained notoriety for housing suspected hitmen for the taxi industry. The publication also stated that rival political parties are in contention to fill the vacant spot in the ward.
There are no reports on how the minister and his protection brigade reacted. According to IOL, ANC KZN provincial spokesperson, Nhlakanipho Ntombela confirmed that Cele was at the hostel to campaign as assigned by the ruling party.