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Bheki Cele ordered to pay R525 000 to Gauteng man detained for 21 days after unlawful arrest

South African Police Service (SAPS) national commissioner General Khehla Sitole has ordered the immediate payment of R525 000 to a man from Soweto who was unlawfully arrested and detained for 21 days in 2015. This was after a court found that Bheki Cele, then acting national police commissioner, and his team engaged in misconduct when they arrested and detained the man.

A man in Gauteng is suing the Gauteng Department of Community Safety after he was unlawfully arrested for seven days in the Tshwane Police Station, refused access to a lawyer and his family and then charged with assault and public violence. Bheki Cele, the Gauteng Community Safety MEC, ordered the man to pay R525 000. He was held at the police station for 21 days and denied bail. The man, identified as Mkhuleko, was arrested for an incident that occurred on 31 March 2016.

In February 2016, after a routine traffic stop, Bheki Cele, a policeman in the Gauteng Provincial Police, ordered the driver of the car he was stopped to remain in the vehicle. The driver complied. But the policeman noticed that the man was recording him on his cell phone. When the policeman asked the man to delete the recording, the man refused.

Gauteng High Court ordered the police minister to pay R525 000 compensation to a man who was arrested for carrying a knife and detained for 21 days before being released without charge. Bheki Cele was ordered to pay the amount to Mzwandile Nkosi after he illegally detained him on the grounds that he was a member of a gang. Cele had claimed that Nkosi was arrested in connection with the killing of a police officer in 2015. The court said the arrest was unlawful after it was found that there was no evidence linking Nkosi to the murder.


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