Watch: City officials chased out of Bonteheuwel meeting with police minister Bheki Cele

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Residents didn’t want local government representatives at the meeting. Picture: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus

Cape Town – Residents of Bonteheuwel have had enough of the City of Cape Town. 

They chased out the City’s officials from a meeting arranged between themselves and Police Minister Bheki Cele.

Residents crowded around the table, demanding JP Smith and Angus McKenzie leave. Picture: Chevon Booysen/Cape Times

The meeting was set up after Tuesday’s #WCShutdown, during which residents from a number of gang-ridden suburbs took to the streets in protest against gangsterism, crime spiralling out of control, and police inefficiencies. 

Cele had agreed to meet with the people of Bonteheuwel after his engagement at Parliament earlier on Wednesday.

Cele’s delegation included top cop Jeremy Vearey, the City of Cape Town’s safety and security chief JP Smith, and the suburb’s ward councillor Angus McKenzie, among other top police officials. 

Video: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus

But, the community didn’t want to engage with the City of Cape Town representatives, demanding a private audience with Cele.

Video: Chevon Booysen/Cape Times

Cele also urged the local government leaders to leave, in the interests of the community. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele led a high-level delegation to Bonteheuwel on Wednesday. Picture: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus

When Smith and McKenzie left their seats, they were followed by jeers and rude hand gestures. 

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