Cele Refutes Claims By Malema He Offered To Pay Funeral Costs

National News

16 March 2021

Staff Reporter/PretoriaLIVE

Pretoria -The Police Ministry takes note of false information circulating around the Police Minister, General Bheki Cele’s visit to Mthokozisi Ntumba’s family.

On Thursday, 11 March 2021, Minister Cele paid a visit to the bereaved Ntumba family at their Kempton Park home on the morning after the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba in Braamfontein.

The purpose of the visit was to pay condolences to the family and to demonstrate a commitment toward swift action and full accountability following the killing of the 35 year-old father of three, Lirandzu Themba Police Ministry Spokesperson said.

“Minister Cele puts on record that while visiting the bereaved Ntumba family, he assured them that the South African Police Service will cooperate fully with IPID investigations into the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba.”

“The Ntumba family received the Minister well and also expressed their appreciation for government’s commitment to finding justice. Minister Cele urged the family to get in touch with him on his mobile number, as well as the number of his spokesperson Ms Lirandzu Themba, if the family experienced any difficulties leading up to the investigations of the case,” Themba said. 

There has not been a call from the family to this effect.

Themba reiterated that It is important to note that at no point did Minister Cele discuss funeral arrangements with the family during his visit or subsequently. Neither did the family at this early stage in their bereavement, express specific financial needs to the Minister.

General Cele takes exception to the remarks made by EFF leader Julius Malema, suggesting that he has reneged on an alleged promise to the family for burial arrangements and payments. 

Cele says these claims are false and misleading.

“It is an absolutely heartless move by any political party or its leadership to lie to its followers and to the nation by using the pain of a family who suffered such a devastating loss of a father, a husband and a breadwinner, to push a political agenda in a desperate attempt to gain political mileage,” Cele said.

Meanwhile, The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on Monday arrested four police officers from the Public Order Policing Unit in connection with the murder of Mthokozisi Ntumba.

Ipid confirmed the arrests of the four officers on Monday.

“The four officers will appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court on Wednesday the 17 March 2021 and they are facing charges of murder, attempted murder and defeating the course of justice,” Cola maintained.


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