Bheki Cele Claims People With Tattoos Cannot Serve in the Police Force as They Show a Tendency to Be Gangsters. A video of South Africa’s Police Minister, Bheki Cele claiming that SAPS will not hire people with tattoos has been circulating online.
Cele made the controversial comment during his address to the residents of Orlando East following the fatal mass shooting at a local tavern. The official claims that body ink indicates a tendency to be involved in gangsterism and therefore he wants to deny people with tattoos being a member of the police force.
A video clip of Police Minister Bheki Cele claiming that people with tattoos will not be considered eligible to work for the SAPS has caused a stir online.
The footage was taken during Cele’s address in Orlando East following the fatal mass shooting at a local tavern where 15 people died in the early hours of Sunday morning, 10 July.
The minister said 11 police detectives have been deployed to the township to investigate the brutal murders and the police tactical response team. Amabherethe will also be deployed to assist the police in their investigation, according to eNCA.
He also said that the police are looking for five assailants. As part of his address, Cele was also heard saying that those interested in being members of the police must not have tattoos as that indicates that they have a tendency to be a gangster and will not be hired.
South African social media users had a lot to say about the minister’s comment, with many reducing it to a senseless view and backward thinking.
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