Criminal charges against Cele, Masemola


Andrew Whitfield, the DA’s spokesperson on police, says he will lay a criminal complaint against Bheki Cele, minister of police, and Fannie Masemola, national police commissioner.

The charges relate to the illegal possession of spy equipment, known as a wiretapping device, by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Cele recently admitted that the SAPS illegally purchased the wiretapping device without obtaining the required certificate of exemption – under the Act on the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communications-related Information (Rica) – from the minister of justice.

“The possession of such equipment without a valid exemption certificate is a criminal offence, as the Minister of Justice himself has confirmed,” says Whitfield.

According to the Rica law, the possession, sale, purchase or advertising of equipment such as a listening device is strictly prohibited.

“As leaders of the SAPS, Cele and Masemola knowingly allowed this criminal offense to take place.

“This undermines the rule of law and compromises the right to privacy of every South African,” says Whitfield.