Minister Bheki Cele and popular Ukhozi FM personality Zim Dollar are engaged in a heated war of words. The South African Police Minister has accused Zim Dollar of using the public broadcast to promote the killing of police officers.
The controversy began when Cele made these claims during the funeral of NIU warrant officer Sithembiso Mazibuko, who was tragically gunned down in Ntuzuma.
Cele and Zim Dollar, whose real name is Zimiphi Biyela, have been at loggerheads ever since Biyela made a reckless statement on her radio show two weeks ago.
Cele, in his recent speech, publicly called out Biyela for her comments and even suggested that she must be happy about the murder of officer Mazibuko.
Minister of Police Bheki Cele claims that two weeks ago, a Ukhozi FM DJ named Zimdollar called for the killing of NIU officers on live radio!!
— TK_Nala 📚 (@NalaThokozane) October 22, 2023
However, the public’s response to Cele’s accusations has been mixed. Some believe that there is no direct link between what Zim Dollar said and the killing of the officer. They argue that Cele is simply blaming others for his failure to effectively combat crime as the Minister of Police.
Social media has also been abuzz with opinions on the matter. One user, @2020EnufIsEnuf, questioned Cele’s qualifications outside of his “struggle credentials.” Another user, @jozitube, criticized Cele for his impromptu speeches at funerals, suggesting that as a minister, he should know how to handle such situations better.
On the other hand, there are those who support Cele’s stance. They argue that Zim Dollar’s comments may have contributed to a negative perception of the police force, which could potentially incite violence against officers.
However, many still believe that Cele is deflecting blame and failing to take responsibility for the high crime rates during his tenure as Minister of Police.