The police minister Bheki Cele has authorised for immediate National policing interventions to improve crime detection around OR Tambo District in the Eastern Cape after his visit.

This is on the eve of the release of the National Crime Statistics of cases reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The intervention will see detective teams at national level descend on the area. Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, State Security Deputy Minister, Zizi Kodwa on Tuesday visited Bityi in the Eastern Cape. This is where seven family members were massacred.

According to police reports, the relatives were in mourning and arranging for the burial of another family member. Who was also fatally shot last week.

It is alleged that three armed men forced their way into the Tantseka homestead in Bityi and opened fire. Killing seven people aged between 29 and 68. The shooting incident saw residents of Bityi use the Minister’s visit to express their crime concerns. It also include what they term ineffective local policing.


While police are yet to make arrests for the multiple murders. Minister Cele also says whoever commits crime needs to be arrested, this can never be negotiable.

Bheki Cele and Zizi Kodwa
Bheki Cele and Zizi Kodwa

“The Eastern Cape is showing increased cases of organized crime and taxi violence as well as cases of extortion and theft. However, it is worrying that the crimes don’t match the police work. It’s as if criminals just know they will also not get caught.

“This is why I am calling on this national intervention by the SAPS to take this district under its wing. Find the symptoms and provide diagnosis of policing challenges and in the shortest time. Provide full treatment to ensure the stations are empowered to respond efficiently and effectively to crime, on behalf of communities.”

The proposed national policing intervention in the OR Tambo district, will see the detective services of the SAPS and entities of the Police Ministry. Including the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). Together with the Civilian Secretariat for the Police Service work on diagnosis reports on the 18 police stations in the area.

The Police Ministry will on Wednesday, 23 November 2022, release the National Crime Statistics reflecting crimes reported to the SAPS from July and September 2022.