Love him or hate him, but you can’t ignore police minister Bheki Cele. Yes, I know, you are probably shaking your head that someone should be so inconsiderate as to even mention that name.

For as long as I have known him, since the early 1990s when he was a political activist in KwaZulu-Natal, Cele’s major fault has been his honesty and frankness. He lacks diplomacy. That is why it is easy to perceive him as a buffoon. One sometimes gets a sense that Cele does not think before he speaks. Every time he is on television I find myself holding my breath or cringing. I imagine members of the liquor lobby — rich, powerful and influential — do the same...

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