One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane also chimed in, saying Cele and his government have no respect for people.
“Minister Cele may not have liked what was said to him or how his own words were being received. As a government official that was poor conduct. The manhandling of the citizen was an abuse of power by the police and we should not accept this behaviour,” said Maimane.
“While it may have been hard for him to hear these words, these remarks did not warrant the behaviour from the minister of police. Citizens have a right to raise their concerns robustly. This was robust but respectful engagement.”
DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille mocked Cele and said at least he “arrested” someone when Cameron was escorted out of the venue by police and security officials.
“Good for you Ian Cameron. Stand firm! Strangely enough, when Bheki Cele has you arrested, you generally know you are doing the right thing,” she said.
The Action Society said it would lay charges and complaints against Cele and members of the police who removed Cameron.
The lobby group said it will also lodge a complaint with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and request it to investigate the alleged misconduct of the police who ejected Cameron from the meeting and deprived him of his right to liberty and bodily integrity.
“Finally, I will lodge a criminal complaint against Bheki Cele and the SAPS members who physically accosted me,” Cameron said.