A community member said boots on the ground were needed and that the army should be called in to clean up the region.
Cele took the podium amid a few snarls.
He grilled local councillors for not addressing residents' concerns.
Cele again highlighted SA's social ills, saying in most townships there are more taverns than sport centres, libraries or churches.
Addressing the gang rape, the minister said police had arrested 300 zama zamas, but he was not satisfied.
“I want those people to be found and they must be punished.”
Cele used the opportunity to also clarify his controversial statement earlier in the week after being slated by the media for saying one of the gang-rape victims, a 19-year-old woman, was “lucky, if it is lucky, that she was raped by one man”.
“Sometimes people undermine the pain of you being a human being. That statement, it cannot be that a person was lucky. That's why I qualified it by saying ‘if it is lucky’. In my head I had the weight of 10 woman being raped one after another.”
The crowd grew restless during Cele’s address, with some walking out. However, the minister defended his drawn-out address by saying he listened to 27 people raise their concerns and didn’t see why they would want to leave when he was addressing them.
Cele said among the immediate interventions by the government to address concerns would be:
- A dedicated team of detectives deployed to the area to prioritise cases of GBV, illegal miners and undocumented foreigners.
- A team of social workers deployed to assist women in the community, many of whom raised GBV.
Cele said a delegation of ministers would report back to the community in two weeks with plans to develop and better safeguard residents.