'Competent, qualified people should be acquired to head crime intelligence'

Mbalula was speaking at a media briefing at the SAPS headquarters announcing agreements between the police and AgriSA on safety at rural areas and farms.

FILE: Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

PRETORIA - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says rogue elements in the police’s crime intelligence needs to be removed.

The minister says he has given instructions to get rid of those officers who are not supposed to be at the helm, referring to them as crop that should be chopped out.

Mbalula was speaking at a media briefing at the SAPS headquarters announcing agreements between the police and AgriSA on safety at rural areas and farms.

Mbalula says crime intelligence is a mockery which is involved in conducting illegal operations.

“The law cannot be abused for political expediency and those who are in pockets of power in those areas misuse that.”

He says the law cannot be abused for political gains, and that competent and qualified people should be acquired to head the intelligence.

Mbalula says some of those who are at the helm are not concerned about public safety.

“What they are doing is not about national security, it about narrow political acts.”

On agreements between the SAPS and AgriSA, Mbalula assured the organisation that the police will work hard to fight farm killings, and that police stations will be reinforced to respond to such cases through new trainees.