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Mbalula unaware of ‘revenge attack’ after Vanderbijlpark house raid

Fikile Mabalula says unlike criminals, officers must never be placed in a situation where they fear for their lives.

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula prepares for an escorted trip to the alleged drug house in Vanderbijl Park where Nigerian Nationals assaulted SAPS members. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says he's unaware of claims that officers returned to a Vanderbijlpark house which was raided earlier this month in what’s been described as a revenge attack.

A group of foreigners had accused police of killing one of their members, while the SAPS says the man's lifeless body was found in the house when they arrived.

Police watchdog Ipid is now investigating claims colleagues of five officers who were injured later returned to the house and ransacked it to send a message.

Mbalula addressed Vanderbijlpark officers at the Shakespeare Stadium, applauding them for the way they responded to threats made by those inside the house during the raid.

“Whether that policeman is wrong or right because he is wearing a uniform, he must be respected.”

Mbalula says unlike criminals, officers must never be placed in a situation where they fear for their lives.

“I hear many stories of police killing people and all of that, it doesn’t matter, we must work for the maintenance of the rule of law.”

Police are still waiting for an autopsy report to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found inside the house.

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