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Mbalula warns police against getting involved in politics

Addressing the hundreds of officers, Mbalula called on officers not to allow criminals to get away with threatening the safety of ordinary citizens.

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on police officers and management not to get involved in party politics.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union has been hosting its central executive committee meeting in Irene in Pretoria since Thursday, ending on Sunday.

Addressing the hundreds of officers, Mbalula called on officers not to allow criminals to get away with threatening the safety of ordinary citizens.

“It cannot happen in our country that thugs and criminals are doing as they wish. You look at the social media, they are playing with money. They steal it and then they post it to call for your bluff. They are rampant, they are arrogant. We must squeeze them, we must squeeze them and make it a point that never will they play in any party with stolen filthy money.”

He also urged officers to focus on tackling crime.

“Saps management must not find itself deeply involved in lobbying and campaigns for certain politicians to be minister of police against the other. Comrades, such behaviour is a root to a Gestapo and only creates intransigence and unlawful political conduct.”