Three people were killed and 11 injured in Elsies in Cape Town on Monday. Since then Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula has been on a mission to make the criminals pay. Mbalula vowed that the citizens will see action like they have never seen before.
“Ek wil dit in Afrikaans se: die tsotsis sal k*k! [I want to say it in Afrikaans: the criminals are in trouble].”
“We are going to make it unbearable for criminals. When people see the police, they must see the Messiah. Gangsters are running amok, they declare war. They have literally seized power, they are a state within the state.”
He went on to say that the nation is terrorised.
“There are no-go areas where criminals have taken over‚ they hide weapons under the mattresses‚ they terrorise the nation. They put our people [police] on their payroll so that they are neutralised in reporting crime in their areas‚” he said.
According to Sowetan Live, the Western Cape government has previously complained about lack of policing resources. Mbalula allegedly promised to sharpen strategies based on the lack of resources.
“Eleven people were injured‚ three youngsters were killed by coldblooded by criminals. This is the nation we are living in. Those people didn’t have weapons‚ those kids were playing in the streets‚ those kids wanted to feel safe,” he said.
Mbalula was also seen passing condolences to one of the families whose son died at the shooting.
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