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I am not Mthethwa's ball boy - Mbalula

By Anna Majavu | Nov 13, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

DEPUTY Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says the public should not expect him to be Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's "ball boy".

"I am not a ball boy. I'm the most vibrant and active deputy minister. The other deputy ministers you don't even know. If I ask you who the deputy minister of water affairs is, you will have to take out your notebooks," Mbalula said.

"I am a deputy with substance. My job is not to go around the Waterfront buying groceries and clothes. My task is not to carry the briefcase of a minister."

The outspoken Mbalula again called on the police to "shoot to kill" when dealing with gun-toting criminals.

"Yes! Shoot the bastards, not indiscriminately, but in defence of the innocent against gun-toting criminals."

He said it was unavoidable that civilians would die in the crossfire between police and criminals - but vowed to change the law to encourage police to use lethal force when necessary.

"In the course of any duty the innocent will be victimised," Mbalula told reporters at Parliament.

In a no-holds barred briefing, Mbalula denied reports that he and Mthethwa were not on speaking terms.

Mbalula said Mthethwa had put him in charge of visible policing, administration and working with the 2010 Local Organising Committee, and they were not here "to nurse each others' egos".


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