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Mbalula's pen is mightier than his mouth

By unknown | Nov 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

DEPUTY Police Minister Fikile Mbalula was right when he said, "the crime statistics paint a grim picture and sound alarm bells in so far as violent and contact crimes are concerned".

He used a mellow tone in his article in Sowetan. The piece made sense and many issues were clarified.

Mbalula should do the same before he opens his mouth on national TV. His statement on TV news: "When you are caught in combat with criminals, innocent people will die," still rings in everybody's ears.

The view that fighting fire with fire will solve crime is anomalous as he correctly pointed out: "Innocent people will die."

We can't watch our backs all the time and worry that the police may mistake our bag for a gun and shoot us dead.

Citizens don't have his VIP protection and that necessitates us to be frank. We still say: "Shoot-to-kill" is no solution.

Mbalula says he encourages public discourse and that is anomalous because he wrote: "We will not be intimidated into submission in our efforts to act decisively."

We are not intimidating anyone. We are saying sober decisions must be taken and "shoot-to-kill" isn't one of them.

So far, our trigger-happy police have not acted decisively. They abuse their powers.

Not so long ago, they shot a Pretoria street vendor who wanted them to pay for the sweets they were stealing from him.

Mbalula said the police who act this way will be dealt with. I say, any police officer who acts this way should be jailed for life and be considered for parole after 25 years. That will be acting decisively.

Dimakatso Mokwena,Tzaneen


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