Foul jargon

WE ARE naturally excited that the government is talking tough about fighting crime. We accept that public confidence is raised by tough action but we concede that it is also important to hear that the government intends to do something about our plight.

WE ARE naturally excited that the government is talking tough about fighting crime. We accept that public confidence is raised by tough action but we concede that it is also important to hear that the government intends to do something about our plight.

We were, however, disappointed that Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula sought to compromise an important message by using language we find inappropriate for an elected public official.

By announcing that the new crime plan will be called "Operation Wanya Tsotsi", which translated means that criminals will defecate, Mbalula contrived to ensure that we paid inordinate attention to the name rather than the plan.

He should remember that he is no longer a leader of a youth formation given to inflammatory language.

He is now a cabinet minister from whom a lot of decorum is expected.

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