AS IT HAPPENED: Fikile Mbalula: I'm not here to fight journalists, I'm here to fight crime

2017-11-07 13:46

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula says his department is set to reduce crime by 2% a year up to 2030, adding that he isn't a "mere observer" or "ceremonial character", while hitting out at the media for being used by "rogue" forces.

Alex Mitchley is covering the briefing for News24.


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Mbalula: Crime Intelligence is not the only body that I met with. He says he has met with the hawks and he is going to meet with detectives also.

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Mbalula: It may surprise some that no SAPS member may leave SA without my approval

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Mbalula: I am not a mere observer or ceremonial character

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Mbalula says that since his return to police, he has seen that crime prevention is not at the forefront of the department's strategy

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The briefing was expected to start at 14:00.

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Last month Mbalula has warned the country’s crime intelligence unit that he is going after rogue elements within it, and that they are not immune to the law.

News24 revealed at the time that it is suspected that rogue crime intelligence activities are linked to, among other matters, the underworld nightclub security takeover which has resulted in violence around Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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Policing challenges in South Africa

South Africa is confronting a scourge of violent criminality, the Department of Police said in a statement.

Mbalula aims to instill an intelligence led policing approach to prevent and fight crime. "This entails strengthening of the Division of Crime Intelligence."

Employment regulations of SAPS, said his department, are also an important matter for Mbalula.  

"The Minister will also touch on matters arising from his parliamentary interactions and expectations of Parliament and the general public, including other key policy direction matters."

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