Mthethwa's cop comments distasteful - DA

2013-07-29 18:04

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa is trying to score political points by blaming the Western Cape government for the killing of police officers in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha, the DA said on Monday.

"His comments today were distasteful, insensitive and an insult to the grieving families of these police officers," DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said in a statement.

"The only people to blame for the deaths of our police officers are criminals, who have no respect for the police."

She said Mthethwa should pay more attention to this fact.

Earlier, Mthethwa said the Western Cape community safety department's criticism of the police service reinforced the idea that officers did not deserve respect.

"What we are saying is that criticising the police is not a problem if they think there are weaknesses. But if they say nothing positive, they open them [the police] up to criminal attack," he told Sapa.

Mthethwa spoke to reporters in Mitchell’s Plain on Monday morning following the fatal shootings of two policemen in Cape Town on Sunday night.

He said the province had the highest number of attacks on police.

The DA called on Mthethwa to retract his comments.

"[He must] stop abusing his position to make irresponsible statements. Instead, he should be proactive and launch an investigation into the causes and extent of police killings," Kohler-Barnard said.

The DA intended asking Parliament to summon Mthethwa to explain what he would do to better protect police officers in the Western Cape and the rest of the country.

  • Rampant - 2013-07-29 18:31

    For holding office and making comments like this, the man is nothing but a CHEAP SKATE!

  • Miguel Capelo - 2013-07-29 18:35

    You don't get more disgusting than this. A policeman who loses his/her life serving their community should not be used as a pawn in a political battle. TRUE PIGGERY THIS!

  • Amanda Matthews - 2013-07-29 18:57

    Furthermore Mthethewa you have just sealed your fate by NOT responding to Helen Zille's pleas for further Police Reinforcements in the Western Cape.

  • John Smith - 2013-07-29 19:34

    Killing of police is caused by the arrogant behaviour of maltrained thick thugs who don't have a clue about criminal procedures who apply the thick arrogant corrupt Cele's shoot to kill policy thinking they are the MASTER not the SERVANT! I am not surprised.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-07-29 19:42

    Covering up his inability to plan, lead, organise and control his force as a Police Minister.

  • gratton.rush - 2013-07-29 19:48

    How many lives need to be lost in this country before this guy is moved on Being back Cole he has 10 times the capacity of this guy

  • Desmond J Nair - 2013-07-29 20:11

    Minister Mthethwa, stop behaving like a child and get down to some serious business for a change. The reality is that South African's are sick and tired of living with out of control crime. You have failed to protect us.

  • Chabalala Grey Bongani - 2013-07-29 20:17

    ist me or Mthethwa looks like Phiega?

  • Hetty Oliver - 2013-07-29 20:26

    Another one who doesn't THINK before he opens his mouth!!!

  • Zg Bosch - 2013-07-29 20:44

    They all need a red cards...we need sobriety and direction,not this MICKY MOUSE business created by cadre deployment of clueless leaders.You should have at least kept quiet Nathi to save the berieved families more pain.

  • Cherri Pye - 2013-07-29 20:50

    Hmmm....I'm beginning to wonder if these hits on WC policemen aren't just another part of the plan to make this province look bad.

  • loveandre - 2013-07-29 21:37

    What a pity! Always easier to lay the blame elsewhere. This country has gone from Hero to Zero in nineteen years.

  • Alex Inyanga Dowding - 2013-07-30 03:46

    This guy and Phiyega both give SAPS a k*k name. Fire them please so that some modicum of respect can be returned to the South African Police Service.

  • Blackhole_Sun - 2013-07-30 06:37

    The anc will try anything to make the DA look bad. Mthethwa should focus on doing his job instead of playing politician, he is partly to blame for the all time low/useless state saps is in.

  • Jon Low - 2013-07-30 07:57

    Mthethwa is their minister. It's HIS job to look after them. He deploys them. He pays their wages.

  • Ganon Difference Nhubunga - 2013-07-30 08:25

    The best run Province with the worst drug pushers, all criminals from around the world are hiding in Western Cape,de Province with the most racists, the Province were Africans are told they are brainless, the Province where if you tell them Mandela had been released from Roben Island, dey will laugh at you thinking you are high on drugs like them. The Province where dey attack blind people and de 'brain' people make a joke about it 'cause dey are high on drugs. De Province which thinks it is not part of the new RSA, who cares about a bunch of racists who just accepted a fellow drug pusher convict from Eastern Cape as one of their best find in their ranks. Who cares about racists, all their black members speak with accent to demonstrate dat it is a mistake dat dey have black texture. I blame all this rubbish on Agang & EFF. May you enjoy insulting me & everything black, may you have heart attacks, may you loose elections & remain with you Cape Town full of drug dealers, coupe organizers, mafias and all bad people filling all those expensive mansions and making sure our Coloured brothers are fed drugs by those International Mafios, who fund Demonic Alliance (DA). May you go to hell & meet your father, Satan, because you are living a lie. De only thing that Jan van Riebeck brought in 1652 was oppression and poverty. Everything had been looted & taken to Europe & we were given mirrors in return. Go & rot. That is me 'brainless' & will enjoy de new RSA, like it or not!!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-30 08:38

    Mthethwa is a pencil that hasn't been sharpened. He will try to score political points from fried turds, if at all possible. Just another member of this failure called government.

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