Police minister Fikile Mbalula has warned police officers still loyal to General Berning Ntlemeza that they are “doing illegal operations” if they still obey his orders.
The new police minister was speaking at the SAPS training academy in Pretoria on Tuesday following his first 25 days in office.
Mbalula said he was aware of “rogue elements” within the police who were still loyal to Ntlemeza and who were undertaking operations he considered illegal.
“I am aware about their operations working in safe houses to undertake operations against the minister of police‚” he said.
“I am aware of them and I am coming for them‚” Mbalula said.
He warned that the illegality in the country must come to an end.
“We don’t allow rogue police officers using state resources to undermine the state. We can’t allow that‚” he said.
“Those illegal operations you are undertaking in safe houses‚ those safe houses must chase criminals and not chase law abiding citizens. I am not going to allow that‚” he said.
“You must chase criminals. I want criminals behind the door (in jail). You are working 24 hours to do an illegal operation‚ we are not going to allow that.
“The law is protecting me and I am going to unleash the law to ensure that I achieve the mission to deal with rogue elements masquerading as intelligence officers‚ doing rogue things in this country‚” he said.
Mbalula fired warning shots at those he deemed to be “rogue elements” saying he was coming after them with the full might of the law behind him.
He warned “there is a new sheriff in town” and that he was there to uphold the law.
– TMG Digital/TimesLIVE