Police Minister Mbalula wages war on violent protestors

The new Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula addressed South African Police Service (Saps) officials for the first time in Pretoria on Tuesday, vowing to put a stop to violent protests.

Those who are doing violent protest we are saying they must stop if they don't stop we will stop them.

Fikile Mbalula, newly appointed Minister of Police

The Constitution doesn't say we must stop those who are protesting, including those who are in the streets saying that and that about the President we will allow them to say what they like...

Fikile Mbalula, newly appointed Minister of Police

Gareth Newham from the Institute for Security Studies says he doesn't think the trained public order policing officials take seriously messages by politicians when it sounds like they've been asked to act outside the law.

He says from the work they did with the Marikana Commission he has learned that some of these comments do have the effect of encouraging wrongdoing in some police officials.

The police have to act in such a way that upholds human rights, they act with the highest level of professionalism and that they only ever use the minimum amount of force necessary allowable by law...

Gareth Newham from the Institute for Security Studies

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