Ballsy Mbalula defends crude talk
POLICE Minister Fikile Mbalula yesterday defended the use of “vulgar” language and said the words he used were figurative and meant to encourage police to fight criminals.
The South African Police Union warned on Thursday that it would seek legal advice if Mbalula did not stop using vulgar language in his public addresses.
In re-launching the police’s Tactical Response Team in Pretoria last week‚ Mbalula said: “Wherever criminals congest and come together‚ we must unsettle them. If they’ve got balls‚ we must crush them.”
Mbalula also told the police to be hard on criminals and make them “drink their own urine”. This raised the ire of the police union. However‚ at a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday‚ Mbalula said he never talked about testicles.
“I said balls. Squeeze the balls, it is figurative. It does not mean we must kill people. It means you must make it unbearable for those who practise crime to basically have a space to manoeuvre‚” Mbalula said. He maintained this was a figure of speech. “If you squeeze the balls . . . I am communicating to say we must be intolerable to criminals who are making our country and citizens not to enjoy their freedom.”