Ballsy Mbalula de­fends crude talk

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Ernest Mabuza

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.”

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