Minister of Police, Bheki Cele has called out Julius Malema after the EFF leader made statements condoning police violence.
Speaking at a rally in the Free State this weekend, Malema told party members in the crowd to fight the police, even outside of demonstrations.
“We will treat them the same way we treated them in the ’80s. We will not only fight them at the picket lines. We will fight them in their homes, with their own families. We are not scared of the police,” Malema said, according to TimesLIVE.
“We will see you after you take off the uniform at night, at home, when you are about to eat pap. We’ll arrive and say, ‘How are you? Repeat the nonsense you were saying earlier when you were in uniform in the street.’
“You’ll hear a person saying, ‘Fighter, Fighter, I’m with you’,” he added.
Malema’s statements were not well received and the Minister of Police, Cele did not hold back in his condemnation of Malema’s utterances.
“I think the EFF leader has crossed the line. You are not going to threaten the police and think they will just fold their arms. The job of the police is clear and is prescribed in the constitution, which is to protect, prevent, combat and investigate crime.
“Police are also there to uphold and enforce the law, so no-one has the right to threaten the police when they conduct their work,” Cele said. “The threats to the lives of police members and their families will not be tolerated.”
Malema also said that he wants racists to feel uncomfortable in South Africa so that they can leave the country.
“Whether they like it or don’t like it, it’s just a matter of time, we are going to everywhere for racists and there will not be a hole for racists. Take a flight or ship out of SA, because they will no longer be comfortable in SA,” Malema said.
This comes in the wake of highly charged confrontations between alleged racists, EFF members and the SAPS in the Brackenfell protests last week.