2008-04-10 : Kill the bastards, minister tells police

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2008-04-10 : Kill the bastards, minister tells police

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-05-16 10:56

Kill the bastards, minister tells police

Graeme Hosken
April 10 2008 at 06:52AM

Police have been given the licence to kill by a deputy minister.

"You must kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community. You
must not worry about the regulations. That is my responsibility. Your
responsibility is to serve and protect," were the fiery words of Deputy
Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu at an anti-crime imbizo in
Pretoria West on Wednesday.

Shabangu, who received a standing ovation, was responding to questions on
what police and the government were doing to curb crime.

Residents of Danville, Pretoria West, Lotus Gardens, Hercules and
Elandspoort complained about the "pathetic excuses" given by police
allegedly unable or unwilling to deal with crime.

"I want to assure the police station commissioners and policemen and women
from these areas that they have permission to kill these criminals.

"I won't tolerate any pathetic excuses for you not being able to deal with
crime. You have been given guns, now use them.

"I want no warning shots. You have one shot and it must be a kill shot. If
you miss, the criminals will go for the kill. They don't miss. We can't
take this chance.

"Criminals are hell-bent on undermining the law and they must now be dealt
with. If criminals dare to threaten the police or the livelihood or lives
of innocent men, women and children, they must be killed. End of story.
There are to be no negotiations with criminals.

"The constitution says criminals must be kept safe, but I say No!

"I say we must protect the law-abiding people and not the criminals. I say
that criminals must be made to pay for their crimes," she said.

Lashing out at corrupt and incompetent police officials, Shabangu said the
community had a voice and should use it, especially when it came to crime.

"If you feel you're not being listened to or your rights are being
infringed, stand up and make your voice heard.

"A policeman has to help you. He has taken an oath to serve and protect
and can't decide who and when he wants to serve and protect.

"You must not accept excuses from police who say they can't help you
because the crime didn't happen in their precinct. They have no choice.
This is not an issue open for debate," she said to Loraine de Vries, who
claimed a Pretoria West inspector had refused to help her because she
lived in another suburb.

Responding to questions on police either responding late or not at all to
emergencies, Shabangu said if a person wasn't happy with the response,
they should take it up with the station commissioner.

"You have a right to know why police respond late or not at all. It's your
life on the line. That's another thing that's not up for debate. Police
have to respond, whether they like it or not."

Appealing to communities for help in the fight against crime, Shabangu
welcomed the questions.

"The only way we have a true picture of what's happening is through
imbizos like this. We need more interaction if we're to win the war on

"We need communities to get involved with us in order to restore law and
order and in order for our country to have a future. If we don't, our
children won't have a future.

"We need to take back our homes, our streets, our cities and our country
and the only way we can do it is with the help of the people.

"You are our answer in the fight against crime," she said.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on
April 10, 2008
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