Mbalula’s “SAPS must Shoot” remarks horrifying

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The DA in the Western Cape says it is horrified by Minister Fikile Mbalula’s statement that “SAPS must shoot” people who set up shacks on the rail line. The statement was made at the partial re-opening of the Cape Town Central Line on Tuesday, 26 July 2022.

DA Provincial Leader Tertuis Simmers said not only was the re-opening a complete disaster, since the train was delayed and then got stuck between stations, but Mbalula’s reckless instruction to police officers to shoot people on the railway line is nothing short of criminal

“Mbalula’s disgusting approach is the direct opposite of that of Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis who announced that he “wanted to shift from a law enforcement-driven approach to a care intervention programme” where the focus will be to assist homeless people with getting off the streets”.

Simmers reiterated that the Minister must immediately retract the statement and apologise to the public. “He should rather focus on his job and ensure that when he opens railway lines with such fanfare, that the trains are working properly”.

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