Newly appointed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, this morning, was honored with a special welcome parade by the Police force in Pretoria.
Yesterday, the minister announced on his Twitter page that the acting national commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Khomotso Phahlane will host a parade on Tuesday 4, April in the honor of himself and his deputy Bongani Mkongi.
SAPS Parade to welcome the new Minister and the Deputy Minister pic.twitter.com/EtOuoQHQZr
— RSA Min of Police (@MbalulaFikile) April 3, 2017
The parade kicked off a few hours ago at Rugby field, SAPS Tshwane Academy, in Pretoria.
Highlights of the occasion were the introduction of SAPS leadership to the Minister and his Deputy by the Acting National Commission, parade salute by the police force, and the reading of the minister’s maiden speech.
— RSA Min of Police (@MbalulaFikile) April 4, 2017
Delivering his maiden speech, the minister promised the following:
- To prioritize the high morale of officers during his term as Police Minister.
- To ensure police officers protect themselves at all costs, against the wrath of heavily armed criminals, adding that he would like to see “fitter officers” in the line of duty.
- To deal mercilessly with anyone who kills a police officer.
- To see to it that new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba pumps more money to take “good care” of police and allow them to buy more guns.
- To put criminals in their right place, stressing that “our relationship with criminals is chalk & cheese, we won’t be governed by them in this country”.
On the destruction of state property, the minister told protesters: “You have the right to protests but we will never allow you to destroy the infrastructure of our people.”
Police minister Fikile Mbalula also held a media briefing immediately after the parade, where he told the police that he will soon embark on a national roadshow for firsthand experience plus knowledge of the challenges faced by communities.
Since after his swearing-in, Mbalulu’s Twitter’s page has been on fire, having taken recent reports on crime to the social media.
The former sports minister has once served as Deputy Minister of Police in the cabinet of Jacob Zuma and later became the Minister of Sport and Recreation after President Jacob Zuma changed his cabinet.
Following a controversial reshuffling in the cabinet on 31 March 2017, Mbalula was appointed as Minister of Police taking over from Nathi Nhleko.