Prepared to take the state police to a greater level and to ensure a no-nonsense approach to crime, new Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has outlined strategic issues his department will pay attention to in his next hundred days in office.
In his press briefing at the police training college in Pretoria West where he discussed how his strategic plans will be implemented in his administration, the minister said he is out to boost police morale and re-ignite people’s confidence in police services.
The minister also noted that he would make sure that crime will lessen to its barest minimum as he would instill fear in criminals hiding in every part of the country.
In sum, Minister Fikile Mbalula’s first 100 days in office will touch the following areas:
- To transform the police into a community-centric and responsible service
- Draw from all human and material resources to boost the morale of the South African Police Service
- To inspire hope in society, instill fear in criminals as our mantra,
- promote ethical and moral leadership at all levels and spheres of our society
The minister also said he would be revisiting the national crime prevention strategy and its four pillars to further strengthen the criminal justice system, reduce crime through environmental design, to introduce initiatives that induce public values and education and to combat transnational crime
However, Minister Fikile charged South African Citizens to download Tbo Touch’s Touch HD app and the CliffCentral app to report and respond to crime.
“I want you to download that app on your cellphones to fight criminality. So when you enter a zone…it must tell you how many police stations you got, and what the dangers you are facing in the area that you are at. Use your cell phone to report criminality. That’s what I am about,” he said as he concluded the press conference by saying Wanya Tsotsi will be launched next week.
Fikile Mbalula, who was formerly the minister for sports, was among the new ministers moved to other government departments in President Jacob Zuma’s controversial cabinet reshuffle.
He, however, served as the deputy minister of police in 2009 before he was moved to sport in 2010. He is also a member of the ANC National Executive Committee and a former youth league (ANCYL) president.