- Police Minister Bheki Cele recently slammed Julius Malema for making 'irresponsible threats'
- The EFF leader has, in turn, lashed out dubbing POPCRU 'ANC mascots' and 'bloody fools'
- This comes after the police union condemned Malema for his comments on police during the Brackenfell protests
Julius Malema has reacted to Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, POPCRU, condemning his recent comments aimed at law enforcement.
The union had dubbed Malema's comments 'irresponsible threats after he described police as 'cowards and fools' after the fired rubber bullets at protesters in Brackenfell.
POPCRU feels that Malema's comments could not only endanger the lives of police officials but their families too.
Malema posted his response to these comments online, slamming the organisation as 'bloody fools':
"Voetsek ANC mascots. You never issue statements when your useless members act illegally bloody fools."
The Red Beret leader had addressed supporters in the Free State, challenging police to 'declare' whether or not they wanted a fight, continuing to say:
“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 go to their homes and fight them in their own houses with their own families."
POPCRU feels that the comments could be seen as encouraging lawlessness, saying in a statement that:
“We should never, as South Africans, allow [ourselves] to be dragged into an era wherein resolving whatever differences we have means taking up arms against each other while we have platforms for dialogue.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele had also slammed Malema over his statements, commenting that:
“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."
Cele is adamant that no citizen has the right to threaten police officials when they are performing their duties:
“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."
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