Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has condemned the public violence incidents that occurred in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

He says, “No matter how justified people might think they are, taking the law into their own hands does not make them different to the people they accuse of being criminals. People must know we are a democratic state, with competent institutions that could resolve all concerns.”

Mbalula has also urged the police to root out acts of criminality in communities, in particular brothels where the future of young women get destroyed.

He encouraged police to assert their authority over criminals.

“We cannot coexist with criminals, police must smoke criminals out of our communities but our people must work close with the police. If the local police fail them, they must escalate the matter. There are many people of goodwill, we need to pull in one direction and comprehensively respond against act of crime,” adds Mbalula.

He has instructed police to bring order in Rustenburg and work with the people to fight crime.

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