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Defence Minister says most crime lords are foreigners

Thandi Modise

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of South Africa Thandi Modise, has defended the use of criminal suspects’ nationalities by police and also stated that most of the leaders of the criminal syndicates are foreigners.

“The truth of the matter is that most (criminal) syndicates are not run by South Africans and we are not ashamed to say that. We need to say ‘come stay with us if you are legal’ … if you are illegal approach us for help. If you are illegal we are also not going to be apologetic about it but please respect us,” Modise said.

During the justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing, Modise said the SAPS has embarked on nationwide recruitment of at least 12 000 youth to join it before the end of the year.

Furthermore, she articulated, “I have no problem with the police keeping mum on the nationalities of suspects but I think that sometimes we are too shy to say, to people who cross our borders both legally and illegally and reside amongst us who do not respect our laws and traditions and cultures, that we are fed up.”

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