WATCH: Police Minister Mbalula talks tough in maiden address

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Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula caused a stir recently when he revoked the privileges of several sporting codes to host or bid to stage any international events, due to a lack of transformation.

PRETORIA – Fikile Mbalula has decided to prioritise the high morale of officers during his term as Police Minister.

Mbalula delivered his maiden speech at the police training college in Pretoria West on Tuesday.

While acknowledging that police have one of the most thankless jobs, he urged officers who were on the payroll of criminals to change their ways.

"The role of the SAPS is work with communities to ensure that we put criminals in their place," Mbalula said.

The former sports minister encouraged officers to 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.

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