Police Minister Fikile April Mbalula on Friday relaunched the police's specialised Tactical Response Team. PHOTO: Jonisayi Maromo/ANA

Pretoria - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Friday charged the specialised Tactical Response Team (TRT) to "crush the criminals' balls" as he re-launched the elite militarised unit in Pretoria.

"TRT members who are going to be deployed in Gauteng, I don't want to see you only in taverns. I want to see you everywhere, where criminals think they are in charge. I want to see you in the highways, wherever criminals congest and come together, we must unsettle them. We must squeeze them," Mbalula said as he addressed police officers at the South African Police Service's training academy, west of Pretoria.

"If they have balls, we must crush them. We must crush their balls. [For] the other opposite sex, I wouldn't say what we must do because women in our country are not criminals. They are honourable women, they are being aired to become criminals. Our women and girlfriends are not criminals. They are corrupted by us, men."

Mbalula was flanked by acting national police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Gary Kruser and head of the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) Lieutenant General Elias Mawela at the event.

South African Police Minister Fikile April Mbalula at the relaunch of the police's specialised Tactical Response Team in Pretoria. PHOTO: Jonisayi Maromo/ANA

The outspoken police minister was re-launching the recently bolstered TRT and police tracking teams. 

A statement issued by the SAPS said their Operational Response Services Division has ensured members of TRT and tracking teams undergo refresher courses and are certified competent to continue serving in demanding medium to high risk operations. The teams have been reinforced with the necessary skills and resources to provide a professional and effective service to create a safe and secure environment for all in South Africa. 

African News Agency