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Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says there is a smear campaign against him. Photo by Andrew Mkhondo  ~ 

POLICE Minister Fikile Mbalula said a report suggesting he had taken control of crime intelligence is part of a campaign against him.

“I know who’s been leaking such information to the media.”

Speaking in Pretoria yesterday, Mbalula said there was a perception that policing had been politicised, but he is just focusing on the business of fighting crime.

He said cops are sometimes promoted without direction or planning.

“When I question that, I’m told it is executive overreach. I’m not sleeping on duty or idling. I fight corruption,” he said.

He said he has regular meetings with all police divisions, and that acting national commissioner Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba often attends.

“I have a professional relationship with the commissioner.

“He is not my uncle or friend but a professional who has been with the police since the 1980s. We don’t agree on everything but in the end we find each other.”

He said police officers with criminal records should be investigated.

“Out of 194 000 cops, over 99% are hardworking and professional in their conduct.”

He said the police has a target to cut crime by 2% a year up to 2030.

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