“We should never, as South Africans, allow [ourselves] to be dragged into an era wherein resolving whatever differences we have means taking up arms against each other while we have platforms for dialogue.”
Police minister Bheki Cele also criticised Malema's statements, saying police should never be used as bait for political mileage.
“I think the EFF leader has crossed the line. You are not going to threaten the police and think they will just fold their arms. The job of the police is clear and is prescribed in the constitution, which is to protect, prevent, combat and investigate crime.
“Police are also there to uphold and enforce the law, so no-one has the right to threaten the police when they conduct their work,” Cele said.