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On your donkeys, SA police told
South African Security Minister Charles Nqakula
Nqakula has previously criticised those who 'whinge' about crime
South Africa's police minister has told police that they can ride donkeys or bicycles to get to crime scenes if they do not have cars.

Speaking at a police awards ceremony, Charles Nqakula said police who failed to do their job could quit the service.

South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime.

Earlier this year, the minister sparked controversy when he told opposition MPs that if they wanted to "Whinge" about crime, they could leave the country.

But speaking at the ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, he urged the police and the South African public alike to be less tolerant of crime.

"If you don't have a car, ride a bicycle or a donkey," Mr Nqakula said in response to police who offered the excuse of not having transport when investigating crimes, reports the Pretoria News newspaper.

"We are living in a society where tolerance is allowing people to get away with murder. I will not condone policemen and women who say they cannot help the people they have sworn to help.

"If you cannot or are not willing to do your job then get out of the organisation," he said.

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