The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) has criticised EFF leader Julius Malema for his threats to visit police officers in their homes to fight them for the ill-treatment of his party’s members and women during protests.

On Sunday, Malema complained that the police had been colluding with the white community and abused EFF members in its recent protests against racism in Senekal in the Free State and in Brackenfell in Cape Town.

The party leader said the party would retaliate by visiting cops individually in their homes.

He said “If SA police want a fight they must declare it. We will treat them the same way we treated them in the ’80s.

“We will not only fight them at the picket lines. We will go to their homes and fight them in their own houses with their own families”.

POPCRU spokesperson Richard Mamabolo condemned Malema’s remarks as dangerous and irresponsible.

Mamabolo said “Just as he has done before, verbally attacking the character of our men and women in blue in September for acting out their duties, to an extent where he even labelled their boots as stinky, he has this time around taken his insults to another level, wherein he is encouraging direct violence against members of the SAPS and their families”.

He accused Malema of indirectly calling for lawlessness.

Mamabolo added that “This also happens at a time when we have been pleading with the populace to assist in the fight against police killings, which are on the rise”.