POLICE Minister Fikile Mbalula has left millions of South Africans divided and confused.

People took to social media expressing their concern about the words used by the minister when he addressed 200 cops sent to be part of the Tactical Response Team.

The TRT, known as amaberete, was relaunched at the Tshwane Police Academy on Friday.

Among other things, Mbalula said police must “make the criminals piss and squash their balls”.

“I am saying to you, our men and women of the police, the criminals must piss and make them drink it,” he said.

Some people agree with his methods, while others feel innocent people will be victimised.

DA deputy shadow minister of police Diane Kohler-Barnard said Mbalula was being irresponsible.

“Mbalula’s encouragement of violent conduct follows in the footsteps of his disgraced predecessors, Susan Shabangu and Bheki Cele,” she said.

They called on Mbalula to apologise for his “inappropriate and juvenile” comments, but Facebook user Mandla Mlotshwa said it was time the police became hard on thieves. “People do not respect police because they have gone soft. We need a stronger hand to put things in order,” he said.

Mbalula said they were resuscitating the amaberete in Gauteng precisely because they wanted to respond accurately and decisively against criminals.