Johannesburg - Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula repeated on Tuesday his defence of a recent remark in Parliament that people who "whinged" about crime should leave the country.
He told editors and journalists at a police media day in Johannesburg his words were directed at three negative opposition MPs taking part in the debate during his budget vote.
"This (whinging remark) was meant for them... this was politicking. I was politicking - they were politicking.
"... I would never say people who complained about crime should leave the country."
His statements in parliament were extracted from a letter to the editor of a Johannesburg daily newspaper and formed an article in another Gauteng newspaper.