Whatever you may think of him, Fikile Mbalula, our new Minster of Police, gives good press conferences, each one presenting an opportunity to add new words or phrases to his ever-growing unique lexicon. On Wednesday Mbalula, announced himself the “new Sheriff in town”, and set out plans for his ministry for the coming year. Along the way he made the alarming revelation that head of the Hawks, Mthandazo Ntlemeza, had gone rogue and is hiding in safe houses in Gauteng plotting his revenge. Oh, he also accused roving gangs of Zimbabwean ex-combatants for much of the crime in the country. But between the bluster, bombast and comic book portrait of the country's criminal landscape, were some encouraging plans and a few raging red flags. By MARIANNE THAMM.