Poverty linked to crime: Mthethwa

By Drum Digital
15 November 2013

The fight against crime cannot be separated from the war on want, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said .

The fight against crime cannot be separated from the war on want, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said .

Speaking at Business Against Crime SA's gala dinner in Sandton, the minister said contact crimes such as murder, rape and assault occurred in environments which did not allow for a decent social and family life.

"This speaks to the challenge of addressing the three resilient fault lines, which are unemployment, poverty and inequality," Mthethwa said.

He said that with recent crimes against toddlers, teenagers, and the elderly, police had been blamed fairly and unfairly for not doing enough to protect citizens against such crimes.

"Various independent voices have expressed what should be done and we have listened and engaged them," he said.

Mthethwa urged parents to work hand in hand with police in protecting their children, as it was their responsibility as much as it was the police's to guarantee their well-being.

"Violence against women, children and the elderly is still prevalent in our society," he said.

"This phenomenon militates against our national effort of creating a caring and humane society, underpinned by values of human solidarity, justice, peace and development."

Measures were being taken and strengthened to stop crimes committed against women, children and the elderly.

Mthethwa called on business to play a more prominent role in the battle against such crimes.

- SAPA

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