Our duty to make SA safer, says Mthethwa

2012-10-05 22:18
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. (GCIS, Sapa)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. (GCIS, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Patriotic South Africans have a duty to make South Africa safer, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the 2012 Tracker SAPS National Awards on Friday.

"This is a duty to take action against criminals who harass our communities," he said in a speech prepared for delivery in Centurion.

This applied not only to police but to society as a whole, as criminals were "our common enemies".

Mthethwa said criminals were often sophisticated.

"It cannot be a foregone conclusion that one is facing petty criminals..."

The government and its partners needed to be one step ahead of those criminals, who would resort even to killing to achieve their objectives.

Jamming devices

"Our research confirmed that the use of remote control devices to prevent the automatic locking of doors... [has] become the second most frequently used modus operandi employed to commit theft out of [or] from motor vehicles..."

Information communication technology systems had the potential to assist in the fight against crime, however there were problems with implementation.

"Admittedly there is currently no clear co-ordination and integration of these systems to achieve synergy. These need to talk to each other," Mthethwa said.

He thanked Tracker for its support in recovery operations.

In 16 years, almost 60 000 stolen and hijacked cars had been recovered by Tracker and the police.

Tracker had also provided 1 400 police vehicles and around 50 aircraft with recovery technology at no cost.

The decline in vehicle crime in recent years was "thanks, in no small part, to this [SA Police Service]-Tracker partnership", he said.

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