As long as communities sit back, crime will reign - Mchunu

2015-11-13 12:45
KZN Transport MEC Willies Mchunu

KZN Transport MEC Willies Mchunu

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Durban - It is very clear to see that communities not actively involved in their areas are more vulnerable to crime.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, Willies Mchunu, has called on ordinary citizens to "aid in the fight against crime".

He was reacting to a question during a business stakeholder meeting held by the police ministry on Friday at the eBandla Hotel in Ballito.

Mchunu was asked if there were plans to incentivise Community Policing Forums (CPF). He said the CPFs were meant to bring communities together to fight crime and urged politicians and residents to assist.

"It is vital for councillors to join these structures and represent people. But we are also saying that the people must be active in this regard. It is very clear to see that communities that are not active are more vulnerable to crime," said Mchunu.

"A CPF is a structure that is a bridge between the ordinary South African and our crime fighters. Crime is a problem we must all help solve," he added.

Also speaking on the high levels of crime, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko gave examples of "societal challenges" facing South African communities.

"In the Eastern Cape, an area in Port Elizabeth has 535 taverns," said Nhleko. "The same area has just 232 schools. This kind of social set-up means we need to aggressively address our vices as South Africans. The time to sit back is done."

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