Unemployed rural migrants end up committing crimes in urban areas – KZN South Coast CPF chair

2016-07-15 13:34

Durban – People migrating from rural to urban areas resulted in instances of crime on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Derrick Morris said on Friday.

He said people often came from rural areas, hoping for better opportunities to live and work.

"But they end up sleeping in bushes or breaking into cars and homes," he said, referring to the struggle for employment. 

According to Morris, the South Coast - especially the coastal belt - did not suffer too many violent crimes, but said crime was on the increase.

He said there had been instances of petty theft and that they were trying to minimise drinking on beaches.

According to Morris, the network created for residents in the area was exceptional.

"We have the WhatsApp groups, a Yahoo group, as well as a Facebook one."

Morris added that their relationship with police was positive.

"We have an excellent relationship with police. We try to enlighten the public and community regarding what’s happening here. We have a good response at the CPF meetings.

"We have all the security companies who come in and also address the residents on what they have found to be attracting bad elements."

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