A minority holds us all to ransom

2009-08-29 10:30

THE South African Police Service is shocked to note that there are people in

this country who support those accused of having committed serious crimes.

Last week’s article, headlined “No bling without the king”, quoted some

so-called celebrities praising a suspect in serious crimes such as armed

robberies and hijackings as the “king of bling”.

Heaping praise on him and likening him to “the township Robin Hood” is


It is unbelievable that famous people such as Khanyi Mbau are being quoted as

saying, “He (William Mbatha)takes from the rich and gives to the poor” and he is

“a friend who helped many people”.

If South Africa, which is a progressive democratic country, still has people

who do not respect the Constitution and resort to violence and greed as a means

of making ends meet, then we have a serious challenge in eradicating crime.

The SAPS would like to advise and warn young people in particular not to be

duped by these “misguided missiles” into believing that crime pays. No, crime

does not pay.

It is a fallacy to think that anyone can get away with their evil deeds. As

the SAPS, we say: you can run but you can never hide. The law will eventually

catch up with you and take you to where you belong.

Criminals belong in jail. They are not fit to live among decent and

law-abiding people.

We call upon all the people of South Africa to support the SAPS in our quest

to rid South Africa of the Robin Hoods of this country.

The citizens, especially the youth, must be discouraged from hero-worshipping

criminals who own posh houses, wear designer clothes and drive flashy cars –

material possession which they acquired through the proceeds of crime. These

hoodlums, whose hands are dripping with the blood of innocent people, must be

named and shamed, isolated and locked up in jail, and their role-model status


Last week, we buried one of the law-abiding citizens of this country: Force

Khashane, the editor of Pace magazine, who was brutally murdered for his meagre

possessions by faceless scoundrels.

How many people must die before South Africans can say in unison: “Enough is

enough” and join the police in fighting the scourge of crime?

It is time we stopped supporting criminals. We must be sympathetic and

supportive to all victims of crime – rich or poor, regardless of their political

affiliation, creed or race.

The recently launched police campaign called Operation Washa Tsotsi needs to

be supported by all and must be felt by criminals and their supporters, who are

in the minority.

Finally, let us demonstrate through our collective resolve that this is not a

country that supports criminality, but one that upholds the Constitution and

fundamental human rights of every individual, citizens and foreigners alike.

- Joseph Ngobeni, Assistant Commissioner, SA Police Service


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