Presidency supports police efforts to fight crime

2009-09-29 13:43

THE police have the support of President Jacob Zuma in their fight

against crime, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said today.

“The fight against crime is supported by the nation, led by the

president,” he told station commissioners ahead of their meeting with Zuma in


Mthethwa said the police had to engage freely with Zuma in sharing

ideas on fighting crime. He said the meeting came at a time when crime

statistics had been released and remedial steps needed to be put in place to

reduce violent crime.

Zuma is meeting with 1?000 station commissioners across the country

to hear their problems and what political support they need to fight


All nine provincial premiers together with their safety MECs and

social justice cluster ministers are attending the meeting.

Speak up about your problems, Zuma urges police commanders

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma today urged police station commanders to speak

up about the problems they face in the war against South Africa’s rocketing

crime rate.

“You must not fear,” Zuma said at an unprecedented meeting with

1?000 station commanders in Pretoria.

“We expect an open and frank discussion. Everyone here has a right

to speak and if we don’t do so we will not be helping the work before us as the

police force.”

Zuma was speaking at the Voortrekker Monument to loud applause from

hundreds of policemen and policewomen.

The president said he believed it was important to meet the police

officials who dealt with the public daily.

“The local police station is the everyday face of the police

service among our people. People’s perceptions of how good or how bad the police

are are based largely on interactions that occur at the local police


Crime statistics remained “harsh”, he said, reaffirming the

government’s commitment to bringing down the crime rate.

On stage with Zuma sat ministers in the presidency Trevor Manuel

and Collins Chabane as well as Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Police Minister

Nathi Mthethwa.

The meeting comes a week after the annual release of crime

statistics painted a grim picture.

The latest crime statistics showed that about 50 people were

murdered in South Africa a day while business robberies increased by 41.5% and

house robberies by 27.3%

“The meeting forms part of president’s Zuma intention to meet with

public servants who are in the coalface of service delivery to ensure that they

understand government objectives from the highest office,” his office


All nine provincial premiers and the MECs responsible for community

safety were scheduled to attend the meeting.

The nine premiers are: Nomvula Mokonyane (Gauteng), Ace Magashule

(Free State), Zweli Mkhize (KwaZulu-Natal), Cassel Mathale (Limpopo), Noxolo

Kiviet (Eastern Cape), David Mabuza (Mpumalanga), Maureen Modiselle (North

West), Hazel Jenkins (Northern Cape) and Helen Zille (Western Cape).

The MECs are: Ratshivhanda Samson Ndou (Limpopo), Khabisi Mosunkutu

(Gauteng), Ghishma Barry (Eastern Cape), TM Manyoni (Free State), Thembinkosi

Willies Mchunu (KwaZulu-Natal), Sibongile Manana (Mpumalanga), Haward Yawa

(North West), Patrick Mabilo (Northern Cape) and Lennit Max (Western


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