A few months back our police commissioner on television blamed poverty and lack of employment for the crime in this country. Our own president has shared this view a number of times in interviews.We have many squatter camps where people of all races live who are very poor. You do not see all of them going around robbing and murdering people. In fact, why must you kill someone if you are hungry?Fact of the matter is that it is only a small portion of the population who participates in these actions. The majority of black, white, Indian and brown people in squatter camps do not take part in these actions. Are they not hungry and unemployed?Some people go around burning and stoning other people’s property when they are not happy. The police stand and watch and do nothing. The reason these people act in this manner is because they have no respect for other people. How can you justify destroying other people’s property because you are not happy? Do you think it makes them happy if you do this? If actions like these make you happy, you are very sick.In the last few weeks we have had actions where violence against women and children has been addressed. Is the problem not rather that violence in this country has become an everyday occurrence?Crime in this country has become a way of living for some people.You cannot blame hunger for this as there are more hungry people who do not take part in crime.We need the government to start acting on crime and stop making excuses for these criminals. Or is it perhaps that they have lost control of the crime situation in this country?