Minister tells youth crime does not pay

2016-06-30 06:00
 Youngsters from various kasis in the Western Cape attended a Correctional Youth Imbizo in Khayelitsha close to Cape Town on Saturday. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Youngsters from various kasis in the Western Cape attended a Correctional Youth Imbizo in Khayelitsha close to Cape Town on Saturday. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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Advocate Michael Masutha, minister of Justice and Correctional Services, has issued a warning to Mzansi’s youth.

He said: “Youngsters must stay away from crime because the majority of victims and perpetrators are young people.”

Masutha was speaking to more than 500 youngsters at a Correctional Youth Imbizo held in the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha on Saturday.

The imbizo was part of a series of correctional youth summits hosted across the country to explore ways of optimising the potential and energies of young people.

The summits aim to divert the youth from crime and offending behaviour. The minister’s campaign entails engaging young people, particularly those at risk of ending up in correctional centres.

Masutha highlighted how young people, who make up the largest segment of the offender population, can avoid the criminal route.

He urged them to be responsible and stay away from crime in order to create a safe and successful future for the country. Masutha said crime-fighting is a collective effort between communities, private businesses and government.

“We have a problem nowadays: young people are getting lost. As government we cannot sit down and watch and expect a miracle to fight drugs, crime and gangsterism,” Masutha said.

He said his department has rehabilitation programmes in prison.

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