Causes of the high crime rate in PMB

2017-11-22 06:00

I RECENTLY read the details of the crime trends and statistics of Pietermaritzburg - it was revealing and shocking. We have been living in an unequal and fractured society for decades. There are many causes for the high crime rates, which I will highlight.

The high rate of unemployment figures of 27.7%, the high food prices, our country’s slow economic growth rate 0.7%, high inflation, corruption, political uncertainty, South Africa­ facing a downgrade in late November, and withdrawal of foreign investments.

Yes, a very bleak picture, one of doom and glow facing all South Africans, but a reality.

Our people for many years have been unemployed, frustrated and hungry and in desperation. Some people are forced to turn to crime to survive, so we must not look at the symptoms, we must look at the cause of the problems.

The police and welfare departments must work in partnership with communities to eradicate and find solutions to solve and stop crime.

People need to be engaged and taught self-help projects, like growing their own vegetables or learn and take up in sewing or knitting as a home industry.

Religious organisations must give people hope and confidence and keep them safe until our economy turns around and jobs are created by government and business.

DEENA PADAYACHEE

PMB

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