Crime Line celebrates 5 years

2012-07-10 12:30

Johannesburg - Anonymous tip-off service Crime Line contributed to 3 000 arrests since it was started five years ago, its co-founder said on Tuesday.

"We need more tip-offs in the community, we need more arrests," Yusuf Abramjee said at a function in Fourways, Johannesburg.

The system had contributed to the arrests of criminals wanted for crimes such as bombing ATMs, possessing illegal firearms and ammunition, and making illegal electricity connections. Escapee Bongani Moyo was apprehended as a result of an anonymous tip-off, he said.

At least 16 800 illegal connections and acts of meter tampering had been thwarted in co-operation with Eskom's "Operation Khanyisa" initiative.

Eighty percent of the tip-offs were drug-related, Abramjee said.

"We need to all unite further and fight the scourge because this evil of drugs is eating right through our community."

He appealed to national police commissioner Riah Phiyega to reintroduce specialised units to clamp down on drugs. She was expected address the function later.

Also present were Minister of Planning in the Presidency, Trevor Manual, and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

  • paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-07-10 12:51

    Success Rate = 1 Days crime sorted over 5 years!

      claudia.meads - 2012-07-10 13:50

      "Crime Line celebrates 5 years", ye right.., while CRIME celebrates more than 17 years of ANC rule...

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-10 14:10

      If it was a crime to do an excellent job I wonder if this crime line service would have got an conviction if brought to court.

  • jan.human - 2012-07-10 12:58

    Wonder how many times the line was stolen......

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-10 13:00

    Good job, crime reported is better than the one that goes unnoticed, it's all up to the police to do the right thing. That's what Lead SA is all about.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-10 13:01

    This should be normal in a normal society and not be celebrated. How can you celebrate a normal service to the country. Ooohhh I just remebered... we are living in the Republic of Bananaland!!!

      peter.ndamase - 2012-07-10 13:13

      Crime line is an NGO working with SAPS to eradicate crime. Unlike police, it is self funded and relies mostly on business donations. If you can't read, atleast familiarise yourself with facts.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-10 13:28

      Bra I'm not gonna stoop to your level but will explain things slowly for you. What I was saying is in a normal society this kind of things should not be celebrated. But ours is not normal that's why we celebrate this kind of things. I never said anything about government and funding. There is crime-line in the US, Britain, Sweden and all other normal societies and they don't celebrate the stats. DO YOU GET MY POINT NOW??? You can read baba I can see but comprehending stuff with your pea brain it's going to be difficult!!!

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-10 13:13

    I hope Crime Line knows that jealous neighbours and bitter ex-partners abuse and waste police time with this thing.

  • nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-10 13:17

    Crime Line open = 1825 days Crime Line Contribution = 3000 arrests contribution of 1.6 arrests per day, in a country that sees 100's of criminal activities per day. Any sane mind would see that this is nothing to celebrate! However, I do commend the little work that has been done as we usually see none at all.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-10 13:29

    Lol! 3000 arrests but 0 convictions, possibly 10 hours of jail time seen in total. What a joke. Give us some proper stats or at least point us in the right direction of where we could make our own informed analysis. This reporting is from the past, we live in the 21st century

  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-07-10 15:20


  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-10 16:15

    Judging by some of these comments, it's obvious some people don't even know what crime line is. Crime line is just a 'gateway', and a good one. Problem is on the input side we have the general population who have continually shown they are not so willing to rat on their buddies, and on the output side we have the SAPS. Hence - a good idea that should work, but will never work very well.

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