More needs to be done to reduce crime - MEC

2014-10-20 22:04

Johannesburg - The shooting of ANC MP Jackson Mthembu in Witbank at the weekend showed that a lot of work was still needed to reduce crime, Mpumalanga Community Safety MEC Vusi Shongwe said on Monday.

"He added that it was unfortunate that the incident [occurred] just days after the department had raided Emalahleni and surroundings during an overall Friday programme," his department said in a statement.

"He said it shows there is still a lot of work that is needed to reduce criminality in the area."

Shongwe called on police to arrest those who had shot Mthembu.

Mpumalanga police said Mthembu was shot in the face while withdrawing money at an ATM on Mandela Street in Witbank on Sunday.

The office of the ANC chief whip, however, said Mthembu was shot close-range in the chest and admitted to the Emalahleni Private Hospital where he was in the intensive care unit.

"Luckily, he was able to drive himself to the close-by hospital, where is under medical supervision," spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said.

Earlier, a family member told The Citizen Online: "It is not clear how many times he was shot, but he is in hospital as we speak. I think the shooting was politically motivated."

The ANC cautioned those who claimed the shooting was politically motivated.

"The ANC cautions against any malicious and misleading statements being made to suggest a political motive in this case and calls on those making such statements to desist from flaming distrust and confusion," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

He said the party had been in contact with Mthembu, who he said was in good spirits.

Parliament's presiding officers, the ANC, the office of its Chief Whip in Parliament, and its alliance partner the Cosatu expressed shock at the shooting.

The DA and the National Freedom Party also condemned the shooting.

All wished Mthembu a speedy recovery.

  • Jeremy Forbes - 2014-10-20 22:15

    Experts at talking, experts at doing nothing.

  • Isaac Mamabolo - 2014-10-20 22:28

    It's surprising that govt is only realising it now... Did it had to be 1 of them !???

  • Milton Ncube - 2014-10-20 22:32

    So its only when high profile figures start falling victim to the high level of crime that the powers be also start acknowledging that more needs to be done? How many people are murdered in farms and on the streets everyday and yet nothing has ever been said up until now that "a somebody within the ruling party" has been given a taste of what everyday society is like then they start singing our song?

  • Tshepo Seepe Semenya - 2014-10-20 22:43

    To reduce crime, the law must get even with the offenders. Because criminals have too much rights.

  • Erna Speed Glitterbug - 2014-10-20 22:48

    Strong law enforcement is required to control crime. Let's see what happens with the sentencing of OP tomorrow. If there is no jail term - SA law enforcement will be down the tubes!

  • Bento Maepa - 2014-10-20 23:06

    One thing to say to you Mr MEC -Never ignore the painful cries of the people until you have gone through their experiences.

  • Mike Mcc - 2014-10-20 23:16

    So why isn't this overpaid waste of oxygen making use of our fantastic government hospital, where the highlight of the day is being abused by the security guards?

  • Jacques Gerber - 2014-10-20 23:20

    This ANC loudmouth Vusi Shongwe is part of the problem. We want solutions. SFI

  • PaasHaas - 2014-10-20 23:40

    Two recent high profile criminal cases have exposed the detective service of the SAPS as completely inept, how are you going to reduce crime if most of your detectives cant even solve a crossword puzzle?

  • markmiwordz - 2014-10-20 23:52

    A lot more!

  • Chris Bester - 2014-10-20 23:56

    What goes around comes around! More ANC gangster should be robbed and shot so that they can see what's going on in this country!!

  • Neo Afrika - 2014-10-20 23:59

    mxm only now are you starting to realise that you need to step up your fight against crime just because one of you was robbed and shot, well for some of us is the same fate we suffer everyday baba

  • mwicraig - 2014-10-21 00:02

    Just another statistic and does anybody really care???

  • colin.rowe.146 - 2014-10-21 00:20

    And still we talk, you need to walk the walk, action South Africa, talk is cheap....and does not achieve anything.

  • Mike Biagio - 2014-10-21 00:22

    Its not the shooting of Mthembu that show that crime needs to be reduced. Its the shooting of the other 30 000 every year...

      Juanita Golgaves - 2014-10-21 08:56

      Oh yes, Mike ... EXACTLY!

  • Mike Biagio - 2014-10-21 00:24

    How do you fight the crime in SA when the Ministers are running the crime syndicates?

  • Junior Jay Tyala - 2014-10-21 00:27

    It is important to enhance street committees, where you will have street committee and area committee established. This model once worked through SANCO in Butterworth, Eastern Cape Province. The residents took control of streets as follows: closure of tarvens at 9 pm to stop tarvens to be used to wait for victims; street committee chairperson to register visitors coming outside the town if spending the weekend; comment on people seeking rental houses and get clearance letter from the area he/she wants to leave; report suspicious stolen vehicles; if suspecting of stolen items request a receipt or inform police, educate people of collecting and leading evidence in court, educating people of parenthood and role of police in the society.

  • William MacFarlane - 2014-10-21 00:31

    Most criminals see no 1 getting away with everything . So they believe that this is te law of the land . Until Booza is brought to book , crime will never come under control . Until the ANC NEC decides that all criminals , inside and outside the ANC are arrested and convicted , without political interference . Nothing will improve .

  • Janine Filmer - 2014-10-21 01:02

    Ah - now I understand! A senior anc member has been shot therefore it's time to do something to reduce crime.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2014-10-21 01:39

    Yup! Suddenly it's a problem...

  • Ian Pie - 2014-10-21 02:53

    Eeeish no kidding eh

  • Raymond Whittaker - 2014-10-21 04:06

    You can have another 10000 policeman and it will still not work as they can catch them in one hour of the crime but the crime that we are sick of has been already committed. The only way to stop this epidemic of crime is the death sentence and long and i mean very long jail terms with hard labor and no parole this will put fear into the criminal before he does the crime hence he will be too scared to do it so we save some ones life and money.

  • Raymond Whittaker - 2014-10-21 04:06

    You can have another 10000 policeman and it will still not work as they can catch them in one hour of the crime but the crime that we are sick of has been already committed. The only way to stop this epidemic of crime is the death sentence and long and i mean very long jail terms with hard labor and no parole this will put fear into the criminal before he does the crime hence he will be too scared to do it so we save some ones life and money.

  • leon.toerien - 2014-10-21 05:42

    What's the problem? Crime certainly is not! As per many ANC statements.

  • maria.ferreira1234 - 2014-10-21 06:28

    They should all get a taste of crime so they can understand what we are all going through on a daily basis. They think they are the untouchables.

  • nikki.bodenstein - 2014-10-21 06:29

    Really??? You're only just figuring this out??

  • mike.myers.5667901 - 2014-10-21 06:51

    About time that a government official is affected by a random act of violent crime to make them wake up. As an ex-policeman and someone who still works very closely with SAPS in community based police partnering, I feel so sorry for these boys and girls in Blue, dying at almost one a day in their fight against crime. Government must now take responsibility and action. They need to root out corruption in SAPS and the Judiciary, get rid of the bad eggs and use the good ones to the best of their ability. Provide more policemen and provide them with the necessary resources to do their job. The courts and correctional Services then need to do their job by keeping these people behind bars. It's not too late and it is achievable, government you need to step up to the plate

  • Chris Ronald Rodrigues - 2014-10-21 06:57

    Then stop leading by example

  • Paul Gevers - 2014-10-21 06:59

    Spot on Raymond

  • Honey bedger! - 2014-10-21 07:17

    Only when it happens to you, do you realise how bad it is, What has Rapiega done since resuming office except collecting the fat cheque?

  • anina.naude - 2014-10-21 07:22

    More needs to be done? No kidding!!

  • arthur.salvado - 2014-10-21 07:27

    Here's an idea. Maybe we could start by having a properly trained ethical police force ? You know, one with criminals in uniform ? Oh, also, how about a proper policeman to head the police force and not some academic (?)

  • Rodney - 2014-10-21 07:38

    Why now its concern the party for crime that occur on one of its own...!!! All the time was not the concern...!!!

  • franco.ollewagen - 2014-10-21 07:51

    I think more ANC MP's should get shot, this seems to work better...

  • Mark Becker - 2014-10-21 07:51

    Theyve already been arrested. Amazing how good the police are when a crime involves an ANC cadre!

  • John Bass - 2014-10-21 08:01

    Everybody has been telling you knobheads that for years. So what has changed? Oh I know, someone had a pot at one of your drunkered comrades and you don't like it. Too little too late.

  • Lunetic Mental - 2014-10-21 08:06

    I think we should get a police force

  • Jn Rahm - 2014-10-21 08:12

    Why does this only show crime is a problem now Mr MEC? Is it only a problem when it affects the untouchables? Crime has been a problem for us from the beginning.

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-10-21 08:13

    We need a police state.Then we will see a very rapid decline in crime.

  • Philip Hoffmann - 2014-10-21 08:16

    You think?

  • criticallyhonest - 2014-10-21 08:26

    How about admitting that crime has always been a problem in certain communities (could that have been a strong motivator for terrible apartheid?). This realisation, brought about because one of YOURS has been involved, exposes the distasteful basis of your thinking. It has needed attention for decades!

  • Leigh Shan - 2014-10-21 08:29

    WOW!!!!! did you only notice NOW that our country is facing a high crime rate!!!! helOoOoOo! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL THESE YEARS! JUST BECAUSE THE MP OF ANC IS A VICTIM OF a crime ... you guys want to be all active with this issue.... even if you get active with the crime rate in our country it will just be for a month or so!!! #yawn# i am really bored by our leaders for one

  • David Mabu - 2014-10-21 08:32

    You hav been SO IGNORANT about people views on crime, poor Mthembu suffered because of your arrogance nd denial .. get well soon JM

  • Delano Els - 2014-10-21 08:33

    oh wow! well well done for only figuring this out now :) really i am, and i'm sure the rest of the country is also SO SO proud of you guys and your should start affecting you guys deserve it since you are the ones with the security guards...welcome to the real SA with its every crime WE as normal citizens face

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2014-10-21 08:33

    The anc is the crime , they control the police,watched tv Sunday , police high jacking trucks , Only GOD can help us

  • Jacques Steffen - 2014-10-21 08:37

    Why now that one of their own got shot? Bloody RACIST IDIOTS!!!

  • Juanita Golgaves - 2014-10-21 08:54

    Oh, so now that 'one of yours' has looked into the barrel of a gun, it's all go to stop crime, but in the meantime hundreds of thousands of us have had to live with this (and died) .... I want to say f&%^k you, but just maybe, maybe, ag no, it will never happen in this cesspool !

  • Mkhululi Mhlanga - 2014-10-21 08:57

    MEC just shut up, roll up your sleeves and get down to work.

  • Tobie Schalkwyk - 2014-10-21 09:02

    Yep, let's clean up crime. Start with your president!

  • Rentse Modutoane - 2014-10-21 09:23

    he went to a private hospital . shows that even states men & women have no faith in state hospitals.