Our duty to make SA safer, says Mthethwa

2012-10-05 22:18

Johannesburg - Patriotic South Africans have a duty to make South Africa safer, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the 2012 Tracker SAPS National Awards on Friday.

"This is a duty to take action against criminals who harass our communities," he said in a speech prepared for delivery in Centurion.

This applied not only to police but to society as a whole, as criminals were "our common enemies".

Mthethwa said criminals were often sophisticated.

"It cannot be a foregone conclusion that one is facing petty criminals..."

The government and its partners needed to be one step ahead of those criminals, who would resort even to killing to achieve their objectives.

Jamming devices

"Our research confirmed that the use of remote control devices to prevent the automatic locking of doors... [has] become the second most frequently used modus operandi employed to commit theft out of [or] from motor vehicles..."

Information communication technology systems had the potential to assist in the fight against crime, however there were problems with implementation.

"Admittedly there is currently no clear co-ordination and integration of these systems to achieve synergy. These need to talk to each other," Mthethwa said.

He thanked Tracker for its support in recovery operations.

In 16 years, almost 60 000 stolen and hijacked cars had been recovered by Tracker and the police.

Tracker had also provided 1 400 police vehicles and around 50 aircraft with recovery technology at no cost.

The decline in vehicle crime in recent years was "thanks, in no small part, to this [SA Police Service]-Tracker partnership", he said.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-05 22:29

    I am so impressed he acknowledged his duty, pity he isn't performing it! Cooked statistics don't count!

      ingi.raikes - 2012-10-06 06:43

      Well l never! Especially since it's only since the A.N.C. got in that crime is completely out of control!!! And I"m not talking political crime, because that was another story! The fact that we all quiver in our homes, never knowing whether we are sick. Our children don't want to sleep in their own beds, we are not safe opening our gate at night when we come back home after doing an honest days work, we have all spent a fortune on 'security', our only topic of conversation wherever we go is the latest stories of somebody we knew who was murdered, raped or whatever! And Mr Mthethwa thinks it's 'their' duty to make it safer???? Get with the programme Mister, you as the Minister of Police should know what you have to do...........stop thinking about it!!!!

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 22:49

    If this was not so serious, I would have rolled over laughing!!!!

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-06 05:01

      Roll over

  • billygee - 2012-10-05 22:59

    Helps if the cops at the top aren't criminals too...

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-10-05 23:04

    Thanks Minister. Well done to Tracker, but nearly 4000 hijacking/stolen cars a year is not that high now is it! Also nice opportunity to make a nice speech as Mangaung gets closer. they say that actions speak louder than words. So far this government has been a government of words alone. What has happened to the winds of change that used to blow so regularly and efficaciously throughout Africa? Perhaps this year will indeed be the year the political tsunami blows again and brings positive change to our beleaguered land?

      ingi.raikes - 2012-10-06 06:46

      Ja, like the D.A. being our ruling party, sooner than later!!!

  • willem.v.hoven - 2012-10-05 23:30

    The Minister has finally read his job description.

      njdejager - 2012-10-05 23:36

      But he is not performing that job description he just copied to his speech.

  • - 2012-10-06 00:59

    Mr. Minister. If you want to make South Africa safer, please bring back tne death penalty. If you don't like my comment, I urge you to call a referendum. For some reason I think that the majority of this country is "gatvol" of murder and other serious crimes. You've got bodyguards escourting you. I've got a baseball bat and a cricket bat on my side. I wished to have a gun in my house, but that would take years. All I've got left for you and this country is lots of prayers!

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-06 04:57

      I fail to understand how will the death penalty make to feel safe in your farm, let me tell you something, when a robber or a rapist commit their evil deeds they are never thinking about being cought, a thirty years sentence and a hangpal should have the same effect on a criminals mind, have u been imprisoned just for 2 days? Gues not, prison is hell, not even a hardend criminal want to be in prison, i just wish the govt will listen for once and grant you your wish n c if ul feel any safer,

      ingi.raikes - 2012-10-06 07:14

      Ja, l would second that! BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY! At least that way, we would not have to pay taxes to support criminals in jails and there would be no way that 'they' could get off or bribe a guard to get back out to carry on. The only way they would leave the prison, that is if they catch the bastards, in the first place, is feet first!!! Oh yes.........!

      Madoqua - 2012-10-06 09:19

      With the death penalty the rate for recommitting offenses is zero.

  • louis.frederick2 - 2012-10-06 01:22

    How can we make safer if the police service is not allowed to use there ammunition to protect the innocint . Rather shoot before you get shot , the only way to deffend ourselfs.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-10-06 01:36

    Nice words; I have difficulty believing them when they spew forth from the mouth of an ANC leader. I also have this difficulty when he allows an alleged Murderer (Richard Mdluli) to go back to office - the few cops that are doing their job must have lost faith in their leadership a long time ago.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-10-06 01:37

    This tracker partnership is paid by for us! You moron! THANK US FOR PAYING EVEN MORE THAN TAXES TO GET JUST SOME FORM OF SECURITY.

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-10-06 01:56

    Just more of the same old cannon fodder the ANC spews out. They talk and talk and talk, repeating the same speeches every year and the end result, no change and they expect us to be "amazed" at the intelligence and sympathy they have...all Bull..&^$^&t. How can a country EVERY be safe if it's run mostly by criminals, convicted, standing trial or in the process of committing crimes...ANC you are vrot.

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-10-06 02:12

    It is times like this where I miss Bheki Cele, that guy had the right ideas in terms of fighting crime. Yeah sure, there was that corruption issue attributed to him, but then again, show us the Minister who isn't corrupt these least he was passionate about his job. Shoot to kill, stomach in, chest out, Cele had the right ideas, the type of leader our police force needs, someone who isn't scared to crush a violent mob such as at Marikana after they killed two of his cops.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-06 08:17

      Wel he was 'perfect' wasnt he?unlike the other corrupt ones, wen u questiond his disasters,he'd just tel u to go home and shurrup!

  • Tman Matenchi - 2012-10-06 03:25

    Whats the police doing when the criminals are plotting...let saps retain the experienced investigators rather than allow them to be roped by private companies.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-06 04:28

    What about all the criminals in government??? Or are they above the law cause they are anc members???

  • sunet.nel.1 - 2012-10-06 05:22

    Does this count for violence during a strike, or not.........

  • ben.burger.3998 - 2012-10-06 06:08

    very unsuccessful!!!!!!

  • andre.vanzyl.58 - 2012-10-06 06:42

    How does a minister of police survive two disastrous appointments of police commissioners, possibly three and Marikana without anybody pointing a finger at him? He manages to make entire speeches without saying anything. When he is interviewed he gives no direct answers to questions. Hey people, take notice, this smooth talking cool dude is not delivering.

      xoli.themba - 2012-10-06 07:20

      good point mr vanzyl

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-06 08:10

      Very credible argument

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-06 06:42

    This man is a joker with no backbone and full of hot air. Promise after promise with no result. What I dont uderstand he being Police minister yet Jacob Zuma hires and fires the Police Commissioner, surely it is up to the ministry to make such appointments!

      phahla.matwa - 2012-10-06 06:49

      Only da president has constitutional rights 2 hire/fire da national pol comm

  • frank.c.cruz.98 - 2012-10-06 06:48

    This device jamming thing, they used it on my car last weekend. Luckily for me I noticed that there's something wrong with my car after I pressed and locked it, so I went back and checked only to find out that my security system has been jammed and the car cudnt lock! They disabled the car key I had with me and when I tried using it all the alarm went off! I called the police to come and help because I know that the hijackers are waiting for me to make a move but the police never came. I waited for 3hours after calling again and again before I took the risk of driving away. I advice that people should check properly after pressing their remote control keys before leaving from where they parked.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-06 08:05

    how aout all you anc guys stop talking about what needs to be done, and get off your arses and actually do the things you talk about

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