Populist leaders contribute to crime - MEC Nkosi-Malobane

2017-05-26 14:49
MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane. (Gauteng Provincial Government)

MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane. (Gauteng Provincial Government)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Populist leaders have contributed to a rise in crime, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said.

Appearing before the Gauteng Legislature's portfolio committee on community safety with a focus on gender violence, Nkosi-Malobane said the Constitution was protecting criminals instead of police.

"You can't even try and extract information even if you know the person is guilty. The Constitution happened. What also happened is Marikana. There was never a debriefing for the police. So police are scared to do their job."

She was responding to a question from African National Congress MPL Jacob Khawe who asked why police were no longer feared in society.

Nkosi-Malobane said populist leaders were also to blame for a rise in crime.

"People who jump onto a platform and say all sorts of things. Populism happened and that is where we are, hence the undermining of law enforcement."

Foreign criminals

Not wanting to be branded as xenophobic, she said some of serious crimes involved foreigners.

"The media will say I'm xenophobic, but the facts say to me that the Hyde Park incident, all those perpetrators were foreign nationals... So populism happened in this country, hence we are where we are. People just decide to say what they want to say."

Five suspects believed to have been involved in a jewellery store robbery at the Hyde Park shopping centre were arrested in April.

At the time, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that the men were Zimbabwean.

Nkosi-Malobane vowed to reduce gender-based crimes by 50% within two years.

"We will ensure that crime is reduced by 50%. Monthly statistics will be sent for analysis," she said.

Drugs and alcohol are still the major contributing factor to crimes, she added.

Interventions Nkosi-Malobane was planning in the next two years would include a central command centre which will be assisted by the Departments Of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Police would also increase visibility at known hotspots with road blocks and stop-and-go controls. She said the department will also focus on taxi violence.

"We are going to have a candlelight march soon with regards to taxi rapes. We are going to reclaim Johannesburg streets. We are also going to be in Sandton.

"People have a perception that professionals don't abuse their spouses, but they do," she said.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.