Zuma wants help to reduce holiday crime

2011-12-20 22:05

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday urged the public to work with authorities in bringing down crime and accident levels over the holiday season.

"It is estimated that we lose 14 000 lives per annum due to road crashes. We have to stop this carnage," he said at the launch of the Hlasela Ubugebengu safety awareness campaign in the Ilembe district municipality, KwaZulu-Natal.

"We lose an estimated R56bn per annum in total cost to the economy. However, the emotional loss to families is immeasurable."

Zuma said police would make a concerted effort to curb dangerous driving by arresting motorists for speeding and reckless or negligent driving. Taxi and bus operators guilty of overloading and using unroadworthy vehicles would be arrested. Traffic officials would continue to check a million vehicles and drivers a month.

There would be more police patrols at all tourist destinations, especially at the coast.

The fight against crime during the festive season would extend to an anti-piracy and counterfeit goods campaign.

"Our musicians work hard producing music that we all enjoy. We must not buy counterfeit goods as they kill our musical heritage and are tantamount to stealing the hard-earned cash of our musicians.

"The fight against music and art piracy includes the police, departments of trade and industry, home affairs, Sars and the national prosecuting authority, and a few prominent artists including Deborah Fraser, Zahara and Lusanda and many others," said Zuma.

Police would conduct general operations to curb increasing counterfeit production, and illegal sale of CDs, DVDs and clothing and of contraband cigarettes.

Zuma reminded those attending the event that under new Second Hand Goods Act both the seller and buyer of counterfeit goods will be charged.

  • Squeegee - 2011-12-20 22:20

    Ridiculous. Mr Zuma, fire half of your Cabinet, most of your MPs, etc. and slash crime by 80%.

      John - 2011-12-21 00:47

      Blue Light Brigade Strikes Again! Friday, 09 of December, cars on the highway from Durban gave way to a political convoy with blue lights. Remembering 1 man killed by the Blue Light Brigade in Durban, and another in Jo'burg, I protested those murders and raised my finger as they drove past. They proceeded to block me and lunge their cars at me, as I swerved, slowed and pulled away. I held strong and steadfast in my protest! My family, however, were badly shaken. It is time that the ANC realizes that they are not above criticism and rejection, and also NOT ABOVE THE LAW! I expected them to zap me back, or even lay misdemeanor charges against me. But the public harassment and bullying shows that these mentals are in a mindset of their own. They need to be transferred to Antarctica!

      Garth - 2011-12-21 10:08

      John, get over yourself and your idiotic bravado. Grow up. Imagine the consequences to your family if they had retaliated in character with their idiocy. Stop posting this; we have all read it before!

  • Kevin - 2011-12-20 23:13

    fire yourself first.

  • Van - 2011-12-21 01:54

    The real issue to zoomer is the estimated R56bn per annum that is lost. The tax on R56bn that is not there to be stolen by him and his fellow ancESTORS.

  • brianmacza - 2011-12-21 06:42

    I'm surprised that iJacob hasn't coined a new term related exclusively to the taxi related deaths - "taxinage" - cars have got little to do with the stats as you can't get 18 people into a Toyota Tazz... THAT would be "carnage"

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-21 07:19

    Are you also including corruption? Corruption is also crime baba. We need action to be taken against corrupt officials as well not these petty crimes only.

      David - 2011-12-21 08:52

      I think to the ANC corruption is not a crime, but merely a way of "redistribution of tax payers one's relatives and friends. Banana republic we live in!!A-loota continua.

      Garth - 2011-12-21 10:24

      Tshivhombela - when you respect a person for their position or age because your culture demands it, then you play into the hands of the inept and the corrupt. `Baba' is a term of respect, as far as I know. Black SA must begin to rate their leaders on their performances. Rate your leaders on their problem solving, their sagacity, their fight for the poor and the down-trodden. Do not respect a person that crushes these requisites of good governance under `Gucci' clad feet. Do not respect the person for the vehicle he/she drives, nor for the clothes that they wear nor for the office that they hold. Bling is not a character trait.

  • Snoopsy - 2011-12-21 07:57

    Here Zuma, BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY! That will sort a number of crime problems out. Fire you Cabinet and enforce LAW! not the ANC LAW.

      Elmandi - 2011-12-21 12:58

      If he brings back the death penalty or fires his comrades, his dinner parties will be rather small and dull. What good is all the taxpayers millions if you don't have anyone to brag about it to? Right sentiment Zuma, I'll give you that - I suppose you have to do something occasionally to make us think you are actually earning a bit of your salary...

  • Ian - 2011-12-21 08:14

    14000 people equates to R56bn?? thats R4 000 000 per person per year. i dont know anyone that generates that kind of money in a year. <--- Not even our mayors, after their pay increase, earn as much as that a year. the point i'm trying to raise: is that R56bn really accurate?

      Kate - 2011-12-21 09:04

      Zuma thinks we are all equal remember. He has no concept of anything going on around him. Maths is certainly not his strong point, but then what is?

  • clivelang1 - 2011-12-21 08:50

    I watched yesterday as a SAPS vehicle drove straight through an intersection when the light was red. He was stopped further down the road. I pulled up next to him and challenged him on his illegal action. He was humble enough to aplogise and perhaps, just perhaps he might abstain from similar driving for a day or two, but how are we supposed to respect police and traffic officials when they are half the problem????Come Mr Zoomer, it starts with the little things-get your law enforcement officials to respect the law they are supposedly enforcing first and then just maybe, the rest of us might have a chance.....

  • Cobus - 2011-12-21 08:54

    If you really want to reduce crime, Mr President, why don't you just step down.

  • Kate - 2011-12-21 09:06


  • Robin Dyers - 2011-12-21 09:29

    reduce holiday crime by reducing holidays.

  • nicosmit - 2011-12-21 09:47

    can start with my parents who have yet again been burgled at a cost of R100K in valuables, this is the 23rd robbery including 1 at gunpoint, thanks mr president, we wish you a merry Christmas as well.

  • Piet - 2011-12-21 09:58

    Best way to reduce crime is to keep the cops off the streets...

  • nicosmit - 2011-12-21 10:05

    I also reckon costs of crime should be tax deductible. If taxes go towards policing while there are no police and we have to use 3rd party private companies to protect ourselves, unless government is willing to settle insurance claims.

  • Johan - 2011-12-21 10:31

    Just take the public urinaters from the road and you will have 90% less accidents.

  • Elkieta - 2011-12-21 10:41

    Why don't you get into a uniform Zuma and show us how to control them??? get a taxi.....

  • Sean - 2011-12-21 11:14

    I am yet to see this happen!! On EVERY sreat corner counterfeit goods are being sold as if it is in fassion! Buyers and sellers are commiting the same crime! Where there is a demand produce will be made available at any cost. Cd's, DVD's and t-shirt paraphenalia are sold everywhere and it does not seem like anything is being done about it! By the way is it not illegal to sell items at traffic lights/ stop streets at the first place!? Let's see whether the money can be placed where the mouth is.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-21 11:46

    Do away with all the expensive cars we pay for and catch a TAXI - OK that won't happen so take a TAXI 1 day a month!

  • Rob - 2011-12-21 12:08

    Why bother calling it crime, it is simply redistribution. So who loses and who gains from crime? Sorry, not a trick question, I was robbed last week, so my perspective has been sharpened closer to reality.

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