Let's shoot and kill violent criminals

2016-09-05 08:30

The shocking crime statistics released by the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, and Acting Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane last week, were a reminder that criminality remains a serious problem in this country. Murder went up by 4.9% over the past year, attempted murder went up by 3%, house robberies went up by 2.7%, and car hijackings went up by 14.3%. 114 people are raped every single day – a figure some experts believe is too low.

To learn that we are in such a state of criminality is very scary. We are in a crisis that needs urgent attention; not only from government, but also from we the citizens. That 51 people are murdered each day is something that ought to get us off our seats and act bold.

These statistics reminded me that I have been a victim of crime numerous times since I came to Johannesburg in 2012. The most terrifying incident was the one that took place in Roodepoort, last November; where two armed men stormed into our house, assaulted us, robbed us laptops, cellphones and wallets. Luckily none of us the victims were killed during the incident. It was Banele Sindane, former CEO of Athletics South Africa who, four days later, was shot to death in a similar incident in his house in Ruimsig, not far away from where we stayed.

It’s hard to understand the reasons behind South Africa’s violent crime. But whatever the theories out there, one thing is clear: we have to be tough on the fight against crime, very tough. We can’t afford to be lenient on vicious criminals when people lose their lives every day. The cost is too high.

Many of these heartless criminals are people who have committed crimes before and were released from prisons. Minister Nhleko said 30% of perpetrators arrested for murder had already spent time in jail for other crimes ranging from armed robbery to assault.

People commit serious crimes and we don’t punish them. We release them from prison and try to reintegrate them back into communities. I have no idea why a person who took another human life should be reintegrated back into the community. Disturbing, yet those on the seats of power continue with this frustrating practice of leniency on criminals.

We should respond to violent criminals with overwhelming force. If a policeman is on duty and his life is in danger by violent criminals, he should shoot to kill. In a matter of life or death policemen should be prepared to shoot to kill to defend themselves and law-abiding citizens. Police shouldn’t be restrained from applying force on violent criminals who kill people. They should not. To restrict them is pure insanity.

The above also applies to ordinary citizens. If you are lucky enough to own a legal pistol, use it to defend yourself, your family, and your property from violent thugs. Shoot to kill when criminals break into your home. If you don’t have a legal pistol, I suggest you buy one. Because the police won’t be there when those armed men, who will be ready to kill and will probably kill you, break through your door. They won’t be there; they’ll come an hour later when criminals are long gone.

Of course the privileged, those who drive nice cars, and sit in air-conditioned offices, with bodyguards, will criticize this approach. They are in the media, politics and academia. They are the same people who strongly criticized Mr. Bheki Cele when he took violent criminals head on. That’s how out of touch with reality they are.

With the great history and huge potential this country has, crime remains one of the greatest challenges the nation battles with. And it’s not just crime; it’s violent, deadly crime. These shocking statistics released by Minister Nhleko last week are evidence.

Our image is being tarnished. We cannot afford to delay things. Let’s be tough on crime. Because if we are not, the future is bleak as lives are being lost every single day.

This article was first published at BizNews.

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