S. African government seeks community help in fighting crime

January 12, 2013 3:05 am 

JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 12 — The South African government on Friday called on communities to help police in combatting crimes.

"The role of community involvement in assisting the police to arrest suspected criminals is imperative to achieving one of government's five priorities, which is fighting crime and corruption," said Government Communication and Information System acting CEO, Phumla Williams.

The government commends and appreciates the role played by communities in assisting the South African Police Service (SAPS) in their fight against crimes, she said.

It was with the public help, police arrested an alleged drug kingpin in KwaZulu-Natal Province on Thursday, Williams said.

"Government calls on society to continue strengthening collective efforts to reduce crime in communities. This will assist in ensuring that lawlessness is not tolerated in our country. Government also acknowledges the synergy between SAPS and the community in their common endeavor to realize the country's goal of achieving a society that is non-tolerant of crime," Williams said in Pretoria.

The government has set up a crime hotline — 32211– and a website — www.crimeline.co.za — for the public to report crimes and give tip-offs.

This line and the website are useful tools that allow the public to make anonymous tip offs on suspected crimes, Williams said.

"We encourage members of the community to make use of this number and other facilities such as police stations to report all suspected and potential criminal activities.

"This collaborated and unified approach to fighting crime is important to accomplish the goal of achieving a better life for all and of ensuring that all South Africans are and feel safe," said Williams.

South Africa has a very high rate of murders, assaults, rapes and other crimes compared to most countries. Its largest city of Johannesburg is particularly notorious for its crime rate which is believed to be one of the highest in the world.

In recent years, South African police have carried out intensive operations against crime to improve social security. However, safety remains dubious in the country. (PNA/Xinhua)



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