11 January 2013

South Africa: Govt Commends Communities' Assistance in Fighting Crime

Pretoria — Government has commended and expressed its appreciation for the role played by communities in assisting the South African Police Service in their fight against crime.

"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, on Friday.

Williams noted recent cases such as the safe return of baby Revelation Jones in Johannesburg last night and the arrest of an alleged drug kingpin in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday as clear examples of the importance and gains of social cohesion.

"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 realise the country's goal of achieving a society that is non-tolerant of crime," said Williams.

She reminded members of the public that South Africa's crime line - 32211 - was a useful tool that allows them to make anonymous SMS tip-off on suspected crimes. Tip-offs can also be sent electronically via www.crimeline.co.za.

"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.

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