Statement By Ms Christina Molebogeng Dube On Anti-Crime Campaign

3 November 2009

ANC proceeds from the premise that a rising quality of life also means improvement in the safety and security of citizens in their homes and environs where they live, work and engage in extramural activity .

Since the launch of the Shopping Crime Awareness campaign, more than 500 people have been put behind bars for various crimes including cash-in-transit heists, housebreaking, car hijacking as well as smash and grabs, shoplifting and assault.

The operation, aims to increase community involvement in the fight against crime and educate them about the role of crime prevention and policing, is conducted by the South African Police Services in conjunction with the Johannesburg Metro Police, Johannesburg Emergency Services and certain government departments.

The operation formed part of efforts to beef up law enforcement ahead of the festive season. The department has decided to start the operation a little earlier this year due to the recent spate of crimes in shopping malls.

The ANC supports the efforts of many who are already involved in the fight against crime, from Business against Crime, Community Policing Forums to radio stations that have developed anonymous crime tip off numbers. The ANC believes that in this war against crime our laws must bite. They must favour the victims of crime and be unsympathetic to those who deliberately seek crime as their employment.

I thank you!

Christina Molebogeng Dube, MP
Tel: 021 403 3057