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Johannesburg - Crime is a complex problem and to defeat it social partnerships need to be formed, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday.
“On a daily basis, we continue to develop and implement plans to reduce crime, with the support and in partnership with all law-abiding citizens of our country,” he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the launch of the North West “duty calls” campaign.
He said the festive season should be a period of relaxation which families could enjoy free from crime.
“We are here today to say that we cannot allow criminals to rule your festive season. We cannot allow criminals to rob you of your all-year earnings, which you acquired through legitimate hard work and dedication,” Mthethwa said.
“This is your sweat and toiling. As such, you deserve to enjoy your hard work free from crime, but to achieve all this, the police cannot do it on their own, they need your support.”
He said that since the start of operation duty calls in the province in October, a total of 690 arrests for serious crimes had been made.
Police visibility in the province would be intensified and there would be concerted programmes to deal with aggravated robberies, border security, illegal firearms and road safety, he said.