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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma appealed to South Africans to blow the whistle on crime in a video message on Thursday at the sixth anniversary of Crime Line.
Zuma said Crime Line contributed to a safer South Africa and it should be encouraged.
“Working together we can defeat the war on drugs and crime and police must act on Crime Line tip-offs with vigour,” said Zuma.
Zuma said South Africa was one of the few countries that took the trouble to fight crime and co-operation was most important between the media, the police and society.
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega called on communities to join hands in fighting crime.
Phiyega said under her leadership, police would act on crime to ensure that the taxpayers' money was put to good use.
“Someone, somewhere, somehow, knows about crime in that area,” Phiyega said.
Crime in South Africa remained an enemy of the nation and could never be a police matter alone, she said.
Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros said that crime in Gauteng sometimes involved police officers and initiatives such as Crime Line saw many police officers put behind bars. - Sapa