I visited Diepsloot north of Johannesburg last week and met individuals from non-profit organisation Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA). The NGO does superb work and they assist hundreds of abused women annually. They focus on gender-based violence and their legal and counseling services are all provided free of charge. Scores of women are raped and beaten in Diepsloot every month. Yet, a proper SAPS station was only opened last year.
You are fully aware that crime is affecting all of us. Criminals are running amok and the situation does not seem to be improving. In fact, indications are that it’s getting worse. Criminals show no respect for life and property. With an average murder rate of just under 50 people each day, it is safe say: “Crime is killing South Africa.”While the Constitution of our country guarantees us safety and security, we know we cannot depend solely on government.
Fikile Mbalula was appointed as the new Police Minister at the end of March. Mbalula started making his mark from day one in office. He hit the ground running and he is certainly keeping the momentum as his 100 days in office fast approaches. Mbalula, as I have said from the very beginning, is the right man for the job. He is young, dynamic, energetic and he gets things done. That’s what the police needed for a very long time.
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