Shooting of DA MP: Crime affects us all

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is horrified and outraged at the shooting of one of its Members of Parliament, Mr Cameron Mackenzie MP, in an attempted robbery last night.

This attack has proved yet again, that no one in South Africa is safe, and that crime affects us all.

We can report that senior MP Mr Mackenzie, was shot in the shoulder, and we are pleased to be able to let the public know that he is recovering well from surgery. We are offering him and his family support and love during this horrendous ordeal.

South Africans live in perpetual fear. No place and no person is safe. Our economy and our people suffer daily because of the scourge of crime, and we call on the South African Police Service to act swiftly to bring the perpetrators to justice.

This act of senseless violence reminds us all that the fight against crime remains one of our top priorities. We must continue this fight on behalf of al South Africans to ensure that our country is made safe, our people no longer live in fear and that criminals are prosecuted and bought to book.

Our thoughts are with Mr Mackenzie and his family, and indeed with all South Africans, who have suffered at the hands of criminals for far too long.

Failing ANC spends R9.1 million on one VIP but fails to keep rural communities safe

Today, the DA Team One South Africa Spokesperson on Crime, John Steenhuisen, together with the Leader of the DA in the Free State Legislature, Dr Roy Jankielsohn met with victims of crime and community members in Reitz Park Matjhabeng as well as with a farming community in Henenman, Free State to engage on the prevalence of violence and crime in their rural communities.

  

Left: John Steenhuisen addressing victims of crime and community members outside the house in Reitz Park Matjhabeng where a young man was shot in the house two week ago; Right: John Steenhuisen addressing a farming community in Henenman on issues of rural safety and land expropriation without compensation.

Please find attached an English and Afrikaans soundbite by the DA Team One South Africa Spokesperson on Crime, John Steenhuisen.

Community members expressed their concerns on the lack of policing and security on farms, that their concerns have fallen on deaf ears and that they feel forgotten by the ANC government.

Farmers and farm workers live in constant fear every day as they have become targets of heinous acts of violence and crime.

“The DA has always maintained that the South African Police Services (SAPS) reintroduce specialised rural safety units to deal with instances of crime and violence in farming communities,” said Steenhuisen.

He said that, “the failing ANC government continues to drag its feet when it comes to the protection of vulnerable rural communities such as Henenman in the Free State. These communities have become paralysed by fear and has been left to bear the brunt of the ANC’s carelessness.”

“The ANC government spends R9.1 million to protect one VIP but can’t even dispatch lifesaving rural safety units to farming communities,” said Steenhuisen.

The DA is the only party with a plan to make rural communities safer.

“The DA wants to build One South Africa for all. We want to fix the police service and make them honest and professional to ensure that they combat all crimes effectively,” Steenhuisen said.

The DA will for the coming months embark on a rural safety tour where we will engage with farming communities across South Africa about the safety challenges and concerns that they face every day.

Victims of Crime Survey reveals South Africans are rapidly losing trust in SAPS

The most recent Victims of Crime Survey, released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today, reveal that South Africans are now losing trust in the South African Police Service (SAPS) at an alarming rate, and are increasingly being prevented from living their lives to the fullest by a fear of crime.

According to the report over half of South Africans fail to report incidents of housebreakings to the police because they do not believe that the police can do anything about it.

One in three South Africans are prevented from enjoying open spaces due to a fear of falling victim to a crime. This fear also prevents 17% of respondents from allowing their children to play outside, 14% of respondents from walking to town or the shops, and 11% of respondents from dressing how they want.

South Africans clearly also seem to have a complete and utter lack of faith in the SAPS’ ability to be there for them in an emergency: only a quarter of respondents now believe that the police will respond to an emergency in less than 30 minutes, while more than 1 in 10 report they don’t believe the police will arrive at all.

South Africans deserve to live in neighbourhoods that are safe, and to trust in a responsive, well-trained, honest police service. The right to freedom and security of the person, as well as to human dignity, is enshrined in our Constitution. The ANC national government has been unable to secure these fundamental rights and has proven that they are incapable of fighting crime.

The SAPS need proper equipment, training and adequate staff to protect the people, and they are not receiving these necessary resources. Our communities have become war-zones as a result of their neglect.

The DA is committed to building One South Africa for All, where the government prioritise the safety of all by ensuring the SAPS is honest and professional.

2 years later, DA-led Johannesburg is bringing CHANGE

From day one, the DA-led City of Johannesburg made jobs and growth its primary focus. By creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs and businesses to grow, it was only a matter of time before the results began to show.

Creating Jobs

Despite the continued rise in the national expanded unemployment rate to 37.2% in the second quarter of 2018, the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) released by Stats SA earlier this week shows this government has created an environment that produced 109 000 new jobs since the beginning of the year. This was achieved while reducing the expanded unemployment rate from 32.3% to 30.8%. If this trend continues, the City is well on its way to reaching the goal of 5% growth by 2021.

Quality infrastructure and the stabilisation of services will always be a non-negotiable for business in the continent’s economic capital. The City has met this expectation by not only renewing infrastructure and stabilising services but establishing a responsive, dedicated, accountable and professional civil service that inspires confidence with the people of Johannesburg and delivers world-class services that will continue to make Johannesburg an attractive destination for investment.

Opportunity Centres

The Khoebo Opportunity Centre has seen hundreds of young entrepreneurs walk through its doors, turning ideas into small businesses. The roll out of these Opportunity Centres are beginning to assist residents with crucial skills and support to grow their businesses so that they too can create job opportunities. In addition to Khoebo, the City’s goal is to create 13 more Opportunity Centres through Johannesburg, deepening access to jobs with two in every one of the seven regions throughout the City by 2021.

Fighting Corruption

Crime and corruption have become public enemy number one in the City of Johannesburg, and we are winning the war. More than 3 500 cases of corruption and maladministration involving almost R18 billion has been uncovered by the newly established Group Forensics and Investigation Services (GFIS) and the recruitment of an additional 1 500 Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers has ensured the streets of Johannesburg are much safer. The launch of Operation Buya Mthetho has seen to more than 8 000 arrests by law enforcement officials since the beginning of the year.

Over 20 000 arrests have been made by the JMPD, and the GFIS has a specialised unit that counter-acts building hijacking syndicates and returns properties that have been hijacked to their rightful owners. With the assistance of the JMPD, this unit has already returned 73 buildings to their rightful owners.

Fighting Drug Addiction

A free Community Substance Abuse Treatment Centres has been opened which includes provision for a 24-hour crisis line where the people of Johannesburg can speak with caring professional staff to get the help that they need. By the end of this financial year there will be eight of these Centres reaching areas such as Poortjie, Bophelong and Cosmo City.

In order to open up access to health services, extended operating hours within City clinics have ensured that residents do not have to decide between making it to work and receiving medical attention, and so that students never have to choose between going to school and accessing healthcare.

One of the greatest privileges one can ever be entrusted with is a mandate from the people to serve and it is these DA-led governments’ past two years of service to the residents of these great cities that we should all be celebrating today.

– DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane

Do your duty, Mr President, and deploy the army to Cape Town’s gang hotspots.

The Deputy Police Minister, Bongani Mkongi, refused to accept the DA’s memorandum, making it clear that the ANC-led National Government refuses to face and address the high levels of gang-related crimes on the Cape Flats.

Some even receive money from the proceeds of crime – whether from cash-in-transit heists or from the illegal cigarette trade – and they escape prosecution by buying favours. One of the cash heist kingpins who was recently arrested was not only an ANC employee at Luthuli House, but also an elected ANC branch secretary.

Our crime-stricken communities have been failed by the ANC nation-wide, but we are gathered here in Cape Town today because the people of Phillippi, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Mannenberg, Nyanga and many other neighbourhoods are suffering particularly badly.

Your government has a duty to protect you from crime and criminals. It says so in our Constitution. Your right to freedom and security is one of the very first things mentioned in the Bill of Rights.

And this right applies to each and every person in this country. Not only those who support the ruling party. Not only those who live in provinces governed by the ruling party. All South Africans.

This is affirmed in the President’s oath of office. And while President Ramaphosa might believe that his first duty is to unify the ANC, the oath he swore was to “protect and promote the rights of all South Africans”.

Why is it then that the people of the Western Cape are treated differently?

Why must people across the City of Cape Town live in fear of gangs and violent crime every day without getting the same police resources as the rest of the country?

Why is it that the entire City of Cape Town, at one officer per 560 people, has far fewer police than the rest of South Africa?

And why has Cape Town’s ratio deteriorated so much since 2016, when it was one officer per 439 people?

There’s only one plausible explanation:

You are angry and frustrated at having to live in fear of criminals, and they are hoping that you will turn this anger towards the DA instead of them.

The truth is that provincial and local governments have no control at all over SAPS resources. They have no say over how many officers get deployed or where they get sent. This is entirely up to national government.

The ANC hopes that you don’t know this, and so they play this terrible game while you and your families suffer at the hands of violent criminals.

The only way they will stop this is if you stand up and tell them to. Every Cape Town community that has been deliberately under-resourced by SAPS must add their voice and demand their rightful protection.

And let me also be clear on one thing: Today is not an attack on SAPS in Cape Town. Police officers in the city work extremely hard under very trying circumstances to curb rampant crime. But these officers are being failed by their management and the Police Ministry by deploying only half the number required.

One way to help protect these communities from the onslaught of gangs and drug dealers is to deploy the army to assist the police.

This is entirely within the President’s powers. Section 201 of our Constitution gives him the authority to send the army in to areas where SAPS need help. This has been done elsewhere in the country, but not here in these communities that suffer the worst crime.

And let me be clear on this: I’m not asking for the army to replace the police here. I’m not calling for the militarisation of our neighbourhoods. I’m talking about the temporary deployment of the army to supplement SAPS so that they can concentrate on investigating crimes and making arrests.

The role of the army would be very clearly defined. They would assist with blockades during SAPS operations, they would escort emergency medical services, they would protect infrastructure like railway lines, taxi ranks and bus stations, and they would help secure school commuter routes, clinics, social development offices and other essential services.

There is no logical reason at all to refuse this. In fact, less than a year ago the ANC government pledged to deploy the army to Cape Town’s worst gang and drug areas.

On three separate occasions then Minister Fikile Mbalula promised the people of these communities that the army would be deployed to help keep them safe.

Why make a promise to the people only to break it a few months later?

Because it is not in the ANC’s interest, that’s why. The safety of the people who live in these gang-infested areas of Cape Town matters less to this ANC government than the political points they can score from the people’s fear and anger.

And while 628 people here in Nyanga must share one police officer, the ANC’s inner circle who enjoy the protection of the Presidential Protection Unit have 81 police officers per person.

You don’t have to accept this, my fellow South Africans. You have the same Constitutional rights as every other citizen of this country. You have the right to the protection of your government.

If you claim these rights and your government still refuses, then you have the right to replace this government with one that will serve you. One that will take a zero-tolerance approach to crime.

First, we would localise SAPS budgets and management authority. This would allow police to form local safety partnerships with, for example, neighbourhood watch groups and enable them to implement customised policing strategies.

Second, we would professionalise the police. We would recruit competent and experienced, leadership and promote them on merit. We would provide adequate training and equipment, and we would introduce stronger accountability measures, such as body-worn and vehicle cameras for on-duty cops, and CCTV surveillance cameras in police stations.

Third, we would introduce specialised units to address criminal activities that require expert knowledge, dedicated intelligence and special equipment. These would include Rural Safety Units, Anti-Hijacking Units, Anti-Gang Units, and Border Security Units.

This is what it will take to make our country safe. We won’t put a stop to criminals by tinkering with a failed plan. We need a new plan. We need total change.

Thank you.

Coalition governments pass a combined R100 billion in pro-poor budgets in Johannesburg, Tshwane and NMB

The following remarks were delivered today at a press conference of coalition partners unpacking the 2018/2019 metro budgets passed in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. The representatives consisted of DA Leader Mmusi Maimane, Cope President Mosiuoa Lekota, ACDP National Chairperson Jo-Ann Downs, FF+ Leader Pieter Groenewald, and IFP Mayco Member for Transport in Johannesburg Nonhlanhla Makhuba

Introduction

In the 2016 Local Government Elections, after over 20 years of ANC government neglect, the people rightly fired the ANC and chose alternative governments in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. From the moment the coalition governments assumed office in these metros, they all set out with a shared vision: to aggressively crush corruption, wage an unrelenting war on crime, shape an enabling environment for job creation and deliver nothing but the highest standard of services to all.

While there is still a long journey and many more complex problems for these coalition governments to solve, huge progress continues to be made.

Last month, the coalition governments in the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in total passed more than a R100 billion in budgets for the 2018/19 financial year. What distinguishes these budgets from previous metro budgets under the ANC is that they are all singularly focused on pro-poor basic service delivery improvements, and on creating an enabling environment for job creation, defeating corruption, and winning the fight against crime.

Our aim is simple: our governments must distinguish themselves by delivering nothing but the best services to all residents of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Every coalition government has crafted a budget that prioritises basic service delivery over luxuries. This is evidence of coalition governments that are fiscally responsible with the people’s money.

Johannesburg 

Under the coalition government in Johannesburg, the City is well on its way to strengthening its hand as the economic powerhouse of Africa. The City of Johannesburg passed a R58.9 billion budget that is rightly aimed at fixing the financial position of Johannesburg, which was left close to bankruptcy by a billing crisis and rampant corruption. It has achieved this by prioritising spending on infrastructure investment, pro-poor development and visible service delivery.

To this end, the Diphetogo Programme has been the clarion call of the City. The Diphetogo Service Delivery Budget includes budget for infrastructural investment, pro-poor service delivery and the fight against drugs and crime.

Over the next three years more than R1 billion will be invested in the tarring of gravel roads through spending on average R357 million each year – a R40 million per year increase. Residents of Johannesburg can expect 6 000 less pipe bursts over the next year as the City has apportioned almost R1 billion to its water network. The City has doubled the amount allocated to re-cabling old intersections and installing traffic light battery packs, ensuring that traffic light faults at intersections will drop by nearly three quarters. Moreover, almost R200 million has been set aside to solve the residual backlog over the next three years.

This coalition government has stressed the fundamental importance of the people’s money being directed to people who need it the most – the poor and vulnerable. That is why next year’s housing budget of almost R1.5 billion is by far the largest ever in the history of the City.

To make residents feel safer, three Community Substance Abuse Treatment Centres will be built with the R12.5 million budgeted to do so. There is also an increase in capital expenditure for public lights to R45 million, which will see the installation of 2 300 new lights in public areas across the City.

Tshwane

The leadership team behind the Capital’s revival have ambitious plans for the people of Tshwane. The City of Tshwane’s vision will lead to the improvement of basic service delivery, strengthening of public safety, prioritise the poor, rapid growth of the economy and creation of jobs.

Almost R1 billion has been apportioned by the City for electricity, roads, storm water and housing respectively. That is how serious the City is about investing in major infrastructural projects that will power the City, ensure safe roads, modernise storm water and attract investment.

Nearly double the almost R1 billion that will be used for housing has been provided for general infrastructural maintenance and repairs – which is a 20% increase from the previous budget. Water and sanitation has seen nearly half a billion apportioned to it and R25 million has now be made available to fix sinkholes in the City.

The people have reason to feel safe under the Tshwane administration. Whether recovering from drugs and substance abuse or vulnerable to theft and vandalism, the City has put in place measures to ensure that the people’s safety is top of the agenda. R318 million has been directed towards a comprehensive security plan for security services at City facilities so that the amount of theft and vandalism that robs the people of Tshwane of basic service delivery is curtailed. And those who have fallen victim to drug and substance abuse can now know that there this is a City that cares with over R40 million having been budgeted for drugs and substance abuse programmes.

Those who have been left behind and the most vulnerable in our society lie at the heart of the City’s budget. Almost R300 million in capital expenditure will be used on upgrading informal settlements and R132 million to enhance to water and sanitation residents of these settlements. More than a quarter of a billion will be spent on the upgrading of roads and drainage

The operational expenditure budget for planning and feasibility processes over the next year has been increased to nearly R100 million, ensuring that arrangements to identify informal settlements that can be upgraded in the future are being planned and facilitated. The people of the Capital City can look forward to R36 million in infrastructure and social housing units being developed in Chantelle, Townlands and Sunnyside over the next year.

Over a billion rand is being injected into the economy, with job creation at the centre of this investment. Nearly R150 million has been made available to ensure that 23 000 jobs can be created through EPWP initiatives.  More than R40 million has been approved for the inner city over the next year – with almost triple that amount planned for the medium term to tackle water, electricity, roads and water capacity constraints.

Over half a billion rand will be shifted to economic nodes as they are vital areas that need capital involvement to create an enabling environment for job creation. In partnership with institutions such as AIDC, SEDA, EOH, BPESA Gauteng Government, DTI and National Small Business Department, as many as 1 700 people will receive training through skills development centres.

Nelson Mandela Bay

No coalition government is easy to navigate, and Nelson Mandela Bay knows this reality. But never has this difficulty been made the people’s problem. Considerable support has been budgeted for low-income communities, the upgrading of housing and informal settlements, roads and lighting and community facilities.

Low-income communities will never be left behind under the Nelson Mandela Bay coalition government. The coalition will continue to help Assistance to the Poor (ATTP) recipients with more than R2 billion budgeted over the medium term. And R1.5 million will be spent on infrastructure for informal trading (EDTA) over the next year.

The people of the Bay can expect to live in dignity under the coalition government. Almost half a billion rand has been apportioned to upgrading housing and informal settlements. R45 million of this will be used for the acquisition of land for housing development in the areas of Seaview and Lorraine; R183.4 million will be spent on various human settlements projects and a R30 million bucket eradication programme. Morevover, R167.9 million in informal housing and informal electrification programmes will be rolled out over the medium term.

The safety of Nelson Mandela Bay’s roads is a key priority for this government. To ensure this, more than half a billion rand has been put aside for roads and lighting. Over the medium term, R68.5 million will be directed to the resurfacing of roads and the tarring of gravel roads. Subsidised roads will be resurfaced at a cost of R30 million, R40 million in road rehabilitation will be rolled out, and R72.7 million will go towards public lighting.

Finally, almost R150 million will be injected into the upgrading of community facilities. R36 million of this will go towards the construction of three Multi-Purpose Centres. Libraries will be upgraded and restored for R32 million, R18.5 million in sports facilities upgrades will be implemented, a R6 million major park upgrade will be developed, and R49 million in upgrades and development of public open spaces will be rolled out.

Conclusion

In Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, we will continue to work hard to ensure that we govern in an open, transparent and people-orientated manner. After decades of neglect by previous ANC administrations, the people of Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay can have hope in their governments that are focused on delivering for the people. Where we govern, jobs are created, corruption is eradicated, and services are provided to all.

In the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, capital spending that focuses on basic service delivery has been prioritised over all ‘non-essential spending’. And this has led to fiscally prudent government spending in the Johannesburg and Tshwane where record-high budget surplus’ have been achieved.

These metro budgets are focused and responsible pro-poor budgets that seek to build a conducive environment for job-creation, crush corruption, win the war against crime and deliver excellent services to the people. And it is because of their vision and leadership that City-led economic growth continues to flourish in the country.

Nelson Mandela Bay a safer city as DA-led government is winning the fight against crime

When the DA-led coalition took office here in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) in August 2016, we made several commitments to the people who fired the ANC in this city and hired an alternative government. One of those commitments was to tackle the scourge of crime and create a safer city for all those who call ibhayi their home.

Today I can reveal that under this DA-led administration, we have seen an 11% drop in gang-related crimes in Helenvale and surrounding northern areas of NMB over the past 6 months. This is a huge testament to the success of NMB’s metro police force and its tireless work. Indeed, Nelson Mandela Bay is a much safer city than it was two years ago, as the DA-led government is winning the fight against crime.

When we took office, it was evident that corruption and poor governance by the previous ANC government meant that the fight against crime was non-existent. While the city’s metro police system was established in 2012, it still had only one employee – the police chief, Pinkie Mathabethe – who was being paid over R1 million a year.

For four years – from 2012 through 2016 – not one officer was appointed, not one vehicle was procured, and not one arrest was made. Yet the police chief took almost R5 million of city money – the people’s money – in salary alone. The people of Nelson Mandela were desperate for intervention, and sick and tired of the ANCs hollow promises.

Within the first months of being in office, the DA-led government removed the incumbent “police chief” and appointed the vastly experienced and competent Yolande Faro as the new police chief. Following this, the government saw to it that officials were put through training; vehicles and equipment were procured; and metro police stations were established.

I am happy to see that today the NMB metro police force has 129 fully trained metro police officers who are on the beat – regularly out doing patrols and by-law enforcement. In addition to the main station in Port Elizabeth, two new satellite metro police stations were established – one in KwaNobuhle, and this very station in Bethelsdorp. Moreover, plans are underway for two more satellite stations in Summerstrand, Beachfront and at the Thusong Centre, Motherwell.

The force currently has two deputy police chiefs, 38 vehicles, and a bicycle unit that patrols walkways, beachfront areas, and parks. In addition to this, the metro police force has a 24-hour call centre operation – on 041 585 1555 – where your call will be answered no matter the time or day. A ghost squad has also been formed within the metro police force that uses unmarked vehicles to patrol areas where people are often found drinking and driving.

The city also now has Gunshot Monitoring technology in crime hotspots, which detects gunshots and dispatches police to the exact location. Seventeen gang-related arrests in recent months have been linked to information provided by this new technology.

These interventions have only yielded positive results, showing that DA-led governments can turn the tide of crime in towns, cities, and provinces across the country.

The NMB metro police force has to date attended to over 25 000 crime fighting interactions, including 16 523 traffic fines and 804 by-law fines, and 9502 complaints attended to. 427 arrests have been made in total for riotous behaviour, possession of a stolen vehicle, fraud, robbery, assault, malicious injury to property, theft, corruption, and possession of illegal firearm and ammunition.

 

In addition to its own work, the metro police force maintains an excellent, positive working relationship with the regional SAPS. The cluster commander and police chief Faro work closely together, with many joint operations, including with clearing out of criminals and drug lords. SAPS and the NMB metro police hold joint meetings in order to collaborate and ramp up the fight against crime in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The safety of South Africans is of utmost importance to the DA. The people of South Africa, regardless of where they live and their economic circumstances, deserve to be kept safe by properly resourced police stations and a professionalized police service. Where in government, we will do all we can to fight the scourge of crime and create safer communities, towns and cities for the people of South Africa.

 

SAPS fails 7 500 more women and children than they did last year

It was revealed in Parliament today that over the past six months, almost 7 500 more women and children were victims of crime, compared to the same time last year.
This came to light in the Second Quarterly Performance Report that was presented by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to the Police Portfolio Committee.
This is the deeply tragic human cost of an ineffective SAPS.
The report showed that crimes against women increased by 12.1% between April and June and 2.9% between July and September, compared to the same time last year. This means that in the first six months since Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, was appointed, 5 500 more women were victims of crime, compared to the same period last year.
The report also showed that crimes against children went up by 14.5% between April and June and 7.5% between July and September, compared to the same time last year.
This means that 1 900 more children were victims of crime, compared to the same period last year. Put simply, every day 10 more children were victims of crime between April and September this year, than the same time last year.
However, the same report shows that VIPs were provided with 100% protection, that no incidences of crime against these elite were recorded while they were under SAPS protection.
While these VIPs were protected, over 100 000 ordinary women and children did not receive the same level of service.
It is unacceptable that those entrusted with our safety and security seem to be so efficient at protecting the elite but fail so miserably at protecting the country’s most vulnerable.
Mbalula is responsible for providing our women and children with the same kind of protection that he and his friends in the ANC themselves enjoy.

Parliament to debate the scourge of crime and murder in South Africa

On Tuesday, 31 October, Parliament will debate the scourge of crime and murder in South Africa, as requested by the DA.
The recent crime statistics have shown that all South Africans, irrespective of race or background, can become a target of violent crime. Every South African knows the feeling of fearing for their life and the lives of their loved ones.
Women and children are the most vulnerable, they are often the targets of horrific rapes and a shocking seven women and children are murdered every day.
In townships across South Africa crime has reached crisis levels as murder, rape and brutal attacks have become the order of the day.
Rural communities are also under siege. Farmers, farmworkers, and other rural residents live in constant fear, as numbers of people in rural communities being brutally murdered increase year on year.
Violent crime is not targeted at one specific group or groups. The 52 murders and 109 rapes that occur every day are crippling communities across the racial and socio-economic spectrum.
The scourge of violence in South Africa is a damning indictment on the ANC government.
Violent crime in South Africa has reached crisis point and sadly the South African Police Services (SAPS) seems to be losing the fight.
The time has come for Minister Fikile Mbalula to urgently reinstate the specialised units, which were successful at targeting specific crimes such as rural safety units, anti-drug and gang units. These were disabled with no effective alternative to replace them.
Enough is enough. We need to take our country back from the criminals that are crippling our society with fear.
No life has more value than another. Every life lost in these tragic crimes, is one life too many.
As the DA we are committed to seeing violent crime being rooted out of our communities. We stand with women, children, people in townships, rural communities and every South African who has been targeted by crime.