Integrated society needed to fight crime - Nhleko

Johannesburg - Police, state departments, and communities need to work together to fight crime against children, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said on Tuesday.

"An integrated, co-ordinated approach between all sectors of society is needed because crime against the vulnerable is extremely concerning," Nhleko told journalists in Johannesburg.

Nhleko was addressing media together with Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba.

Nhleko said crime against children was often a by-product of other circumstances, such as social and economic problems.

"It is for this reason that police need co-operation from state departments such as the department of social development," he said.

Police also needed the involvement of the community, such as community policing forums (CPF), to protect children from crime.

"The community needs to work with police in a structured, integrated way," said Nhleko.

These approaches were particularly important as crime against children had been on the rise in recent months.

Three-year-old Cuburne Lavone van Wyk was kidnapped and murdered in Reiger Park, east of Johannesburg.

His body was discovered at a mine dump in the area on 9 August.

A man appeared in court on Friday in connection with his death and possible kidnapping.

Taegrin Morris, 4, was also killed during a botched hijacking last month in Reiger Park.

No arrests had been made on the matter.

Three-year-old Luke Tibbetts also died when he was hit by stray bullets during a shooting in Westbury.

Two men have been arrested for their alleged involved in Tibbetts' death.

justaperson 2014-08-19 06:45:11 PM
oh ok.... tell you what. We'll fight the crime. We also get to stop paying the taxes that go towards paying our police force. Howzat?
Bucho Lecious Tladi 2014-08-19 07:29:46 PM
Criminals are criminals and they must be treated like criminals not humans.Justice system is more worried with the accused(criminals) than victims(community).To hell with this GOVERMENT.
Bucho Lecious Tladi 2014-08-19 07:29:46 PM
Criminals are criminals and they must be treated like criminals not humans.Justice system is more worried with the accused(criminals) than victims(community).To hell with this GOVERMENT.
Avela A. 'Maqashalala 2014-08-19 08:02:56 PM
Minister Nhleko is on the right track...
Bento Maepa 2014-08-19 08:23:21 PM
I don't think he is aware that communities were involved in community policing long before he was born. It is the ANC that turned against people when people started ratting on the ANC's rotten cadres.
sxp 2014-08-19 08:43:25 PM
What we need is to break up the unity-state and remove the ANC.
Greg Petersen 2014-08-19 08:54:43 PM
What do you know about crime mr minister? Were you a policeman? Do you know how to fight crime? No because you were taken from nowhere and employed
Truth.speak 2014-08-19 11:30:49 PM
Blah blah blah, words words words, all hot air