Makhura urges residents to wage war on crime

Johannesburg - The people of Gauteng need to wage war on crime to better protect their children, Premier David Makhura said on Monday.

"Crime is a big problem for us, our children are being killed," he told residents of Reiger Park on the East Rand.

"They are caught in the crossfire. We must wage war on crime and gangsterism."

Makhura was meeting the community of Reiger Park as part of government's Gauteng township economy revitalisation programme.

He said the only way the community could win the war against crime, which had recently led to the death of at least two children, was to be united.

Four-year-old Taegrin Morris was killed in a botched hijacking in Reiger Park last month. Hijackers who had just forced his family out of their vehicle drove off with him still hanging out of the car, trapped by his seat-belt.

The hijackers abandoned the car several kilometres away with the dead toddler inside.

Three-year-old Cuburne Lavone van Wyk disappeared on 6 August while playing outside with siblings. A partially burnt body of a child was found at a mine dump in the area and police were trying to establish if it was the toddler.

"We now have a case of Cuburne van Wyk here and in Westbury [Luke Tibbetts] another child passed on, again caught in the crossfire. This is a war we must win for the sake of our children and community. We must work together and be united," said Makhura.

Earlier this month, a 3-year-old boy died after being caught in the cross-fire during a shooting in Westbury, Johannesburg.

Luke Tibbetts had been on life support machines in hospital since the shooting on 2 August. He died six days later.

Lindray Khakhu was arrested for allegedly shooting Tibbetts, while Keenan Mokwena, who was also shot and wounded in the incident, was arrested on Wednesday.

Both would appear in the Newlands Magistrate's Court in Sophiatown on 12 August.

Makhura began his day by visiting the Van Wyk family.

Apostle Ncakeni 2014/08/11 02:43:48 PM
BUT SANRAL is committing crime against humanity and is treated with kid gloves
Akhenaten 2014/08/11 02:48:51 PM
It will be hard for the public to fight crime without the full co-operation of the police. I wont report a crime unless I am sure the policeman I report it to or his friend are innocent. You cannot report a crime to a criminal.
Please dont go 2014/08/11 02:52:37 PM
So can we put the government in jail please!!!!!!!
Darrion Dickens 2014/08/11 02:53:23 PM
"Crime is a big problem for us, our children are being killed," he told residents of Reiger Park on the East Rand. "They are caught in the crossfire. We must wage war on crime and gangsterism." Um... Have I misunderstood or has Makhura just encouraged people to resort to vigilantism!? While I do agree that it is probably these families will get any form of true justice, does nobody remember what happened last time 'round (PAGAD). How does somebody this stupid and ignorant get elected as a premier. Never-mind, don't answer that, I just remembered who currently holds the title of president.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/11 03:11:16 PM
That's right bring on the vigilante groups. If that what it will take then so be it. The police and other authorities are not doing much.
Zilindile Gagule 2014/08/11 03:15:07 PM
Only one solution to Mr Nkosinathi Nhleko to reduce the firearms control act bcoz the guns used to commit crimes are sold out to criminals by SAPS officers,so every citizens must be given a right to possess the firearm to protect our childrens.Or Bheki Cele must be recall back as National police general to combat the crime.
Marc Anthony Webb 2014/08/11 03:23:52 PM
David Makhura crime has escalated way out of control and there is no deterrent to stop them...Our neighourhoods are under siege daily by gangs roaming the streets in cars looking for homes to burgal there is a added bonus if they catch someone at home they torture and murder them...
Chris May 2014/08/11 03:30:30 PM
Wage war? It is there already. We want to stand together for peace and well-being. What we resist, persists. Wage war = create war. South African people are far bigger than this. Advocate for peace and food and happiness.
Erna Westdyk 2014/08/11 03:54:28 PM
How can the people of Gauteng wage war against crime if we can't trust the very institutions that are supposed to protect us?
Bernard Roccon 2014/08/11 04:09:53 PM
Police are suppose to fight this war? Must the citizen's do everything for them? Where are the old "koevoet" and "rekkies", they will sort this out in no time!