2007-08-08 : Letter : We're trying, but is the minister?

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2007-08-08 : Letter : We're trying, but is the minister?

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-08-21 08:23

We're trying, but is the minister?

August 06, 2007 Edition 1

On more than one occasion now Safety and Security Minister
Charles Nqakula has said that the public should do more in the
fight against crime and in protecting themselves. I wish to
point out a few things to him.

We, the public, including businesses, already employ more people
in the security industry than there are in the South African
Police Service.

Driving through the streets of our cities one notices that
almost every home is barricaded behind devil's fork palisades,
razor wire and electrified fences. Nowhere else in the world
will one find such home and business fortifications.

Nearly all homes have burglar bars and alarm systems.

Motor vehicles too are fitted with alarms and anti-hijack

We lock ourselves in every night.

These are but a few of the measures that we take to fight crime
and protect ourselves.

What more must we do, Minister Nqakula?

Our law-abiding citizens, through fire arms legislation, are
being disarmed and deprived of their defence against criminals.
When one protects oneself against criminals in your own home (or
anywhere else) you are treated as the person on the wrong side
of the law.

In reaction to a call for his resignation following the release
recently of crime statistics, Minister Nqakula defiantly stated
that he would not do so.

Is it too much to expect from our leaders that they should
accept responsibility within their portfolios?

Oribi, Silverton
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