Our streets have been turned into graveyards by our children, who are our chief tormentors. What has gone wrong?
Poverty cannot be a justification for crime. Greed, not poverty, is the reason for the increasing crime rate. How can hunger make a person a rapist?
Crime is a reflection of a society's values. Eliminating crime is a social issue, not just a problem for the police. Criminal mentality is a conditioned process. The ineffectiveness of the police in dealing with criminals is, due to a large extent, to communities supporting the culprits.
Criminals mirror an abnormal society. Crime is a result of entitlement, lack of visionary and accountable political leadership, broken families, bullies, lies, greed, deceit, intolerance and corruption.
A society that puts wealth and possessions above family values and nation building is misguided.
Strong, functioning families are the foundation of an effective society. Families were once the foundation of our society. Now it is the opposite.
For effective crime prevention we must deal with the breakdown of the family. Strengthening families is crucial in building the neglected communities in hostels, inner-city slums and squatter camps.
Eliminating crime is the responsibility of the police, functioning families, strong communities, the judiciary, political leaders and the media.
It is time to reclaim our hard fought for freedom. A truly free South Africa is the best way to honour the memories of those who died for it. Let us all work to build a country where all children, women, the elderly and men are safe.
Lucas Ntyintyane, Johannesburg