Chinese entrepreneurs say that investing and fighting crime in South Africa go hand in hand.
Chinese businesspeople have committed themselves to eradicating crime at Madadeni industrial estates, New Castle, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. They have established the Chinese Community Policing Forum in partnership with local residents.
Chinese businesses joined the Community Policing Forum (CPF), the police and the municipality to fight crime in the area.
The Chinese CPF was launched on Saturday with the blessing of Phumzile Mbatha-Cele, the mayor, and Zhang Lianyun, China's consul-general.
The Madadeni industrial estates are occupied mainly by Chinese businesses, which employ local people.
Zhang said he was pleased about the overwhelming support he received from the Safety and Security Department for protecting the Chinese entrepreneurs.
He said the move would attract more investment to Newcastle.
"This launch shows that the municipality attaches great importance to the development of relations between South Africa and China," said Zhang.
He said Chinese people will join South Africans in fighting crime and poverty through the creation of businesses.
Mbatha-Cele said people should stop being naive about crime.
"Crime affects everyone and we need to unite against it. I'm concerned that women and children are victims of crime.
"Most of the people who work in these factories are women who want nothing more than to feed their children, but they are being robbed of the little they earn," Mbatha-Cele said.
She applauded the Chinese for helping to develop Newcastle and for fighting crime.