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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele has reiterated his call for the community to stop buying stolen goods.
Speaking in Durban yesterday during the opening of the provincial crime summit, Ndebele said criminals would only stop stealing once the public refrained from buying stolen goods.
The purpose of the summit is to create conditions for a criminal justice system plan to combat crime. Members of the police, the departments of Safety and Security and of Justice, as well as businessmen attended the summit.
"During the state of the province speech earlier this year we noted that KwaZulu-Natal had moved a long way to create a peaceful province.
"We have now dealt with political violence. As we have moved away from this violence we find that we are now challenged by crimes against the person and crimes against property," he said.
He said it was very sad that people were being killed for things such as credit cards.
"They are being killed for their bank cards and they are being killed for their cellphones. Any level of crime is unacceptable. It does not matter whether it is violent or non-violent; a crime is a crime is a crime," he said.
Ndebele praised the police for going all out in dealing with drug syndicates as well as tracking down some of the most wanted criminals in the country. He said about 50000 illegal firearms had been confiscated in the province.
But crime against property and people remained a problem.
"We are setting deliberate steps to deal with this. To win the war against crime requires a change of culture and behaviour among our people. We believe we will never beat crime as government if we act alone.
"Acting alone as the communities, it is impossible to beat crime for ever. Acting alone as business we will fail against criminals."
A community that created a market for stolen goods was as guilty as the criminals themselves.
"Families must become units of behavioural excellence where respect, dignity, trust and love are taught like a religion. We want to reiterate that there will be no place to hide for criminals."