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The rampant and violent crime that has besieged our country demands that no avenue be spared in our search for answers to curb this epidemic.
In my opinion lack of education fuels the sheer brutality and senselessness that often characterise crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery and hijacking.
Though there is a large proportion of empirical data suggesting that there is a relationship between lack of education and violent crimes, it seems the government has not taken this issue seriously.
I am not saying that all uneducated people are violent criminals, all I am saying is that most people who commit serious and violent crimes, happen to have minimal if not no education at all.
This is why I think South Africa should embrace the free education policy. We stand a good chance of defeating crime if more people went to school and became more productive in their lives.
The government's safety and security cluster seems to have run out of ideas on how to save us from crime.
It is high time that money used to combat crime through policing be diverted to educational programmes intended to equip our people with skills and training. This must start with the introduction of free education from primary to tertiary levels.
Teboho Katze, Braamfontein