ANC president Jacob Zuma has acknowledged that crime continues to be a "thorn in the side of all the people" of South Africa.
He said that after the April 22 elections, his government would be tougher on criminals and on crime.
Addressing members of the KwaZulu-Natal Progressive Professional Network - a forum of intellectuals and academics from various fields - in Durban on Tuesday night, Zuma said it was important that people did not just complain about crime, but should do something.
"Our integrated efforts are needed to win a war against crime.
"It calls for each and every one of us to stop buying stolen goods, so that criminals will not have a market," he said.
Zuma said the issue of fighting corruption would also be a priority.
His comments come after his well-publicised visit to the Rhema Bible Church in Gauteng that stirred up debate and set tongues waging from a range of political quarters who felt that religion and politics should not be mixed.
Zuma also defended black economic empowerment, saying his government would ensure that more was done in this regard.