Mbeki does care about crime in South Africa

Trade union Solidarity launched a letters campaign to President Thabo Mbeki about the "chaotic" state of crime in our country. On visiting the website, I was shocked to see that it was linked to AfriForum's website.

Trade union Solidarity launched a letters campaign to President Thabo Mbeki about the "chaotic" state of crime in our country. On visiting the website, I was shocked to see that it was linked to AfriForum's website.

These people are misleading South Africans and are hoping that their racist campaign will increase their membership.

But South Africans are not naive. We know that crime is a priority in our country. Even Mbeki and his cabinet knows it.

Mbeki, in his report on the organisation's 95th birthday, stated: "During the course of 2007, we need to make every possible effort to decisively tackle this challenge [crime], by drawing on the resources and capacity of all sectors of society in a united front against crime."

Does this sound like a president who does not care about fighting crime?

The opposition parties, such as the DA, have jumped on to the AfriForum bandwagon, not that I am surprised.

The majority of impoverished South Africans are doing something constructive about fighting crime.

In black communities the community policing forums are working actively with the police and the government to fight crime.

To FNB I would like to say, please invest your R20 million in poverty alleviation programmes that will benefit our country.

Andile Dyakala, Johannesburg

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