Police minister Bheki Cele will from Thursday host a two-day national crime prevention summit.
The summit in Boksburg seeks to create a joint vision on safety and will provide a platform for experts to discuss the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security.
It comes hard on the heels of bleak crime statistics released on Tuesday‚ indicating that serious crimes‚ including murder‚ attempted murder and sexual offences‚ were increasing. In 2017/2018‚ 20‚336 murders were recorded‚ an average of 57 people killed every day.
“It is also aimed at developing consensus on the role of government‚ civil society‚ private sector and communities in promoting safety outcomes‚ facilitating the establishment of institutional mechanisms for the implementation of the White Paper on Safety and Security as well as building networks and [encouraging] collaboration and co-production of community safety initiatives‚” the police said.