Comment by John Robbie

John comments on crime

We are all fed up with crime aren’t we? I mean we read aboutit every day and those dinner party conversations have started to dominate again.It’s so sad and annoying because for a few years we seemed to be getting ahandle of it, don’t get me wrong crime levels have always been high but it’sbeen coming down dramatically year after year. I remember 25 years ago a famousscenario planner Clem Sunter spoke to usat 702 and he said crime will continue until we get to a place where crime doesn’tpay. <br><br>Story from Sowetan today, a 32 year old mother of two hasbeen sentenced to 5 years in jail, found guilty of fraud and theft. When you lookat the details it really makes you cross. She was a Snr Admin at Soweto Protea magistratecourt. she systematically stole money (R60k)from the court’s coffers, including money earmarked for maintenancebeneficiaries so she actually stolemoney out of the mouths of kids and poor people. But this is the staggeringthing, R30 million a year is estimated to be stolen from court cash halls in Gauteng,the magistrate said this lady lied to the court and showed no remorse. So themoney will be recovered from her pension fund. So crime is not just about povertybut about greed. A task team was set up and this lady was caught and will go tojail. <br><br>So crime has not paid for her. The trouble is,and this is the point, when you look at things across the board, from themillions spent on Nkandla, to Dina Pule, to Stoan Sizani’s wife, to colludingCEOs who got billions that year, to Glen Agliotti, to gunmen who get away withmoney, the subliminal message that comes across is that if you’re not enrichingyourself in South Africa, you’re stupid. We need a crusade against greed and weneed a crusade against crime because the two are linked

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