It’s depressing talking about crime, but over the last few years, the crime statistics were all going in the right direction and that was always a source of comfort, because the crime stats were always coming down. But now as we’ve seen this last spike upwards, it is a really big concern - it’s obvious that we’ve all got to work together to change attitudes, to fight crime and to make sure it doesn’t pay because that is the way to deal with it. Make it not worth doing crime in the country and of course it needs a thriving economy.
If the economy is flying, then there’s no point in getting involved in crime because you can make money legitimately. It needs an efficient criminal justice system – we’ve been longing for that for a long time.
Moral regeneration: we had a movement - and it was headed by, yes, Jacob Zuma at one stage – and also national pride comes into it. We need to address all of these things and lessons have to be learnt from other countries about what can be done.
That is why we are so keen on the annual Crime Stoppers International Conference to be held in South Africa. It’s being held in CapeTown next week and it’s the first time ever it’s been held in Africa. It’s a conference that will not just be a talk shop – the police will be there,government, ministers – they will be listening to what is being presented. It will be a networking opportunity for everyone that is there – there are 60 top local and international speakers that will share their experiences on things like: world trafficking, crimes against economy, environmental crimes, corruption and also skills development to fight crime. It’s a marvellous opportunity to bring all walks of life together, to share information and to build unity. Any person or any business that wants to embrace the fight against crime in South Africa and the world must have a presence there - it’s as simple as that.
You can get a special local rate for attending and booking your place there. The point I want to make is that the cut off time for registering is tomorrow. Please note that if you are deciding or thinking about it or you need to get permission to go, it’s crimestoppers-conference2014.com.
If in doubt, then go! Let’s do it together – John Robbie
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