Businessman and reformed gangster Gayton McKenzie says that South African communities need to take a stand against crime by reporting suspects to the police and sharing any useful information.
McKenzie told CapeTalk and 702 presenter Redi Tlhabi that the fight against crime will only be won if citizens do not allow fear to overshadow the course of justice.
This comes after he apprehended an alleged kingpin who leads a notorious hijacking syndicate in Johannesburg.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
Communities know the criminals, we know who they are. The only way to fight crime is to report them. If all of us are scared, criminals will run this country. They want to instill fear in us, so they can rule us.— Gayton McKenzie, businessman and reformed gangster
McKenzie said South Africans must become active citizens, volunteer to help at police stations and use the expertise of other reformed criminals.
He offered advice on how South Africans can avoid being victimised or conned by criminals and pleaded to them not to blame government or police incompetence.
@RediTlhabi Totally agree with him , community members know who the criminals are but dont wana report anonymously— Kundai Marvel..🇿🇼🇿🇦 (@kundiemarvel) October 19, 2015
@RediTlhabi Gayton is correct. Certain people (not communities) do idolize the gang culture popularized by US music industry. Its cool & hip— Clarens South Africa (@clarensza) October 19, 2015
Im curious to know what Gayton would have done if that person he confronted had retaliated. @RediTlhabi— Mr United (@Kwasi_Genius) October 19, 2015