Partnerships help fight crime - Mthethwa

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says communities should continue helping police fight crime.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the opening of Polmed's new building in Pretoria. Picture: Barry Batemen/EWN

PRETORIA - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Friday said strong public/private partnerships contribute significantly to fighting crime.

He was speaking at the Annual Tracker Police Awards in Pretoria.

The event recognises police officers for their work, particularly in vehicle recovery.

Mthethwa said that after 10 years of partnership with Tracker, 60,000 vehicles were recovered and more than 10,000 criminals were arrested.

"This is particularly important when considering how stolen vehicles are involved in many other forms of violent crimes."

The minister reiterated government's call for South Africans to help police.

"They [criminals] steal from the poor and the rich. They harass the youth and the elderly, making them our common enemies."