Gauteng ANC: We'll reclaim the streets from criminals
The Communities United Against Crime campaign will take a visible stance against crime across the province.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says it will reclaim the streets from criminals through community activism and a series of marches across the province this weekend.
The leadership from the provincial ANC, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Communist Party have announced a joint campaign against crime, drugs and police killings.
The Communities United Against Crime campaign will run across the province, using the structures in the alliance to take a visible stand against crime at a community level.
The Gauteng ANC says as the business hub of South Africa, the province must no longer be held to ransom by drug manufacturers and criminals who attack police officials.
Provincial secretary Hope Papo says major crimes are disrupting the economic development of Gauteng.
"Gauteng cannot be under siege from counter-revolutionary criminals. The people of Gauteng play an important role in the economy of South Africa.
He says this is why communities must join marches this Saturday, to hand over memorandum condemning the violence to various police stations.
"This campaign is premised on our long-held belief that people are their own liberators. It will involve various community based organisations."
Papo says provincial structures estimate between 50,000 and 100,000 people will take part in the marches across the province.
(Edited Masechaba Sefularo)