'Govt recognises the need to bolster fight against crime'

Date: 01 Mar 2007
The government was committed to fighting crime, but just needed to do it better, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has said. She was replying to questions in the National Assembly yesterday, including one from Democratic Alliance MP Manie van Dyk on whether she would add crime as the seventh binding constraint to economic growth under the government's Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for SA. Given that crime was one of the government's major focus areas, its reference went beyond Asgisa and it was therefore not necessary to add it as a binding constraint, Mlambo-Ngcuka said. "What is required is to continue and intensify our fight against crime." In his response, Van Dyk accused Mlambo-Ngcuka of not recognising crime as a barrier to economic development. An irate Mlambo-Ngcuka said she would not dignify Van Dyk's interpretation of her reply with an answer. "(Prevention) is one of the basic services we have to provide … We just need to do it better," she said, to applause from MPs. By Angela Quintal The Star 01/03/07