PRETORIA-- South Africa's Cabinet is deeply concerned about the level of violence in the country and has called on all sectors, communities and law-enforcement agencies, to work together to ensure that schools and public spaces are safe and secure.

Addressing a post-Cabinet media briefing here Thursday, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said:

Cabinet endorses the intervention by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (of departments) to urgently engage on a comprehensive strategy to deal with various issues emanating from the recently released crime statistics.

This includes the recently held National Summit on Crime and Violence Prevention which developed a joint vision on safety as a collective responsibility. The summit also provided a platform for key stakeholders and experts to engage on the effective implementation of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security across all sectors.

The acts of violence that broke out in several parts of the country are unacceptable and go against our Constitution. Cabinet commends the South African Police Service for the swift responses in arresting those suspected of being involved in public violence and possession of suspected stolen goods, Mokonyane said.


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