Zakeeya Patel

Actress

South Africans have become so desensitized to the number of violent crimes that occur in our country but it has come to a point where it can no longer be ignored. We can no longer turn a blind eye until it happens to us. The violent nature of our crime must be taken into account - often mindless violence underpins minor crime in SA: where someone is shot for a cellphone or a granny is gang raped during a robbery. This is horrific and unacceptable. It's time to Blow the Whistle on crime in our country.
I support Blow the Whistle to raise awareness and to shake people out of their comfortable bubbles. I want to get people angry, to get them to fight and to stop accepting crime in our country. We need to Blow the Whistle on crime - from petty crimes to the blatant, violent and monstrous crimes. Crime needs to be dealt with and exposed at all its levels- from the streets to our government.
Action needs to be taken, but in order to do that we need to address the root of the problem. South Africa is beset by crime due to a myriad of socio economic factors - but primarily lack of education and poverty. People are often driven to crime as they have no other means to support themselves or their families. However, turning to crime is made easier by the lawlessness and weak imposition of the law in South Africa. This is where we need to start.