South Africa’s Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula issued a statement, reacting to the attempted hijacking of Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
In the statement, Minister Mbalula expressed that he learnt with shock, the brazen attempted armed hijacking of Miss South Africa, Nel-Peters.
“This happened early last night (07 June 2017) near Hyde Park Corner Shopping Mall, Johannesburg. Miss Nel-Peters was unharmed in the incident.
“As part of the Minister’s outreach to in particular female and children victims of crime, Minister Mbalula contacted Miss Nel-Peters and Miss South Africa Organization and shared words of comfort.
“…Miss Nel-Peters is shaken but in good spirit and safe – she has incredible courage.
“The personal belongings of Miss South Africa were taken, but the suspects fled without taking her car. The Police attended to the crime scene and conducted interviews and scene investigations,” related the statement.
Mr Mbalula acknowledged that Miss South Africa is playing an important role in the country in terms of giving hope to youth and young women.
With that, he assured South Africans that he’ll fight crime in the country with all the might of his portfolio.
“No resources will be spared in the fight against crime,” he said. “Enough is enough was two decades ago, now is the time to take the war against crime direct to these enemies of the people.
“It should be made a societal shame when armed men point deadly weapons at females, these cowards are called amagwala (the cowards are afraid),” asserted Mbalula.
The police Minister affirmed that crimes against women must be given more priority. He promised to deploy the resources needed in fighting crimes against women.
“Each father, brother, uncle must realise that each crime against a female could be a crime against a sister, mother or aunt. Men must protect their women folk and not turn them into prey,” added the Minister.
Afterwards, the Minister urged members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to treat each reported crime against women as a priority.
Also, he begged South Africans to stop buying stolen or suspected stolen goods. This, he said, fuels the market for crime.