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South African police vow to curb crimes for Chinese nationals safety

(Xinhua)

15:02, March 21, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The South African police will crack down on crimes to ensure the safety of the Chinese nationals, a government official said here on Tuesday.

The remark above was made by South African Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu as she visited the South African Chinese Community and Police Co-operation Center (SACCPCC) at Chinatown in Johannesburg for the first time.

The minister praised the SACCPCC for its success in ensuring the community safety in the city, regarding it as the best community safety style.

In recent years, no robbing and other fatal incidents have occurred in Chinatown due to the strict safety management.

However, a total of thirty two Chinese nationals were recorded dead in 201 cases related to robbery and other fatal incidents in South Africa in 2011, according to the SACCPCC.

The SACCPCC said the safety patrols are carried out by young guards with convenient communication platforms around the clock every day in Chinatown.

The minister said she expects more cooperation with the SACCPCC and the Chinese communities in other provinces in an effort to crack down on crime activities for the safety of all Chinese in South Africa.

On the evening of March 8, seven Chinese youths were looted by several armed burglars in their residence in Johannesburg, leaving one youth dead and two injured.

The SACCPCC member said the late youth's wife has still not recovered from the psychological suffering after witnessing her newly-married husband was being struck dead by the robber with the iron rod.

Police have launched a thorough investigation into the death incident with an aim of bringing the criminals to justice as soon as possible, the minister said.

China is the second largest economic entity in the world, and also the largest trade partner of South Africa. A high-ranking official in the police department was appointed in charge of dealing with all safety issues from the Chinese nationals in the country, according to the minister.

South Africa is home to more than 300,000 Chinese, which are playing a more and more important role in the social development in South Africa, said the minister.

She said some police officials will visit China in the coming years for the exchange of the experiences in cracking down on all crime activities in social, economic and other fields.


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