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Crime Line Praised at International CSI Conference
Source: SA - the Good News
Source Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 28, 2011

Abramjee said the media partnerships in South Africa assisted with the many successes. Recently, a campaign to track down ATM bombers led to at least nine arrests. "It shows if we all work together, we can achieve a lot," Abramjee said.

He said more campaigns to track down wanted criminals would be launched. "Police have thousands of wanted on their lists and we need to highlight that. We have to be the eyes and ears."

The conference is also focusing on the role tip-offs can play to combat corruption. Abramjee said the concept of whistle-blowing had to become a "way of life."

"We are seeing an increase in corruption and we need to all stand up and do something. We need to say no to corruption and bribery," said Abramjee.

President of CSI, Michael Gordon-Gibson, congratulated Abramjee, who is a director on the board of the world body, for refusing a R7-million bribe recently. Abramjee alerted police after he uncovered a school subsidy scam and was offered a bribe. Reverend Josias Mabasa was arrested as he paid the first instalment of R50,000. Gordon Gibson said it was "encouraging to see individuals like Abramjee standing up for justice. He refused the bribe and did something."

News of the suspension of National Police Commissioner, General Bheki Cele, on Monday, took many delegates at the conference by surprise. Abramjee said it was expected "and we need to continue to support and encourage a culture of clean governance."

Last year, South Africa won a number of awards at the CSI conference and they have again been nominated this year. Colonel Attie Lamprecht from Crime Stop said he was "confident that South Africa would shine again."


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