Pretoria, South Africa - Directors of Crime Stoppers International (CSI) meet this weekend in Cape Town with South African law enforcement agents with whom they will discuss global crime trends ahead of their annual conference to be held in South Africa later this year.
South Africa’s Yusuf Abramjee, appointed second Vice-President of the CSI is 2012, said it is historic that the conference is coming to South Africa and there will be a number of international speakers, including leading crime experts.
CSI represents crime stoppers programmes from around the world with the aim of encouraging members of the public to pass on crime tip-offs anonymously.
CSI claims that since it was founded in 1976, more than US$10 billion in drugs and property have been recovered and one arrest is recorded every seven minutes thanks to tip-offs made to the CSI programmes.
The 15 directors, which include three South African representatives, will discuss ways in which global partnerships can be strengthened and closer collaboration with law enforcement agencies can be secured.
CSI President, Alex MacDonald from Bermuda, said that it was significant that the CSI board meeting and conference were being hosted in Africa for the first time. 'Our South African counterparts are leading the way and now it it's Africa's time.'
Organisers said the CSI Conference will be held in Cape Town from 16 - 18 October 2014 and will bring civilians, law enforcement officials, governments, academics and non-profit organisations together.
South Africa's CSI representatives are Yusuf Abramjee of Crime Line, Lt.-Gen. Vinesh Moonoo, and Col. Dr Attie Lamprecht from Detective Services.
'Crime knows no borders. It is important for us as civilians to have the opportunity to engage with law enforcement and look at ways of strengthening the fight against crime. The role of the public is vital and we have a responsibility to strengthen Crime Stoppers and its activities not only in South Africa, but in the rest of the continent,' said Abramjee.
He urged members of the public 'to continue doing the right thing and stand up for justice.'
He said the cross examination of witnesses in the Oscar Pistorius Trial 'appears to have created some reluctance among some members of the public to come forward and testify in court cases going forward. There is no need for that. We must continue to allow the justice system to run its course and we as civilians must do the right thing.'