The Gauteng government has announced that it wants to work with technology companies and innovators to help fight rising crime.
Gauteng recorded 1 556 murders between January and March 2023.
Speaking at the Huawei Eco-Connect Sub-Saharan Africa 2023 conference in Sandton on Thursday, Premier Panyaza Lesufi warned: “If we can’t fight crime, it will be the end of us all in this province.”
He added: “We must ensure that we use the technology that is available and ensure that we push back crime in our province.”
Premier Lesufi implored technology companies to join the Gauteng government in the fight against crime.
“We need ideas. We need innovation to fight crime together and I am ready to put my last pound into the best innovation, the most creative technology in the country so that we can fight crime together,” Premier Lesufi said.
“We want your institutions, companies, whatever you have that will assist us fight crime, lawlessness, and corruption in our province.
“I am raising my hand. I am ready to do business with you, not tomorrow but now, so that we can change the status quo in our province.”
Premier Lesufi said a better, and safer, Gauteng was ahead.