CAPE TOWN, President Jacob Zuma has called on South African communities to play a role in the fight against crime, as the police cannot do it alone.

Responding to the debate on the Presidency’s Budget Vote in the National Assembly here Thursday, he also said radical economic transformation was necessary to change the patterns of ownership of the economy to favour the majority of Africans, especially women.

The police can deal with crime and arrest perpetrators. However, society itself must play a role in fighting this wanton criminality and in preventing these crimes. We cannot make this the responsibility of the police alone. The serious crimes include violence against women, which [Members of Parliament] have strongly condemned,” he said.

Honourable [Minister for Women Susan] Shabangu made a call to action to Members of Parliament to actively fight gender-based violence in their constituencies. Indeed, we all have a role to play in fighting this horrible crime.”

As the world celebrated International Children’s Day Thursday, he said it was on a day like this that the government reflected on what was being done and what else should be done to protect, mould and provide space for children to grow into successful adults and citizens.

Responding to a question by Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who asked if the National Development Plan (NDP), the government’s blueprint vision for 2030, was being implemented, he said: We adopted the NDP in 2012 as the socio-economic development blueprint to provide a roadmap for further work that we need to do as we build a better South Africa.

The NDP is definitely being implemented by all government departments The goals and targets of the NDP have been integrated into government’s Medium Term Strategic Framework for the electoral period 2014 to 2019. Each government department has a programme of action that is derived from the NDP.

We need to improve the manner in which we communicate the implementation of the programme of action and ensure that our communication clearly links the programmes to the NDP more explicitly.”

Meanwhile, ownership of the country’s economy remained in the hands of the few, which he said must change. The government needed to radically transform the economy to support the majority of all South Africans. Most South Africans were excluded from participating in the economy and they were unemployed.

In his State of the Nation Address in February, the President said only 10 per cent of the top 100 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are owned by black South Africans, directly-achieved principally, through the black empowerment codes, according to the National Empowerment Fund.

He said with regards to management, the 17th Employment Equity Report released last month, once again pointed to the painfully slow pace of transformation in the South African labour market with 68.5 per cent of top management positions occupied by whites group, while Africans are at 14.4 per cent, Indians 8.9 per cent, coloureds 4.9 per cent and foreign nationals 3.4 per cent.

“There can be no sustainability in any economy if the majority is excluded, he said.