Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Some of South Africa's most popular singers have produced an album to help tackle the country's high rates of violent crime
The album, called Take Charge, encourages people to report criminals in their neighbourhoods to the police. "Politicians don't like to admit it but art has a broader and deeper reach than political rhetoric," said Gauteng's provincial minister Firoz Cachalia. Nearly 20,000 people died as a result of violent crime last year. The album is dedicated to Lucky Dube, the South African reggae singer gunned down in a carjacking in 2007.