Williams: Poverty no excuse for crime

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Equity, Donovan Williams, has responded to suggestions that poverty and unemployment contribute to crime by asserting that he does not think that excuses should be found for unacceptable behaviour.

“We just have to say that they are unacceptable,” Williams told reporters Tuesday.

He spoke in the aftermath of Friday’s armed robbery of the Manager of the Dominica Under 16 National Netball team as she left the KFC outlet in Castries with some members of the Dominica contingent.

Donovan however explained that part of his ministry’s mandate is to productively engage citizens, especially young people.

“Through our portfolio I think we have a lot of opportunities to do that,” he said, adding that hopefully with the new fiscal year coming on stream, there will be a greater level of productive engagement in a number of different areas.

Williams mentioned sports and the creative arts as areas in which young people can be mobilised.

But he asserted that ultimately the issue of what is acceptable behaviour and what is not has to be inculcated in Saint Lucians.

“It really does require each of us as individuals – we all have a sense of what’s right and what’s wrong and we should never use unemployment, poverty, those ills as excuses for those behaviours becoming acceptable – it just is not and all of us must ensure that we make that statement loud and clear,” the P.S stated.

Williams told reporters that one incident is one too many.

“Word gets around,” he observed.

He expressed the view that Saint Lucia must be in a position to deal with crime as it happens and present a face that represents this country.

“This is not the norm of what we want Saint Lucia to be. Saint Lucia is by and large, a peaceful place. Our citizenry are by and large, law abiding people and it is a minority that is giving us this name. We have to stamp it out. We have to be the louder voice in all of what is happening,” Williams said.





  1. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Very True Mister PS!

    1. Anonymous
      April 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Ignorance is a crime too, that being said you and that minister should both be locked up and the keys thrown away. You both need to come down off your ivory towers and get a clue.

  2. 666
    April 19, 2017 at 11:52 am

    However, poverty is a disease!

  3. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    What is causing the poverty?

  4. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Look at him smirk like he said something smart.

    1. Anonymous
      April 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Of course he did is allu causing crimes with such ignorance

  5. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Selfishness and greed. Is also a contributing factor

    1. Anonymous
      April 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm


  6. Society
    April 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Where are the new police recruits …or army..are they behind their desk…or I’ll say are the turning their backs of what’s going on..

  7. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Why aren’t they ever talking about the cost of living…Rum is much cheaper than healthy foods

  8. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    To be poor is a crime 95 percrnt of st lucians work for 6;50 an hour or less especially in the security companies

  9. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    There are many scholarly studies that prove poverty contributes to crime, which contribut s to economic down turn which can contribute to instability in a country. Someone said where are the recruits. There are no recruits. Crime is a result of our social issues. Parents train and discipline your children. Young people are drinking, making sex videos, taking drugs and not getting a proper education. women are having sex to buy weave and feed their children and making more children. Poverty is not an excuse, it is a reality. You cannot pay your bills and feed your children, you cannot get a good paying job so you commit crime because it is easier and faster. Cost of living is high, medical costs are high, most people live from salary to salary and even the middle class are suffering much less persons who are not a Permanent Secretary. Let us be real. Poverty contributed to crime decrease poverty and unemployment. The country needs to invest in its youth and generate revenue and stop begging other countries. It is time to act like a independent country and bring something to the table besides our empty hands.

  10. Themac
    April 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

    When you get up with nothing to eat and you fed up, what will you do.

    When am hungry am angry and I can feed myself farless for those who cant

    There is a link between poverty and crime

  11. Anonymous
    April 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

    These are the ppl who lead us? If you did your research, you could easily see the corealtion between poverty and crime. Man this is super annoying and depressing, these guys are clueless.

  12. Peter Victorin
    April 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

    OK the guy caught in the shop robbery is employed as a chef in a hotel so what do you say what made him do that?

    1. Anonymous
      April 22, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Just because you have a job doesn’t mean that you’re not living at or below poverty level. That’s the existence of most working people. What do you think living from pay check to pay check is? Is it living the high life.
      Poverty is a crime and so is ignorance.

  13. KD
    April 22, 2017 at 10:29 am


    Wanna beat crime? Build a stronger economy and make better – inclusive policies. The ‘nature or nurture’ debate has no place in moments of dire need or desperation! Combating crime cannot be limited only to correctness, moral and psychological themes – or solely on the individual!

    Greater emphasis must be placed on removing obstacles; unfortunate opportunities, and finding new ways to push our production possibilities. Higher unemployment rates has no direct correlation to crime but, poverty does! Some people can be unemployed and still buy anything he or she wants. However living below the poverty line implies restrict access and represents a higher probability for crime.

Two killed in Castries car crashRead
+ +