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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

CONCERNING “TOP HEAVY” SAPS

STATEMENT BY BANTU HOLOMISA as UDM PRESIDENT

In light of the distressing facts that were revealed yesterday by Dr. Ian de Vries, the UDM is calling for the re-examination and the re-organisation of the SAPS, and specifically, for the resignation of Minister Mufamadi.  The current situation in which the Minister of Safety and Security and the Commissioner are too engaged in a clash of the egos to operate effectively is unacceptable.  Politicians have now strayed into a realm that requires experience and expertise, and they seek to impose their agenda on an institution, which is too important to be the subject of social experiments.

There is no disputing the devastating effects that the government’s mismanagement has had on our country.  Crime has effected virtually every aspect of South African society and barred progress in all of these inter-related areas.  The government must reconsider its priorities; get competent, well-trained cops on the beat; and establish an effective chain of command.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary

5 May, 1999

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