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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

RESPONSE TO MBEKIíS ALLEGATIONS OF POLICE KILLINGS

STATEMENT BY ANNELIZ… VAN WYK as ACTING NATIONAL SECRETARY

Faced with the astronomical crime statistics of 1998, the ANC government has employed its old tactic of dodging the issue by shifting the debate.  Among the 24 000 South Africans murdered last year, 224 of them were police officers.  Now the Deputy President has blamed the crime rate on the police themselves, whom he alleges are busy killing each other.  Even if there were any truth to Mr. Mbekiís story, it could only account for a very small percentage of police casualties and have very little to do with the unacceptable national total of murders.  This sensational allegation has served only to momentarily divert the public attention from the real problem and further damage the already bruised morale of the SAPS.

In reality, South Africaís high murder rate is the result of having too few constables on the beat.  The police are so outnumbered by the criminals that they are overwhelmed, yet the ANC government insists on maintaining a small, under funded, ineffectual force.

When in government, the UDM will ensure visible policing by increasing the number of constables from 18 000 to 60 000.  This will be done over a period of 3 years.  The additional cost, including training and equipment, will be 2.4 billion per year.  Special emphasis will be put on the training and professionalism of these constables.

Enquiries
Ms Annelizť van Wyk
Acting National Secretary

19 May 1999

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