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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


FIVAZ TO DISCIPLINE WESTERN CAPE COPS FOR ANC ARRESTS

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY
 MALIZOLE DIKO, UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

Though the UDM supports discipline in the South African Police Service (SAPS) we cannot condone the abuse of disciplinary measures by Commissioner Fivaz to protect members of the ANC.

The UDM is disgusted with the manner in which Commissioner George Fivazís office has handled the issue of the arrest of the ANC members in the Western Cape, by accusing the investigating officers publicly whilst the investigations are at a sensitive stage.

This is not the first time that people have been arrested in connection with this case. People, including myself, have lodged civil claims against the State for unlawful arrests, what is mind boggling though is the fact that there have never been internal investigations, nobody has been brought to a disciplinary committee of the SAPS. There were people who were brutally assaulted by police including UDM Western Cape Organiser in Worcester this year. We do not know of any internal investigation by the police in this case. These people have also instigated civil proceedings against the State.

Is this action by Commissioner Fivaz some kind of cover-up? Is this an attempt to intimidate the police and create the ANC untouchables in the Western Cape? Are we going back to the days of the National Party regime where we had untouchables?

The UDM will not rest until the cases have been resolved. We will do all in our power to ensure that no cover-ups are made. This will include meeting with Safety and Security Minister, Steve Tshwete, Bulelani Ngcuka, the ICD and raising the matter in Parliament. All that we want is for the culprits to be brought to book, whoever they are. These are victimís lives that Fivaz seems to care little about.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Spokesperson

02 November 1999

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