2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


ILLEGAL "TOLL-GATES"

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZé VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

The revelations of illegal "tollgates" in Mpumalanga are shocking. The reported incidents of rape and murder of those who cannot pay the toll fee must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Thugs are putting up illegal "tollgates" and the discussion point becomes the need for satellite police stations to be opened 24 hours so that rape victims can report cases. We sympathise with this need, but are we not missing the point?

These rapes should in the first place not take place and the tollgates should not be there. Where are the police? What are they doing? It is simply not good enough for the station commissioner, Captain Maseko, to say that they are concerned that some policemen may be tipping off the illegal "tollgate" operators.

If there is that suspicion, Captain Maseko, then get police from another area to come and investigate. This is your responsibility; deal with it in whatever way necessary. Who are in control of Kanyamazane: the SAPS or the thugs?

The people of the area are entitled to their basic right of protection - fulfil your duty.

The National Commissioner should take notice of what is happening - if the police station responsible cannot deal with the situation; deploy people who can. The SAPS is failing in its duty.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security

Cape Town
05 June 2000