ISSUED BY ANNELIZé VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
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
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
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.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
05 June 2000