ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
UDM extends its sympathy to those who were injured in the bomb blast last night
outside a Sea Point restaurant.
Three weeks ago a bomb was found outside the same restaurant and deactivated.
Allow us to repeat what we said then: "The Minister of Safety and Security
was in no position to claim during his budget speech that urban terrorism is
under control due to the success of Operation Good Hope. We believe the Minister
should reserve comments of this nature until the perpetrators are brought to
Important questions must be answered by the Minister:
Months have passed since the St Elmo's bomb blast where the Minister publicly
and very vocally promised that suspects would be apprehended in record time.
What, if any, progress has been made in these investigations?
Why were the Cape Peninsula and the scourge of urban terror, only recently as an
apparent afterthought, included in the nationwide Operation Crackdown?
Why is the same restaurant targeted twice in 3 weeks, does this not point
to a certain motive?
The issue of protection rackets have been raised every time when prominent
restaurants have been targeted with bombs. Yet the Minister has neither publicly
nor, apparently, through investigation, responded to this possible realistic
motive for urban terror.
It seems that Government is content to have us fear some sinister bogeyman with
extremist political and religious motivations, rather than face up to the
reality that urban terror is more often than not, an instrument used by gangs
and organised crime. The motivation is primarily money and power; organised
criminals all over the world throughout history have used protection rackets to
achieve this end. Let us not resort to convenient scapegoats who, like the
bogeyman, can be driven out occasionally but never caught. What we need is real
and concerted police work, combined with community involvement and awareness.
The community have shown their willingness to assist, Mr Tshwete, it is time for
you to keep up your end of the bargain.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
11 June 2000