2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


ASSASSINATION OF CAPE TOWN MAGISTRATE

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

The UDM extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of magistrate Theron.

The usual noises from Government expressing shock and accusing the usual suspects do little to inspire confidence. The UDM has repeatedly pointed out the Government's neglect of the gangsterism and urban terror problem in the Western Cape. How long will it take, how many lives must be lost before Government is willing to admit that it has a full-scale war on its hands and starts to act concertedly?

Every singly act of urban terror is greeted by the Minister of Safety and Security by promises of perpetrators on the verge of arrest, which never materialises, and accusations against PAGAD. As yet not a single arrest has been made public since the St. Elmo's bombing. It is extremely disconcerting that PAGAD is publicly accused every single time but no arrests follow. For the Minister to utter such claims he must surely be in possession of intelligence to back it up. Why then do his confident claims and promises not lead to arrests and successful prosecutions? The only logical deduction that can be made is that the Minister, in the face of public outcry and with no substantial strategy to act against the perpetrators, is white-washing Government's (national and provincial) inability to deal with these acts of urban terror.

How much personnel, funding, and resources have been committed to addressing this problem, since the St. Elmo's bombing when Minister Tshwete promised that no stone would be left unturned?

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

Cape Town
8 September 2000