2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


POLICE BRUTALITY

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The recent footage showing barbaric policy brutality when they apprehended suspects has shocked all normal and decent South Africans. It is an echo of a bye-gone age when black lives and their rights were trampled on with impunity.

The barbarity of the conduct of those police is a serious indictment of the South African Society. It is such an aberrant conduct, that no matter what the race or colour of the perpetrators, it must be condemned unequivocally. The perpetrators, whoever they are, whatever nationality they belong to, must be sought, caught, nailed and jailed and throw away the key.

The government bears most of the responsibility for the recurrence of such ghastly racist incidents because they have reneged on the CODESA agreements on the need and urgency of transforming the security services. Recent killing incidents at Tempe and other military establishments are clear evidence of the government’s tardiness in transforming the services.

The number of incidents in this Country, where racists get away with illegal racist practices, is increasing by the day. There are no visible signs that corresponding action is being taken to punish offenders. This Country will slip back into the racist abyss unless urgent steps are taken to uphold the law by mercilessly punishing transgressors of the Constitution.

Enquiries:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

Pretoria
08 November 2000