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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

BOESAK’S STOLEN PHONE RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR S MZIMELA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

The circumstances surrounding the stolen cellular phone used by Dr Allan Boesak, and the calls made on it to prominent ANC members raises serious questions.

It is of great concern to the UDM that prominent members of the ruling party appear nonchalant about these calls. In effect they are condoning further illegal behaviour by a convicted criminal. It is disturbing that members of the ANC continue to bring the decision of the South African courts regarding Dr Boesak into disrepute, and through their actions undermine the sentence prescribed by the courts. The message this fiasco sends to criminals, and consequently also to victims, is that the ruling party is not serious about enforcing the law.

The ANC reacts with indignation whenever their commitment to the fight against crime is questioned; yet their behaviour continues to be highly questionable.

The UDM calls on the Department of Correctional Services to act stringently against Dr Boesak, regarding his latest transgression, to ensure that not of whiff of favouritism can be detected. Dr Boesak, like any other convicted criminal, needs to serve his sentence and receive the punishment the courts of South Africa set for him.

Enquiries:

Dr Sipo Mzimela, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Correctional Services

Cape Town
19 February 2001

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