UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

N2 VIOLENCE – DA CHALLENGED TO DEFY TSHWETE

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

The ongoing incidences of violence on the N2 are indeed a matter of grave concern.  The UDM expresses its sympathies with the family members and friends of the latest victim.

The political point scoring that the DA specifically are trying to make through these tragic events are however despicable.  There is no argument that the Minister of Safety and Security’s decision not to make public crime figures is negligent and endangering the lives of South Africans.  The UDM has indicated previously that we believe that the information would enable South Africans to be alert when in areas of high crime incidents and to avoid certain situations. 

The UDM challenges the Provincial Minister for Community Safety, Mr Hennie Bester, to acknowledge that he has no power whatsoever in dealing with issues regarding Safety and Security, that he is little more than a highly paid Public Relations Officer and as such he should vacate his office so that the funds spent on this provincial department can be better utilised.

If the provincial Minister disagrees the UDM challenges him to defy the National Minister of Safety and Security and make public the crime figures for the Western Cape.  In that way he can clearly demonstrate the seriousness of the DA regarding the moratorium on crime statistics and it would become unnecessary for his party to use cheap publicity stunts through their spokespersons at the costs of the lives of innocent victims.

The Western Cape is a DA controlled Province.  When the violence on the N2 started the DA, through the provincial Minister for Community Safety, saw this as a huge political public relations opportunity.  They visited the N2 and the Minister announced a comprehensive plan to deal with the violence.  The moment it fails the DA falls back on the argument that it is the responsibility of the National government.

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

Cape Town
25 April 2001