ISSUED BY GRANT TWIGG
UDM WESTERN CAPE - PROVINCIAL SECRETARY
renewed gang violence in Cape Town requires an urgent, integrated approach
involving all three levels of government. The loss of more than 100 lives this
year alone in gang related incidents underline the seriousness of this problem.
The current situation can be compared to a state of emergency.
The ad hoc deployment of SANDF and SAPS members to certain hot spots occurs on
an ad hoc basis and contributes little to stop the problem in its track. The
Unicity plans the introduction of a Unicity police force and the provincial
government calls for community involvement. The establishment and training of
such a force will take precious time that we do not have. Calling for the
involvement of the very community who is under siege is naive and indicates the
complete lack of understanding for the extent of the problem and the effect it
has on the community.
The UDM asked its President, Bantu Holomisa MP, to contact President Mbeki as a
matter or urgency. Immediate action is required at the highest level
possible. The UDM, Western Cape, proposes as follows:
· That President Mbeki immediately sets up an integrated co-ordinating
committee to suggest and implement action plans. National, provincial and local
government role players, political parties, civil society (schools, churches,
business, NGOs etc) should all form part of it.
· The best possible intelligence people from the SAPS be made available to
fully investigate and formulate an understanding of the problem. They should
make use of international experts where necessary. This was done when bombs
exploded in Cape Town.
· That the matter be addressed in a holistic manner and a two-fold approach be
considered. Firstly, immediate action by the SAPS and the courts, and secondly a
medium term programme to implement socio-economic upliftment programmes in
certain areas of Cape Town to eradicate the culture of gangsterism, introduce
alternatives and prevent "breeding grounds" for it. This should
- Programmes in schools and amongst the youth at risk
- Entrepreneurial programmes to train young people and create
- Infrastructural development to stimulate economic growth,
and create recreational facilities
The UDM is convinced that such a plan is the only solution for a very complex
problem. Urgent attention at the highest level is a MUST.
UDM Provincial Secretary
16 May 2001