UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

POLICE MEMBERS' RAPE OF YOUNG GIRLS

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

The alleged rape of a group of 5 high school girls, the youngest twelve years of age, is not only shocking, but rapes the fragile trust between the community and the SAPS.

This shocking incident is reminiscent of the Dog Unit affair and needs to receive the same attention from the media and the Department.

The UDM finds it hard to believe that a group of 17 policemen could be involved in these barbaric deeds and that this remained unknown to colleagues of the 17 policemen.

We call on the Minister of Safety and Security to institute, as a matter of urgency, an internal investigation to establish whether negligence of duty took place, how long this kind of conduct was going on, and whether there was an attempt by SAPS members to sweep this issue under the carpet. Such an investigation should preferably be done by SAPS members who are not stationed in Pretoria.

Crimes committed against women and children are despicable, when these crimes are committed by the very people that should provide protection, it  is simply scandalous and deserves the strongest possible punishment.

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

Cape Town
18 May 2001