TOWN CRIME CAPITAL
ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
UDM expresses its concern at the results of a recent survey done by the Centre
for Statistical Studies (CSS), which has found that crime in Cape Town is
accelerating at an alarming rate. Robbery has increased by 92%, murders by 33%,
assault by 23% and burglaries by 21%.
This alarming state of affairs is further complicated by the debated around the
moratorium on the release of crime statistics. According the President Thabo
Mbeki the moratorium, which was imposed more than a year ago, could be lifted by
the end of next month. This anticipated release of official statistics may show
that Cape Town has well become the crime capital of the country.
Members of the community policing forums and neighbourhood watches from
Heideveld, Bonteheuwel, Netreg and Manenberg joined a march organised by the
Heideveld branch of Rape Crisis. The march was in memory of Lydia Michaels, who
was murdered earlier this year for testifying against two men accused for raping
her. Rape Crisis co-ordinator, Benita Moolman, that they were honouring Lydia's
bravery, and to encourage communities to break the silence.
The UDM calls on the government to "break the silence" by urgently
lifting the moratorium on crime statistics, thereby enabling policemen and
woman, as well as ordinary citizens of South Africa, to equip themselves in
fight against crime.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
082 - 557 4184
21 May 2001