UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

CAPE TOWN CRIME CAPITAL

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

The 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 their
fight against crime.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
082 - 557 4184

Cape Town
21 May 2001