SHOULD ASK PEOPLE OF CAPE FLATS ABOUT HIS PROCLAIMED SUCCESS
ISSUED BY ANNELIZé VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
self proclaimed success by the director of Public Prosecutions on the fight
against terror in the Western Cape should be put to the test by asking the
people living in Manenberg and surrounding areas how successful they believe the
Scorpions were. Ngcuka's victory claim ironically follows a bloody
weekend, yet again, on the Cape Flats. In a period of four hours on
Saturday, four young people died in gang-related violence. Less than 24
hours later another person was shot. These incidents occurred despite a
high police and army visibility in the area.
There have been a 130 gang related deaths since January 3, 2001. How then
is it possible that the Director for Public Prosecution can claim victory? Yet
again the feeling that one gets is that because these incidents do not occur
where they receive the same media attention as when it happened in the city, it
does not receive the same priority and attention as it should.
Putting an end to urban terror in Newlands, Sea Point and Cape Town is only one
part of the battle. It is only once the people of Manenberg and the Cape
Flats can go to sleep peacefully that victory can be proclaimed. The UDM
will not let the National Government, Provincial Government or the authorities
forget that the lives of those people are not less important than those in more
affluent areas and that the war will not be won until they are free from gangs
and the terror of gang activities.
29 May 2001