UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

NGCUKA SHOULD ASK PEOPLE OF CAPE FLATS ABOUT HIS PROCLAIMED SUCCESS

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

The 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.

Cape Town
29 May 2001