ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
approval by Cabinet of the Interception and Monitoring Bill poses a serious
threat to the Constitutionally protected right to privacy. Without the
protection of the right to privacy, the right to freedom of expression and the
right to democratic dissent will come under direct threat. The UDM anxiously
awaits the tabling of the Bill in Parliament, where we will endeavour to ensure
that Constitutional rights are not infringed upon by the state.
The need to fight crime, especially organised crime, and to protect national
security must be balanced against our hard-won Constitutional rights. Currently
serious questions remain about invasion of privacy (in the inter-personal as
well as business context), the cost of implementation, and the proper regulation
of such powers through the judicial system.
In light of recent scandals that indicate a blurring of the line between party
and state by the ANC, the above concerns cannot be dismissed lightly. We must,
especially with Apartheid still fresh in our memories, guard against the
surreptitious re-emergence of a police state in South Africa.
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
082 - 557 4184
14 June 2001