UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PROPOSED CELLULAR PHONE TAPPING LAW

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

The 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.

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

Cape Town
14 June 2001