UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PAGAD PLANS TO MURDER JUDGES

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

The shocking revelations made by a former Pagad member about plans to murder members of the judiciary highlights the need for greater resources to be committed towards the fight against urban terror and organised crime.

It is disturbing that training in the making of explosive devices, and other organised criminal activity happens in prisons, or is coordinated from there. It demonstrates serious weaknesses within the current correctional services system.

It is also clear from the former Pagad member's revelations that Pagad has access to money and resources to continue with full-scale urban terror in spite of numerous court cases. Therefore, the last thing we can afford to do at this stage is to become lax or claim victory when the battle is far from over. Dangerous criminals need to be separated from others; is it not time to transfer urban terror convicts to C-MAX in Pretoria?

The UDM calls on government to re-evaluate the current allocation of resources to this cause.

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

Cape Town
15 June 2001