UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

DOCTORS REFUSING ASSISTANCE TO GANGSTERS

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

The announcement by doctors at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town that they will refuse to treat known gangsters should come as a wake-up call to Government. The safety of doctors, medical staff and patients is increasingly taking a back seat to brazen gangsters willing to take their vendettas and turf wars into hospitals. The UDM concurs with the doctors' call for known gangsters and other dangerous criminals to be treated at another institution; preferably one linked to a secure facility, such as 2 Military Hospital or Pollsmoor Prison.

This issue highlights the multi-faceted impact of gangsterism on society. The UDM once more calls on the Minister of Safety and Security, in cooperation with other departments, to develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with gangsterism. The Minister made promises of solutions when he was in Manenberg: Two weeks ago. Gangsterism is a pervasive and complex problem. The solution will be found only through a multi-departmental approach involving all three tiers of government. Failure to do so will mean the systematic holding to ransom by gangsters of one after the other sector of society, as Cape doctors are now experiencing.

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

Cape Town
21 June 2001