UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

COMMISSIONER SELEBI'S STATEMENTS

 MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to enquire how Commissioner Selebi achieved such status that he can decide which of our country's laws to enforce and which not; and what criteria does he use when he makes such far-reaching decisions?

According to reports Commissioner Selebi said that Health Minister Manto  Tshabalala-Msimang had asked him to organise an anti-smoking blitz. "She said: 'Commissioner I would like you to... organise this blitz'. I said: 'Forget it, never'."  Selebi also said that enforcing the laws governing the use of cellular phones in cars are not policeable offences and of domestic violence was quoted saying that "... this kind of violence happens behind closed doors. I don't have police who patrol bedrooms."

Yet, if you look at what is recorded on the South African Police Service's website (http://www.saps.org.za/domestic/index.htm) it states that "In this regard the Service has committed itself to prevent and combat crimes against children and women ... The National Commissioner committed the Service in the fight against domestic violence."

Why would Commissioner Selebi contradict himself and embarrass the South African Police Service by creating an image of a police service that does not care?

The UDM would like to remind Commissioner Selebi that he is a civil servant and our Constitution states, " the objectives of the police service is to prevent, combat and investigate crime. and to uphold and enforce the law." It does not give precedence to certain laws above others, or give such power to the national commissioner of police.

Enquiries:
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
083-759-6637

Pretoria
17 August 2001.