ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON SAFETY AND SECURITY
death of Inge Williams, a 17-year-old girl from Cape Town, highlights a
disturbing trend for a certain number of SAPS officers to use excessive force in
the execution of their duties. It is unacceptable that a young woman has been
killed in the prime of her life. The UDM extends it heartfelt condolences to the
family and friends of Ms Williams.
The constitutional right to safety is under constant threat. That there are
cases where members of the SAPS become involved in murder makes a mockery of the
Constitution. The Independent Complaints Directorate must prove its commitment
as watchdog over the SAPS through speedy and effective investigation and
prosecution of the guilty persons.
It must also be remembered that SAPS members in general are committed and
dedicated and work under extreme pressure due to a dysfunctional criminal
justice system and lack of political will. It is the duty of the ANC government
to redress this unacceptable state of affairs to empower the SAPS and SA
citizens to more effectively fight crime. The "revolving-door"
criminal justice system is a recipe for frustration and a violent backlash
against criminals and suspected criminals. Soon the rule of law may exit SA
through that revolving-door.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Safety and Security
082 - 557 4184
03 September 2001