UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

SAPS MURDER TEENAGE GIRL

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

The 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.

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

Cape Town
03 September 2001