UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

INCREASE OF 43% IN BANK ROBBERIES

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

The battle of words between the Banking Council and the South African Police Services regarding the reported 43% increase in bank robberies does not contribute much to the confidence in the sector's ability to deal with the problem at hand.

An unnamed police official was reported as stating that banks that are gun free zones contribute to this problem. This is both a dangerous statement and does not contribute positively to the SAPS' Gun Control Act which supports gun-free zones as one of its policy principals. This comment, as with comments of the Police Commissioner Selebi on Domestic Violence, once again illustrates an unwillingness by some senior SAPS members to implement and police Acts for which they are primarily responsible.

Unsubstantiated allegations against either gun free zones or the disbandment of specialised police units will in no way contribute towards finding solutions for the high robbery figures reported at banks.

The Banking Council reports to the Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security, and the UDM will request the Chairperson of that committee to arrange a meeting with the Banking Council and the SAPS to find out what is behind the increase in robberies in the banking sector. The Banking Council and the SAPS should co-operate to find solutions and the UDM would like to hear what co-ordinated strategy the Banking Council and the SAPS will embark upon to address this unacceptable high occurrence of robbery.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security

Cape Town
01 October 2001