ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON SAFETY AND SECURITY
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.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
01 October 2001