UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

SA POLICE SHOCKING SUICIDE RATE

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

The UDM notes with dismay reports that members of SAPS are 7 times more likely to commit suicide than their foreign counterparts.

It is no surprise that members of the SAPS are exposed to a high level of stress, especially as a result of the high levels of violent crime in SA and the continuing scourge of cop-killings. For these reasons it is imperative that the government pays more attention to raising the profile of the police and regains the public trust in the SAPS.

We welcome the research by the SAPS and the University of Potchefstroom. We urge the SAPS and the Minister of Safety and Security to turn the results of this research into an effective human resource strategy as soon as possible. We must ensure that the men and women who stand in the frontlines of our battle against crime are given the necessary support and assistance to do that job. They must receive our praise when the job is well done, and not only our complaints when things go wrong.

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


Cape Town
02 October 2001