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