STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
United Democratic Movement is shocked over the violent deaths, injury and
destruction that an Orange Farm family, Vaal Triangle, had to suffer at the
hands of what seemed to be vigilantes who called themselves the
"dogs". Amongst the victims of this aggression were two babies and an
elderly lady who died when these killers opened gunfire and set their home
According to the Police, preliminary investigations indicated that the house
owner had a quarrel with an anti-crime street committee about alleged burglaries
committed by his children.
The UDM has warned that gangsterism and organised crime must be rooted out
swiftly and mercilessly, or else frustrated people will resort to vigilantism.
The ANC government is neglecting its constitutional duty; every South African
citizen has the right to freedom, security of person and to be free of all forms
The UDM calls on each and every South African to refrain from any retribution in
the form of vigilantism or taking the law into his or her own hands.
The UDM calls on the South African Police Services to act swiftly and bring
these killers to justice. The UDM calls on the national minister of safety and
security to eradicate the criminal conditions, which leave South Africans to
feel that justice will only be served if they take the law into their own hands.
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
17 October 2001