UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FAMILY GUNNED DOWN

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The 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 alight.

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 of violence.

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.

Enquiries:
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
083-759-6637

Pretoria
17 October 2001