STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
United Democratic Movement (UDM) is horrified by the blow-by-blow account in
today's papers, of the vicious assault, rape and murder, which a South African
family had to suffer in Mandela Village, near Mamelodi, Gauteng.
A gang of six men allegedly raped a woman and her teenage daughter, killed her
husband and then drove off in the family's car with the woman, her daughter and
her four-year-old son and the dead husband's body in the boot. The man's brother
who had been helplessly tied-up by the murderers, had to witness this whole
This appalling and senseless attack on the fathers, mothers and children of our
country is unjustifiable and simply unforgivable. This wasn't merely a another
hijacking or an everyday murder attempt, it is an dreadful assault on the right
of each and every South African to be safe and secure, to be free of all forms
of violence and not to be tortured and/or treated in a cruel and inhuman way. Is
this not just another form terrorism?
The UDM trusts that the South African Police Services' special task team of
investigators, who are handling this case, will find these assassins
swiftly. The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be brought to book and
justice must be served. The UDM would warn Government that it is incidents
like this that prompt South Africans to take the law into their own hands
when swift justice is not served.
The UDM would like to express our sincere sympathy and condolences with the
family and friends of these unfortunate victims of senseless violence. The UDM
would also call on the local community not to take the law into their own hands
and that the Police will bring these monsters to swift justice. This is the kind
of terror that South Africans have to face on a daily basis; the President and
ministers responsible for the fight against crime must prioritise, it is time
that this government demonstrates the backbone and political will to deal with
crime, such as these, swiftly and decisively.
The UDM sincerely hopes that those who were reported still alive right
the incident will be found safe.
UDM National Secretary
25 October 2001