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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

MAMELODI MURDER AND RAPE

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The 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 atrocious scene.

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 after 
the incident will be found safe.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary


Pretoria
25 October 2001

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