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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

MBEKI MISSES THE POINT ABOUT HIGH CRIME

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

President Mbeki neglected to address some very important issues with his statements in the National Council of Provinces yesterday that South Africa is not the crime capital of the world, and that there are worse international examples.

Firstly, the President holds up examples of other countries with higher rates of specific crimes, but he neglects to acknowledge that the wide variety and incidence of violent crimes in South Africa places us in the company of societies where justice and the rule of law have completely disintegrated. Simultaneously the President seems to imply that as long as we are not the absolutely worst example in the world as far as crime is concerned then we should not complain.

Secondly, the UDM concurs with President Mbeki that every single South African must contribute to the fight against crime, but that does not absolve Mbeki and his government from their constitutional responsibility to protect the safety of person and property of every South African. To call upon South Africans not to make the high rate of crime the topic of political debate, is to call upon us to abandon our democratic right to hold government accountable.

It is extremely disingenuous for the President to appeal to our collective sense of responsibility in an attempt to dodge his own specific responsibilities.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security

Cape Town
14 November 2001

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