ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
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.
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
14 November 2001