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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

VICTIMS OF SA's MORAL DECLINE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM SECRETARY GENERAL

South African society seems to be in total turmoil - no longer are we only confronted with "conventional" crime stories - we are confounded when we hear about the six men who raped and ruined the life of an infant girl. A 46-year-old traditional healer who "married" a two-year-old girl in terms of customary law, because the spirit of his dead brother has command him to marry a virgin, awes us. Four men gang raped an HIV+ positive woman, who had been asleep with her two young sons when the men burst into her shack and attacked her - she offered them condoms, which they allegedly refused and continued to rape her.

It is unacceptable that women and children are exposed to such ridiculously high levels of abuse, crime and inequality - this is an indictment against a society striving for a human rights culture. Human rights are so closely associated with peace and development that the implementation of such rights can be directly linked with the improvement of the living conditions of all human beings

The UDM believes that we need to go back to basics - back to basic respect for another human being and basic respect for the laws of our country. As a country we must all unite to eradicate this gross violation of human rights which crime has plunged us in.

The UDM calls on church leaders, social- and welfare support organisations, NGOs, civil society organisations, in fact each and every South African citizen, to get back to basics, let us work together to protect each other, in specific women, children and the elderly, from violence and crime.

The UDM calls on Government to do its constitutional duty - stop making petty excuses and/or ambiguous proclamations - protect the rights of each and every South African.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM Secretary General

Pretoria
19 November 2001

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