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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

SOCIAL CRIME PREVENTION: WE MUST ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSE OF CRIME

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM SECRETARY GENERAL

A South African who switched on the radio or opened a newspaper today, would have come across at least one story of rape and/or abuse of a fellow human being; especially those who are very vulnerable like our children, the elderly and women. It has permeated our daily conversations and shadows our inner thoughts and these tragic circumstances have seemingly bound the nation together.

In Cape Town, thousands of men took to the streets to protest against the continuing violence perpetrated against women and children and in Gauteng, the provincial government launched a sixteen-day campaign aimed at raising awareness on women- and child abuse.

The UDM strongly feels that violent crime (i.e. murder, rape, assault and domestic violence) must be one of the areas that must receive priority attention - each South African has the basic constitutional right to safety of person and property and this freedom must be ensured and not violated by criminals.

The long term solution is Social Crime Prevention programmes, which must be launched to address the root causes of crime, this includes the implementation of policies that will lead to job creation that will provide South Africans a dignified way of making a living.

The UDM advocates zero tolerance for violent crime. The zero tolerance mission must be to punish, deter and rehabilitate criminals while supporting and restoring dignity and justice to victims. Only those who commit crimes against their fellow South Africans should fear the wrath of the state and should be forced to compensate their victims.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM Secretary General

Pretoria
26 November 2001

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