ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM SECRETARY GENERAL
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.
UDM Secretary General
26 November 2001