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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

MADUNA SHOULD LEAVE JOURNALISTS ALONE AND DO HIS JOB

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

The Minister of Justice should immediately retract his statements yesterday that journalists who interview criminals, but do not give their information to the police, are "sickening".

The simple fact remains a criminal that could be tracked down by a journalist through investigation, should as easy to track down for the police. What the media do is not, as the Minister describes it, "bragging", but rather to highlight the problems of society. Their job is not to fight crime; that is the job of the Minister and his colleagues.

The discussions yesterday at the conference on restorative justice also raises the dangerous prospect of government thinking that its responsibilities end when it has brought criminals, victims and communities together to "restore justice". The primary objective of the criminal justice system must remain the prevention of, and fight against, crime.

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

Cape Town
27 November 2001

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