ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON SAFETY AND SECURITY
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.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Safety and Security
27 November 2001