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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

DOG UNIT POLICEMEN SENTENCED

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

The UDM welcomes the sentence passed today on the members of the Northeast Rand police dog unit. We would have liked to seen harsher punishment meted out, but we are satisfied that that justice was seen to be done and that the police and courts have demonstrated their willingness to deal with criminals of this nature.

The actions of these men do not belong in a democratic country where human rights are one of the guiding principles of our society.

At a time when the SAPS is trying to establish itself as a credible institution that wants to serve all the people of South Africa, actions like the ones committed by these men nullify every previous effort aimed at achieving this.

The public needs to be able to trust the SAPS. Members of the SAPS are the first line of defence against acts of crime and the criminals who commit them. For this to be possible we need a professional disciplined and responsible police force that act within the constraints of the law. Clearly the fact that these types of actions still take place within the South African Police Service seven years after the first democratic elections indicates that the SAPS have not fully transformed.

SAPS management must take note of this and accept responsibility in addressing the current shortcomings through proper training and efficient management to ensure that this kind of behaviour does not repeat itself.

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

Cape Town
29 November 2001

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