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