Minister Leonard Ramatlakane condemns recent killings in Western Cape

Minister Leonard Ramatlakane condemns recent killings in Western Cape

6 December 2001

Newly inaugurated Provincial Minister for Safety and Security Leonard Ramatlakane has expressed his sincere condolences to the family of the late Marike de Klerk in the time of their tragic loss. The Minister further expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the three SAPS members killed in the line of duty in the Western Cape in the last week.

The Minister said: "All South Africans condemn the murder of former first lady Marike de Klerk and of Inspectors Colin Barendse, Claude Miller and Sergeant Linda Nobdade. In the case of the murder of Marike de Klerk a suspect has been apprehended for questioning. We commend the SAPS for their speedy action and call for the full force of justice to prevail. No democratic and free society can tolerate the murder of police members or any person in this way. We must unite to defeat crime, especially violent crime.

"We must recognise that crime is a common enemy amongst all citizens of the Western Cape. Beating crime requires that we act in unison, both as communities and law enforcers to ensure that perpetrators are bought to book.

"We commend the member of the public in Mossel Bay who blew the whistle on would be security van robbers this morning. This courageous person prevented the theft of a large amount of cash by about ten armed suspects. We need constructive partnerships like this between the SAPS and communities to beat crime. Community members must say no to crime and blow the whistle on crime to help the SAPS in their often-dangerous work.

Ramatlakane said: "We cannot put an end to the scourge of crime without respect for the role and lives of SAPS women and men. The hard working, committed and skilled police service members who defend our rights daily must be acknowledged and supported by everyone in our communities.

"For those people that we have lost violent crime, let us build a memorial to them as ordinary members of society by becoming involved in defending our families, businesses and institutions with the SAPS. No one, especially women and children should be unsafe within our communities. The SAPS must be safe to carry out their crucial role in a democratic and equal society."

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

Minister Leonard Ramatlakane can be reached on 072 176 5687 or 483 3880.