"When fathers are murdered in front of their
children it is a clear indication that something is very wrong in
society. In fact, it is like a loud red neon light, flashing that people
are not safe. This reality needs to be dealt with. And it needs to be
dealt with NOW."
"The ANC's recipe and approach for dealing
with safety and security has not been effective. Sure they may quote
statistics and figures in a public relations attempt to make the people
of South Africa believe that they are safe but all victims of violence
and abuse know differently. We are suffering. We are feeling unsafe. To
me, this means that something has to change."
"One of the fundamental differences between
the IFP and the ANC is our attitude concerning the management of power.
While the ANC has a more centrist approach the IFP believes in a more
federal arrangement. Now I know that there are many who will not even
pretend to suppress a groan of horror when I bring this topic up,
believing it to be totally irrelevant to the issue of safety and
security, but believe me - it is key. Having being failed by the
centrist management of crime it is now vital that a true federalist, and
not quasi-federal, option is implemented. After all, we have nothing
left to loose, having been so miserably failed so far. And I think that
we all agree that the people of South Africa need to begin feeling safe,
especially children and women."
"The IFP Youth Brigade therefore calls on
President Thabo Mbeki to immediately put steps in place that will
devolve real power to Provincial Ministries of Safety and Security. The
kind of power that allows Provincial Governments to create local and
effective strategies aimed at decreasing crime in each Province,
especially violent crime and abuse. "
"The IFP Youth Brigade further believes that
the only thing worse than Police Officers being killed in the line of
duty, is when Police Officers kill innocent people. The IFP Youth
Brigade calls on the National Government to revisit all legislation that
pertains to the manner in which Police Officers are expected to carry
out their work. Further more Police Officers also have the right to feel
safe in the line of duty, which means that the relevant legislation will
need to be effected. This, we believe, will ensure that they do their
job better, which in turn will lead to a safer society. "