STATEMENT BY MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI
- RELEASE OF 'NON DANGEROUS' PRISONERS
April 28, 2005
Statement by Prince
President of the Inkatha Freedom Party
RELEASE OF 'NON DANGEROUS' PRISONERS
I felt a sense of apprehension on hearing
Minister Balfour's statement that "non dangerous"
criminals must be released in order to alleviate the problem of
South Africa's crowded prisons. I am concerned about what legal
criteria will be used to determine what criminals are dangerous
Whilst sensitive to the notion of
restorative justice, especially for the youth, I cannot see how
this can be done in isolation without a fundamental review of
the entire criminal justice system, which is collapsing under a
wave of criminality and a growing culture of impunity.
Noting that the Minister made the
statement on Freedom Day, one cannot help but observe that there
is a major bias against political prisoners from outside the
ruling-party and its associates, particularly IFP political
prisoners. If political prisoners are to be released, I hope
that the merits of releasing IFP political prisoners will be
judged fairly and non-discriminatory.
Until this government is tough on crime
and tough on the causes of crime, particularly the deepening
levels of poverty, inequality and social discord in our society,
such a public policy intervention would be rash and premature.