5th May 2010
Honourable Chairperson, Honourable Minister,
The success or failure of any State
department is measured not only by what it does, or fails to do, but
also by the feelings and concerns of the citizenry. This too,
applies to the newly established Department of State Security.
Accordingly, it is incumbent upon this Department to allay the
people's fears by addressing their concerns albeit within the
stringent confines of the secretive nature of information that deals
with intelligence matters.
Within the limits of the time allocated to
me, I will deal with only two concerning issues. The first pertains
to the protection of SA's porous borders and the other deals with
the FIFA World Cup tournament which will kick-off in South Africa
Turning to the issue of our borders, it must
be pointed out that the concern is not only the infiltration of our
borders by illegal immigrants but also the criminal element that are
often associated with the influx of these illegal immigrants into a
county. By way of example, may I cite the unfortunate and ever
increasing number of murders of farmers and farm workers in our
country? This had led to serious concerns being raised by the youth
wing of Afriforum in a memorandum which contains a list of 1600
people who have been murdered on SA farms in recent years. The
Afriforum youth, under the chairmanship of Ernst Roets, drew
connection between the said list and the pursuant singing of "kill
the boer" song by the President of the ANCYL, Julius Malema. To
those who compiled the memorandum, each name listed was sacred as a
representative of a loved one who was untimely and brutally removed
from the land of their living.
The way in which the memorandum was received
by the Youth League must be condemned with contempt. The list of
victims was scattered on the street and trampled on the ground. It
is under circumstances such as these that the Department of State
Security must come forward and assure the farmers, white or black,
that their lives are important to the State and that they too are
entitled to protection from the State.
We in the IFP congratulate the Honourable
Minister of State Security for his appointment to the Chair of the
newly established South African National Border Management Agency.
We would like to believe that with him at the helm of the new agency,
cross border crime and illegal entry of foreigners into our country
will be minimised. Only the Minister can reassure the SA citizenry
on these concerns.
The Minister accordingly needs to take the
People of South Africa into his confidence by amongst other things,
media briefings and public statements, to show that their concerns are
With respect to the upcoming 2010 FIFA World
Cup - the recurrent and persistent concerns raised by the local and
international community are whether it will take place in a crime
free and safe environment. Media reports which highlight the fact
that some individuals are planning to use this joyous occasion to
unlawfully line their pockets are alarming to say the least. We
however, appreciate the swift action that was taken against these
Another concern is expressed by those who
have invested their hard earned money in projects connected to the
World Cup showpiece. Their concerns relate to whether the recently
quoted figures of 373 000 tourists to our country, down from the
previously estimated 483 000, will still be realised.
This is pursuant to the fact that of three
million tickets produced, only about 300 000 of them have been
purchased by soccer enthusiasts outside SA.
Have the rest been discouraged by prophets of
doom including some British journalists who are dissuading people of
the world to come and experience the FIFA World Cup in SA, which
they described as the crime capital of the world?
We are well aware of the capacity of our
security agencies to ensure security and stability during the time
of major international events in our country. Examples range from
the Rugby World Cup tournament, which took place in SA in 1995, and
culminate in the FIFA Confederations Cup which took place in an
atmosphere of peace in 2008.
In spite of this, for the sake of doubting
Thomases, we need this Department to publicly dispute the claims of
the prophets of doom and encourage the whole world to come and grace
our shores during the World Cup.
Lastly, the IFP endorses the action plans as
laid out by the Department of State Security to ensure the safety
and security of this country and its citizens.
Accordingly, the IFP supports this budget.
I thank you!
Professor Christian T Msimang
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