Media release

Government condemns Henke Pistorius’ comments

05 March 2013

5 March 2013

Acting Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams has condemned the unfounded and mischievous comments attributed by Oscar Pistorius’ father, Henke Pistorius, in the British media regarding the protection of white people from incidents of violent crime in South Africa. Crime is a societal problem, a common enemy which knows no race and affects all citizens.  

South Africa is a democratic country with an effective crime prevention, safety and security programme that ensures the protection of all people in the country irrespective of race. Mr Henke Pistorius is unnecessarily misleading local and international communities by in effect justifying what may be construed as criminal acts and an incitement of racial violence.
Williams said “South Africa is a non-racist country governed by the supreme law of the land, the Constitution, which grants all citizens equal protection and benefit of the law.  Government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all South Africans irrespective of their race, gender, sexual orientation and religious beliefs".

Crime prevention is one of Government’s five key priorities and significant achievements have been made in this regard, as evident by the findings of 2011 Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS). People in South Africa are feeling safer as a result of police visibility and responsiveness. According to South African Police Service (SAPS) statistics, the level of gun-related crimes in the country has dropped by 21.2% between 2004/5 and 2011/12.

“Government appeals to all citizens not to make irresponsible remarks but to work together to promote peace and harmony and ensure that social cohesion prevails in our country”, said Williams.
Government reiterates the responsible ownership and use of weapons. All South Africans are required to be active in building a safe and prosperous society to show commitment to the values enshrined in the Constitution.

Phumla Williams 
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by Government Communication and Information System

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