2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


THE POOR REMAIN POOR

MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY PROF. MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON WELFARE AND POPULATION DEVELOPMENT

The majority of South Africans who were disadvantaged by the Apartheid government find themselves still impoverished by the present government, with its non-delivery of funds and programmes intended to relieve poverty amongst the poorest of the poor.

The irregularities and problems in the Welfare Department arose during the reign of the then Minister of Welfare and Population Development, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. That she cannot be called to account for under-spending or non-spending is unacceptable to the United Democratic Movement.

On Friday 14 April 2000 the Portfolio Committee on Welfare and Population Development will be meeting the Independent Development Trust (IDT) that was tasked by Minister Fraser-Moleketi to disburse funds allocated to it for poverty-relief. The IDT will be called upon to explain why these funds were not released.

Whilst the Independent Development Trust was in the process of disbursing the funds allocated to various programmes, it was stopped. 

Minister Fraser-Moleketi must explain why she halted the process.

Enquiry:
Prof. Mbadi
UDM Spokesperson on Welfare and Population Development

Cape Town
13 April 2000