STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON
UDM acknowledges the changes that have come about as a result of the struggle by
South Africans in their quest for freedom, justice and equality. The efforts by
the South African government to attain these goals is appreciated, but there are
however, shortcomings that need to be looked into seriously if the dream of
South Africans is to become a reality. People of South Africa fought for this
day; they were trying to bridge the gap between the two worlds within this
country - the haves and have-nots.
UDM would like to celebrate the Freedom Day reminding the people of South Africa
that the struggle continues even in the current democratic government. The
struggle against poverty and HIV/AIDS.
People of South Africa are supposed to say "hey"! today, for their
effort to put the democratic government in place which is expected to bridge the
gap between the haves and have-nots. The people that have benefited from the
struggle are those that are close to the ruling elite. The mismanagement of
public funds by the government is unacceptable is totally against what millions
of South Africans laid their lives. We therefore call on the South African
government to respect the struggle by acting responsibly and ensuring that
poverty becomes enemy number one.
27 April 2000