2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


FREEDOM DAY

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The 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.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko


Cape Town
27 April 2000