2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


DP'S IMMORAL APPLICATION OF FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR PUBLIC ENTERPRISES

The DP's reported statements regarding expected job losses at Spoornet, raises serious questions.

Reportedly the DP is more concerned about the attractiveness of a state utility to private investors than the fate of thousands of workers. The DP spokesperson belatedly adds that Government should "reduce Spoornet's workforce in an orderly manner".

The UDM fully supports the principle of a free market economy but, like democracies all over the developed and developing world have realised, this must include the vital element of social responsibility. No party, claiming to serve democratic interests, worth its salt can advocate the indiscriminate "reduction" of workforces for the sole sake of profit.

Job creation is the single most important challenge facing South Africa, our success in all other fields depend on this. The DP, like any other party in South Africa, would be the first to acknowledge this, especially once election campaigning is in full swing.

The UDM is fully committed to the goal of job creation, to such an extent that all our policies are geared towards this goal. We acknowledge that Government and Big Business cannot supply the bulk of employment, and that Enterprise Development is the key to real and sustainable job creation. Government does however have a social responsibility to workers at parastatals, which is why the UDM has questioned the small amount set aside for retraining as well as the apparent lack of a restructuring strategy. 

The DP's statements hark back to the sort of rampant immoral profit-inspired capitalism of a century ago, when a small elite exploited the majority in the name of profit.

Enquiries:
Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Public Enterprises

Cape Town
31 May 2000