2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


ANC MAYOR INVOLVED IN R1,6M CONTROVERSY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The ANC seems to think it is very fashionable to enrich their wives and family with State monies. Thohoyandou's mayor and senior ANC leader, Mr George Phagadi, is seemingly involved in a 
R1,6 million allocation to the Tamisani Rural Women Development Co-operative, which is run by his  wife and brother.

The UDM is concerned about the repetitive nature of this ANC practice. The current mess reminds of loan funding that the Minister of Minerals and Energy approved for Leswika Women Investments (PTY) LTD, after she placed a moratorium on all loan applications for funding of new projects by the Lebowa Mining Trust. The UDM exposed this corruption in the  Northern Province; again, the shareholders of this company are wives and relatives of prominent ANC politicians and senior officials in the Northern Province.

It is disturbing to see that the ANC has forgotten the reason why people voted for them. It is sheer hypocrisy for Government to just say that it will be tough on corrupt officials and then let political leaders get away with corruption.

The South African public would like to see action, rather than words. This looting spree must come to an end.

Government must start serving the poor people of this country. There can be no service delivery whilst this culture of corruption and self-indulgence by Government are the order of the day.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Spokesperson

Cape Town
21 June 2000