ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE EASTERN CAPE
latest figures on poverty, released by Statistics SA, prove that the Eastern
Cape is the ANC's Cinderella province. In a nutshell, the Eastern Cape ranks
worst in terms of poverty, need for infrastructure development, need for job
creation and family planning, as well as the need for improvement in life
The Eastern Cape premier will undoubtedly call for a bigger budget allocation.
Unfortunately, incompetence and poor delivery with the current budget means that
such an increase will merely encourage more corruption. At national and
provincial level the inability to deliver has seen huge budgetary allocations
being misspent or unspent. The debacle with the unspent poverty relief funds by
the Department of Welfare serves as a stark example of this inability to deliver
by the ANC government. Financial control has recently improved but it is yet to
have an impact on poverty because service delivery has not improved.
It must not be forgotten that the Eastern Cape is the province where pensioners
regularly die in pension cues. It is the province where the simple
administration of pension applications often does not happen. Health services
have collapsed to such an extent that deceased patients, in some hospital
morgues, start to decompose because the freezers are not maintained.
The Eastern Cape is furthermore experiencing an education crisis with the MEC of
Education found guilty of gross human rights violations by the Human Rights
These statistics reflect a deteriorating situation that calls for immediate and
drastic measures. The UDM calls on the Eastern Cape government to create a
provincial ministry for poverty relief.
Six years down the road of ANC rule it is quite clear that the existing
provincial executive is unable to coordinate and implement programmes to reach
the poorest of the poor. Meanwhile each new set of statistics shows a widening
gap not only between rich and poor, but also increasing inequalities within and
between racial groups.
Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Public Representative for the Eastern Cape
7 September 2000