2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


POVERTY STATS PROVE THE EASTERN CAPE IS THE ANC'S CINDERELLA PROVINCE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE EASTERN CAPE

The 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 circumstances.

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 Commission.

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.

Enquiries:
Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Public Representative for the Eastern Cape


Cape Town
7 September 2000