2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


THOSE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD 
NOT THROW STONES

STATEMENT ISSUED BY LUZUKO LUWACA - UDM YOUTH SECRETARY

It is not surprising that all was not said by Mr Songezo Jongile of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) during their function in Phakamisa in the Eastern Cape, over the weekend. The African National Congress’ (ANC) arrogance is astounding and seemingly it does not understand the democracy it proffers to have fought for.

When referring to independent candidates, Jongile was quoted as saying that they forget "…it is this freedom the ANC fought for that allows them now to stand as independents." What a self-righteous comment! The UDM Youth would like to remind Mr Jongile that many UDM members, as well as these independent candidates fighting this election, was part of the fight for SA citizens’ liberation and for true democracy in South Africa!

Now that South Africa has attained this freedom, Jongile takes it upon himself to warn his onetime comrades not to experience and exercise this freedom. Or is this "freedom" subject to ANC definition and approval? He was also reported to have said the ANC had no business fighting individuals but rather, it was interested in fighting oppression. To what oppression is he referring? The only party guilty of oppression is the ANC!

Jongile accuses the UDM of "cheap politics"! What is cheaper and lower than to attack your opponent with empty insults. When he said that the UDM and the DA represent two "devil" organisations - the "United Devils' Movement" and the "Devil Alliance" he proves that the ANC feels threatened by the UDM and then resort to cheap and slanderous remarks when he has nothing better to say!

South Africa has been subjected high level of crime and corruption spearheaded by people with big names in the name of democracy; the ANC cannot deny this. Mr Jongile seems to be living a sheltered existence since his comments during this weekend proved that he is blind to the fact that the lives of South Africans has not changed for the better since the ANC government came into power.

Just last week, ANC spokesman Phakamisa Hobongwana was quoted saying the UDM "…must learn to live with these clashes during election time…" after a UDM rally in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape was disrupted by ANC supporters. This was a blatant transgression of the Electoral Code of Conduct, not to mention the insult to the basic principles and rights enshrined in our Constitution.

The young people of our Country are excluded from an acceptable education, because they don’t have the money to pay for tuition. The self-righteous ANC Government claims to create a healthy economic environment, but still the Rand slides and still us young South Africans have to put up with empty ANC promises.

Those few who are empowered by a tertiary education who are actually able to get jobs, in our job-starved workplace, are retrenched; the ANC government is responsible for this deplorable state of affairs!

We, the young persons of South Africa, are tired of ANC arrogance; we are weary of empty ANC promises and we will no longer accept ANC insult. The UDM Youth Vanguard appeals to all young South Africans who are eligible to vote, to shun the ANC, and vote UDM. The ANC’s own remarks prove that they are not worthy of trust!

VOTE UDM! FOR ACTION - NOT PROMISES AND INSULTS

Enquiries: Luzuko Luwaca
UDM Youth National Secretary

Pretoria
21 November 2000