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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

NEWLANDS STADIUM RACE ROW

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SPORT

The UDM is disappointed by the unnecessary degeneration of this debate into a racial mudslinging contest. The refusal of Cape Metro Mayor, Peter Marais, to accept his invitation to the Parliamentary Committee on Sport, has now resulted in a summons being issued for his attendance.

SA sport can ill-afford this escalation in hostilities between national, provincial and local government, involving several sports administration bodies as well.

The UDM is specifically disappointed with the behaviour and comments of Mr Marais, who has thus far displayed a complete lack of sensitivity. We call on Mr Marais to remember that he is the Mayor of every Capetonian not just of those who voted for him or who are from a certain racial or social group. He is furthermore responsible towards all South Africans in the promotion of South Africa since Cape Town and its image, whether positive or negative, is recognised across the world.

The UDM urges the DA to stop playing games and refrain from hiding old segregation ideology behind new disguises such as zoning regulations. With each new development of this nature the DA is entrenching the idea that the Western Cape, under its rule, is still stuck in the old dispensation.

Sport is one of the most important unifying factors in the new South Africa. Every citizen and all political parties must campaign to protect this vital nation-building tool.

Enquiries: Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Sport

Cape Town
4 April 2001

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