UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

MARGINALISATION OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CHIEF L C MOTHIBA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON TRADITIONAL LEADERS

The UDM is alarmed at the continued marginalisation of Traditional Leaders in the local government sector. Traditional Leaders represent a significant sector of society, which cannot and should not be unilaterally silenced or dismantled.

The warning given yesterday by Minister Sydney Mufamadi that "any municipal councillor threatening to boycott the new local government structures would be replaced," is in response to a letter received from councillors threatening to boycott local government structures until government met the demands of traditional leaders. The UDM expresses it concern at the issues raised by traditional leaders, and urges government to refrain from pre-election lip service and post-election non-delivery, which make Traditional Leaders and their followers feel like mere voting cattle.

The UDM calls upon Government to urgently attend to the various commitments it has made to Traditional Leaders in the past twelve months.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer

Cape Town
9 May 2001