UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

ANC ENTHUSIASM ON ALLAN BOESAK'S RELEASE

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY LUZUKO LUWACA
UDM YOUTH NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) notes with dismay the tremendous enthusiasm of the ruling party on the release of Dr Allan Boesak. UDMYV would like to remind the nation that Dr Boesak  was charged and convicted for defrauding and squandering money that was  meant to build houses and create development projects for the poor.

UDMYV finds ruling party claims that they are the "champions of the people's cause" and "fighting for the interest of the poor" very ironic, when they celebrate the release of a man who has been charged and convicted, for fraudulently spending monies meant for those that the ANC claims to represent.

This joyous celebration of the ruling party shows the double standard that they are prepared to apply to shield their members and support them, even at the expense of the poor people of our country.

This comrade in corruption is released at a time when the ruling party and its leader is silent about the release of the fighters of the liberation movement who still linger in jails because of their fight against the racial oppression that was declared a crime against humanity by the United Nations.

Dr Boesak is even prioritised above his erstwhile comrades; after he was caught using an alleged stolen cellular phone inside his prison cell and then the cherry on the cake is that these charges were withdrawn. This makes us interested in the possible role that the powers-that-be may have played in his parole saga and the money squandering of the jailbird man of collar.

The UDM Youth Vanguard calls upon the President of the Republic of South Africa, to release those who have fought tirelessly for our liberation who are still in the bondage's of the jails of our country, to enjoy the freedom that they have contributed to.

We also call upon the clergy of our country to force Dr Boesak to come out into the open and inform the people, especially those that he deprived of houses and development projects, as to what happened with those funds.

Dr Boesak should ask the forgiveness of those he robbed of a better life.

Enquiries:
LUZUKO LUWACA
NATIONAL YOUTH SECRETARY GENERAL

Pretoria
22 May 2001