UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

POLICY REVIEW NEEDED FOR WELFARE REBATES

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF. L. MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

It is pathetic that a national department is biting the hand that feeds it. The UDM is disgusted that Breadline Africa, a charity organisation that brings light to the lives of many, is now being asked to pay R3000 for a donation from England valued at R2 326. This happens since the Department of Social Development does not have any policy that provides for a rebate facility for welfare organisations.

The UDM views this appalling state of affairs as yet another in a string of events of department mismanagement and corruption. This is further exacerbated by irregularities in payments of pension and maintenance grants. It is thus very troublesome that amidst these incidents of corruption and mismanagement the Department still has the temerity to steal from the poor.

The UDM calls upon the Minister of Social Development, in consultation with the Minister of Trade and Industry, to urgently review policies with regards to the introduction of a rebate facility for welfare organisations. Millions of South Africans are dependent upon such organisations for their own survival.

Enquiries:
Ms. Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
082 557 4184

Cape Town
25 June 2001