UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

EXPLOITATION OF POOR BY PAC

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR SALAM ABRAM, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR AGRICULTURE AND LAND AFFAIRS

The UDM expresses its concern at the exploitation of the poor by the PAC by encouraging Zimbabwe-style land invasions. These land invasions add fuel to the fire of emotional and economic hardships, as many South Africans are landless. The play on their emotions by the PAC and the pathetic exploitative charge of R25 cannot be justified by any political party that has the interests of the people of this country at heart.

The UDM recognises that ownership of land is a fair indicator of economic empowerment and thus urges government to urgently formulate an integrated programme that may be fast-tracked. This programme should include job creation and poverty alleviation mechanisms, thereby reducing the exploitation of the poor and needy.

The UDM further calls for the additional fast-tracking of current redistribution programmes by government in order to protect the landless from such distasteful political manoeuvres. The poor, who are amongst the most vulnerable of our society, must be protected. The PAC is making itself guilty of exactly the same thing it accuses the ANC of, promising land and not delivering.

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

Cape Town
5 July 2001