UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

ANC ATTEMPTING UNCONSTITUTIONAL CENTRALISATION OF POWER

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DICKSON MKONO, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The amendments published by government are a transparent move to centralise power at national level.

The UDM condemns these constitutional amendments that will allow direct intervention by national government in the affairs of local authorities that fail to manage their finances properly. This proposal is an indictment of the capacity of provincial governments to ensure financial prudence at local level. Instead of usurping power, national government should assist provincial and local governments in their efficiency of service delivery and financial management.

The UDM hopes that this is not an attempt by the ANC to scale back on constitutionally guaranteed powers and functions of provincial and local governments, which are pivotal to the growth of a stable and democratic society.

Enquiries:
Mr. D. Mkono, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Provincial and Local Government
083 961 5333

Cape Town
18 July 2001.