UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

OSTRICH TACTICS OF GOVERNMENT

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The UDM believes that being neighbourly is part of our African culture and epitomises ubuntu. The limit to this cultural necessity is when it means ignoring ones own problems and pretending that they do not exist or can be shelved indefinitely. A clear example of this type of attitude is the South African Government.

Government pretends to have the matter of land restitution under control. This is quite ironic in that not long ago, we saw desperate citizens literally “grabbing” land into their own hands. As if this was not enough proof that Government is slowly losing control of the situation, Gauteng seems to be turning into a place where rich  “ entrepreneurs” can make it big through the  “shack farming” trade, which is an extreme form of the exploitation and denial of basic human rights of the landless.

The UDM calls on Sanki Mthembi-Mahanyele to advocate for legislation that will help speed up housing allocation. Government needs to review its housing policy by considering a new and different approach that will clearly and practically solve the land and housing issue. The culture of entitlement by Government needs to come to a halt as it is not addressing needs of the landless and destitute South Africans. The approach of acquiring expensive land from farm owners should be replaced by the relocation of people who need land into the vast and state owned land that is not in use. The money used by Government to buy land can instead be used for the building of much needed infrastructure.

If Government continues to intentionally ignore the concerns of the majority and landless people of South Africa and for as long as Civic Organisations, local and national government have different views on addressing the housing and land problem in South Africa, then we are definitely heading for an Armageddon.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
National Secretary
083 759 6637

Pretoria
13 August 2001