UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

UDM SUPPORTS CALL FOR LAND SUMMIT

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the call of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) for an urgent land summit to be held and that Government should speed up delivery to landless people. The land issue in South Africa waits like a slumbering volcano on the brink of complete eruption. The recent incidents in Bredell (Gauteng) and Phillipi (Western Cape) should serve as a warning of pending disaster.

The UDM finds it encouraging that Government has acknowledged the weaknesses of its previous land programme. In her budget speech, Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister, Thoko Didiza, states ". the tensions around access need to be managed through dialogues.".

The Minister also indicated that a Ministerial Land Indaba held in November last year has in part helped in building consensus around the various products of land reform. The UDM would like to enquire about the progress she has made based on consensus reached.

The UDM has since its inception promoted the restitution of land. The UDM recognises the ability of land to create wealth and will respect reasonable land tenure rights, as well as reasonable land restitution claims. There are huge tracts of vacant and idle government land that can be utilised.

The UDM calls on the Minister Didiza to heed the call of the SACC and invite all the stake-holders to come together and find a solution to the land issue and address the needs of vulnerable communities who lack security of tenure in South Africa, once and for all.

Enquiries:
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
083-759-6637

Pretoria
17 August 2001