UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

BACK TO BASICS: SOCIAL WELFARE IN SA

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED UDM WOMEN'S ORGANISATION

The United Democratic Movement Women's Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by the apparent social and moral decline in South Africa. What is of special concern is that our babies and little children bear the brunt of this onslaught of moral decay.

Recent reports are that our babies are dying of malnutrition in the Eastern Cape; their parents are helpless and powerless to change their plight. In Pretoria the bodies of a one-month-old baby girl and a newborn baby were found abandoned; in Boekenhouthoek, Mpumalanga, a couple allegedly wrapped their baby boy in a plastic bag and dumped him in a pit-latrine. Gauteng police are investigating a possible child-trafficking racket operating from Johannesburg Hospital, in which stolen babies are sold for thousands of rands.

These are but a few examples of the horrific and inhuman circumstances that helpless South African babies are exposed to. UDEMWO believes that we need to go back to basics; basic respect for life; back to basic respect for another human being and basic respect for the laws of our country.

UDEMWO calls on church leaders, social- and welfare support organisations, NGOs, civil society organisations and every South African to get back to basics and defend the non-derogable right of our children to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.

Pretoria
17 August 2001.