UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

POOR WCAR ORGANISATION LEADS
 TO DESPERATE MEASURES

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY LUZUKO LUWACA
SECRETARY GENERAL, UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT YOUTH VANGUARD

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard is not surprised but appalled that government should only start confessing only ten days before the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) that it will have to pay a large amount of money towards the costs of the WCAR. The government and the WCAR organisers have been very skilful and strategic in the concealment of their lack in transparency and fundraising abilities.

Using the United State's reluctance to attend the WCAR as a smoke screen was,  so good, that ordinary South Africans were unable to ask questions around the funding of the WCAR. The statement by Mr Barney Pityana that if the US does not attend the conference, Government will have to foot the bill is rather misleading. It is clear that the presence or absence of the US will not make any difference to the funding of the WCAR. The reality of the matter is that Government and the WCAR organisers failed to secure sufficient sponsorship and are using the US as a scapegoat. Both the WCAR organisers and Government knew very well that if the issue of funding was brought up at a very late stage, it would be difficult for opposition parties to criticise.

Political youth organisations were promised attendance sponsorship to the WCAR by the South African Youth Council and the South African Youth Commission. But instead of being straight about the fact that there is no such sponsorship, the deputy presidents of the South African Youth Council and South African Youth Commission, Mr S Khulu and Ms Makhasi, took the cowards way out of dodging the subject. This resulted in some youth organisations being moved from pillar to post in their attempts to be part of a solution to racism in South Africa. As a result of this, some youth organisations were excluded from the WCAR.

As good as the intentions to organise a WCAR in South Africa, the lack in transparency, poor fundraising skills by the ANC led government have placed a dark stain on future attempts by South Africa to host world conferences. Unless organisations in the likes of the South African Youth Council and South African Youth Commission stop being charlatans of racism, our nation is far from being united against racism.

Enquiries:
Mr Luzuko Luwaca
UDMYV National Secretary General
082 965 7879

Pretoria
21 August 2001.