ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM expresses its dismay at the fact that the DA and ANC both at national and
provincial government levels are passing the buck with regards to responsibility
and assistance for flood victims in the Western Cape.
The situation on the Cape Flats is unacceptable, because these floods have not
been unexpected. Annually the people of the Western Cape have their lives
disrupted and their meagre shelter destroyed. Disgustingly, it is a further
annual occurrence that there is no contingency plan put in place beforehand to
deal with these floods. Whilst some relief has been offered after weeks of
unbearable living conditions, for most it is too little, too late.
The UDM wishes to pose the following rhetorical questions to the national and
provincial governments: Does their pathetic track record speak for itself and
will they react the same year after year, not addressing the root causes of the
problem? Will next year hold the same fate for thousands of inhabitants of the
The UDM challenges President Mbeki to include these areas of the Cape Flats as
the next beneficiaries of the Urban Renewal Strategy in his Opening Address to
Parliament next year. Perhaps in that way both national and provincial
government will be forced to set aside their pettiness and address the concerns
of the people on the ground.
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
082 552 4156
29 August 2001