UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

GOVERNMENT CALLED UPON TO DELIVER ON THE CAPE FLATS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The 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 Western Cape?

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.

Enquiries:
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President
082 552 4156

Cape Town
29 August 2001