STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
again the actions of an African National Congress (ANC) member has negatively
affected the lives of the ordinary South Africans they claim to champion.
Reports that a municipal councillor of the ANC owes tens of thousands of rands
to a school's staff members who have allegedly not been paid their salaries
since 1999. Reportedly this ANC culprit has admitted to the non-payment of staff
and cited the issue "is a lot more complex than it sounds" and blames
the Gauteng Education Department for insufficient funding.
The ANC seems bent on sending mixed messages: In a statement by the "ANC
ALLIANCE ON EDUCATION", it states that "We call upon all our cadres,
deployed at various levels of the education system, to re-affirm their ANC
cadreship by working tirelessly as catalysts for change." Obviously the
honourable councillor did not get this brief.
The UDM calls on the Gauteng Education Department get to the bottom of who is to
blame and do it as a matter of urgency, but most importantly rectify the
situation. It is a disgrace that workers have not received their earning and
even worse that this happens in a time where work in South Africa is scarce.
The UDM calls on the ANC to take a close look at this councillor who serves well
as an embarrassment for their so-called commitment to "working tirelessly
as catalysts for change". The UDM expresses the hope that the ANC means
true and real change for the betterment of the education of our nation.
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
30 August 2001