STATEMENT ISSUED BY LUZUKO LUWACA
UDMYV NATIONAL SECRETARY GENERAL
United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) calls on the people of
South Africa to seriously look at the honesty and commitment of COSATU the
leadership when they called its members to strike over privatisation.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) had been on the forefront to
call the people of our country to vote for the ANC, moreover, donating R2
million; today they are marching against those same people! The COSATU
leadership understood and identified with the ANC economic policy when they
campaigned for it, as well as its implications to the toiling masses of our
The UDMYV believes that COSATU has served SA's working class on a silver platter
to the guillotines of a neoliberal economic policy of their ruling masters. They
doom the poor masses to lose many a day's wage whilst knowing the policy of
their ruling friend: No work! No pay!
We believe it is high time that the working class of our country consider other
options. They must think twice about aligning themselves with trade unions that
are aligned and not independent, it has proved that such alliances between
unions and political parties are doomed to failure.
The position of the United Democratic Movement is clear; it believes that the
wholesale privatisation of state assets is looting and that there must be
strategic state intervention in the economy.
The ANC should not forget that our country comes from a regime that had a
character of state intervention on the economy, for a reason; they closed the
gap between the have-nots, the Afrikaner, and the haves, the English colonisers
- and it worked!
South Africa cannot sustain the drastic change from this former strategy and
indiscriminately plunge into a western type free market economy and in the
process render a whole nation unemployed. We should take the middle road that
will cautiously transform our economy in a manner that brings relief to our
poor, unemployed and starving people.
Mr Luzuko Luwaca
UDMYV National Secretary General
30 August 2001