UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PRIVATISATION STRIKE: WHO IS FOOLING WHOM?

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY LUZUKO LUWACA
UDMYV NATIONAL SECRETARY GENERAL

The 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 country.

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.

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

Pretoria
30 August 2001