UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FARM KILLINGS: A NATIONAL CONCERN

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

Whoever came up with the concept of fighting fire with fire, must have had the Democratic Alliance (DA) in mind. Speaking out and acting only when the politically vulnerable white "volk" is faced with the remnants of apartheid confirms the DA's commitment to mislead the nation towards the persistent and utopian idea of a supreme race.

The stance taken by the DA in addressing farm attacks both nationally and internationally can only be compared to doing laundry in muddy water and  then hanging it out in the rain to dry.

This totally defies logic and does not bring on board critical and crucial points of concern.

The focus on farm owners only as a solution and the exclusion of workers and the farming community is just as futile. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) strongly advocates and believes that an all-inclusive and holistic approach towards the problem is a solution. An approach of this nature should be accompanied by vigorous dialogue on issues pertaining to land, rural revitalisation and racism.

The UDM encourages all political parties, NGO's and ordinary citizens of South Africa to own the processes involved in the search for peace in our farming communities. Participation in these processes should not be propelled by the quest for personal and political leverage, as this is too sensitive an issue to exploit. Energies should rather be focused in the direction of the Human Rights Commission.

Enquiries:
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
083 759 6637

Pretoria
05 September 2001