UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

STRIKES WITHIN JUSTICE STRUCTURES

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) does not wonder about reports of Justice Minister Penuell Maduna telling striking state attorneys to "get better-paid jobs elsewhere, if you [they] can"; and this from a minister who is faced by a wage crisis with magistrates as well.

It has become typical for the ANC to arrogantly counter crises with inflammatory and inappropriate remarks. The honourable Minister knows that there are no "better-paid jobs elsewhere" - SA's current unemployment levels attest to that - and such statements seems to mock the worth of his employees.

Every day South Africans are witness to the foot-in-mouth disease of ANC government officials and politicians - more often than not, do they make frivolous and insensitive remarks about the bread and butter issues that really affect our people and during election time they sing another tune.

Minister Maduna has already passed the buck to Minister Fraser-Moleketi, Minister of Public Service and Administration - his departmental spokesperson was quoted saying "Even if we wanted to, there's nothing we could do. State attorneys salaries are being determined in the public service bargaining council."

Back to you Minister Fraser-Moleketi! But Minister Maduna's ANC colleague seems to take a different tack on employment within the public service, she is attempting to transform the public service to "protect and create quality employment within the public service.".

The UDM would also like to know, if there is no money to pay the increase demands of state attorneys, how does Department of Justice justify spending its current budget - taxpayers' money - on hiring private lawyers to help out and because they ".don't want the public to suffer.".

The UDM believes that pledges are not enough to convince the South African nation that the ANC is ready to honour its election promises. South Africa needs sustainable solutions. The UDM calls on the ANC and their ministers to aggressively take action to address South Africa's many problems, including this current situation within the justice system.

Enquiries:
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
083-759-6637

Pretoria
5 September 2001