STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
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
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.
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
5 September 2001