UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

MORE NATURAL DISASTERS STRIKE SA

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to extend its sympathy to all the people of our country, who have been the victims of the series of disasters, natural and other, that has struck South Africa.

Yesterday's victims of the rain and wind in Tembisa and Midrand, as well as the people of KwaZulu Natal and Free State whose lives have been disrupted by rain and snow, highlights the vulnerability of South Africans, specifically the majority of them who live in rural areas and those who are forced to live in shacks and inadequate RDP housing in informal settlements.

Aside from the millions of rands of damage that such disasters, including the floods on the Cape Flats and the recent fires in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal, cost SA, our citizens have been exposed to more adversity and hardship than anybody deserves.

The UDM calls on all three tiers of government to urgently look at its emergency services, since, there is enough evidence to suggest that the ANC government is does not sustain its normal routine health- and emergency services and when such disasters strike our people, they must fend for themselves.

The UDM accepts that natural disasters are bound to challenge our people, but we believe that the responsibility lies with government to prepare its citizens on how to handle such incidents and that emergency services should be able to effectively assist our people at a moment's notice.

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

Pretoria
14 September 2001