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