STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
seems that the ANC government will spend much more time defending itself in
court as well as paying damages to South Africans whose rights, in terms of the
Constitution, had not been protected.
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) read with interest that the Minister of
Safety and Security has been ordered by the Pretoria High Court to pay R2.7
million in damages to a Jane Furse store manager who was allegedly severely
tortured by police.
Seen against the landmark ruling of the Constitutional Court in the matter of Ms
Carmichael versus the Departments of Justice and Safety and Security, this
ruling of the High Court sets the stage for a dramatic embarrassment for the ANC
ANC government's inability to fulfil its democratic responsibilities might see
it in court defending itself against the citizens of this country. It is simply
unacceptable that a citizen should have to go to court in order to force the ANC
to acknowledge its constitutional responsibilities.
Unfortunately for the ANC, its much vaunted strategies and statements of intent
has so far not made a dramatic difference to the lot of the people at grassroots
level and because of its inability to deliver on its election promises, the ANC
government will have to face a real possibility of spending more time in court
defending its policies, rather than implementing them.
In reality the taxpayer will foot the bill if this scenario realises. How ironic
would it be that the taxpayers' money, used to fund government and its
activities, will also be used to pay damages for government's failures.
Minister Tshwete must be careful in future when he flies of the handle and make
one of his infamous remarks. People in glasshouses should not throw stones.
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
14 September 2001