UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ANC GOVERNMENT MUST DO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

It 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 government.

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.

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

Pretoria
14 September 2001