STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the Minister of Water
Affairs and Forestry's warning of a cholera breakout in KwaZulu Natal and the
Eastern Cape in the warmer months ahead. Although the UDM commends Minister
Kasrils on his holistic approach to eradicate this disease, we question whether
provincial- and local governments have done enough to protect our citizens'
right to clean water and basic health.
The UDM finds it refreshing when an ANC minister is straightforward and
uncomplicated in his communication with the South African public. What is
concerning however is that Minister Kasrils has warned, cautioned, counselled,
pushed and prodded about cholera and no major difference has been made to the
lives of the communities who are affected by this disease - bulletins in our
newspapers of cholera infections remind us of this fact.
The ANC made many promises in their election campaigns and still has to prove
its will to make a discernable and positive difference to the lives of our poor
brothers and sisters. Safe water and adequate sanitation are essential for
health and the UDM would like to remind the ANC of their fickle promises in this
When the ANC sends its ministers to recite statistics and numbers to prove or
disprove an issue, it fails to console the people who have to face daily
adversity. ANC sonnets of government spending and -projects, does not lessen the
suffering; it just seems insincere!
The UDM calls on all tiers of government in the cholera affected provinces, to
pull up their socks and step up service delivery, and to work together with
NGOs, schools and communities, to educate and alleviate the suffering caused by
cholera and other diseases.
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
18 September 2001