UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

CHOLERA WARNING: WHEN WILL THE ANC DELIVER ON ITS PROMISES?

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The 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 regard.

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.

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

Cape Town
18 September 2001