UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

SKWEYIYA ASKS FOR MORE MONEY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF. L. MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The UDM cautiously welcomes the Minister of Social Development’s request to cabinet and Parliament for an increase in social grants and pensions.

The Minister correctly notes that the increases could only be considered in the context of a comprehensive social security system, but this begs the question as to what such a system entails. Furthermore the Minister has acknowledged that the impact of HIV/AIDS is placing additional economic burden on caregivers, mainly grandmothers. Surely, this should add to the mounting evidence being placed before President Mbeki relating to his false logic regarding the extent and impact of HIV/AIDS.

A further concern is the theft and corruption within the department, which if eradicated could in itself save the department a huge amount of money which could them be used to alleviate the suffering of our people.

The UDM calls on government to carefully analyse its priorities to properly reflect the needs of the people.

Enquiries:
Prof Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Social Development

 Cape Town
19 September 2001