UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ANC COMMITMENT TO TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) noted that the African National Congress (ANC) has recommitted itself to the Tripartite Alliance. The ANC as the leading partner, has to protect and secure its precarious position at the top and keep its partners happy to ensure political victory in the future.

Just a month ago the ANC and SACP leadership who sit in the cabinet, were embarrassed by COSATU's projection of the executive as pursuing policies which are an antithesis of the liberation program which sought to advance workers' causes and alleviate poverty.

The UDM maintains that South Africans can no longer tolerate the ANC, SACP and COSATU Alliance's perplexing political message and collective posturing by them, while the country's economy is sliding. The leadership of the Alliance has misled workers and the citizens of this country by shouting such slogans as "VIVA SOCIALISM" in their weekend rallies, while on Mondays they are busy listing companies in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Securities.

The alliance partners' public posturing confused overlapping membership, even the ANC Secretary General, Kgalema Motlanthe, said as much. The UDM has time and again said that a labour movement, such as COSATU, should be independent enough to honestly represent the interests of the marginalized workers. The confusion created by an ambivalent Tripartite Alliance ruling click who preach elimination of unemployment in the streets and legislate retrenchments and greater unemployment in Parliament, must be removed.

The UDM calls on all South Africans to shun this unholy alliance, there has been absolutely no concrete and sustainable difference made to the lives of the poor of this country. The ANC, COSATU and the SACP's chameleon statements and behaviour, have done nothing but confuse the South African electorate. Many promises have been made by the ANC led Alliance: none have realised.

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

Pretoria
02 October 2001