STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
little commitment of the ANC government to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic can be
seen as nothing other than aiding and abetting the destruction of a nation.
While the ANC seems hell-bent upon convincing us that the problem is not so
serious, the reality speaks for itself.
The recent report of five HIV/Aids orphans to be evicted from their home is not
the first on such happenings, nor will it be the last.
In fact, these children aged between nine and fifteen have truly suffered the
multiple blows that HIV/Aids mercilessly hands out. First they had to deal with
the emotional trauma of losing both their parents and then they were left to
fend for themselves; their basic needs for food, shelter, has been denied them
and their chances of going to school and getting an education shot.
Children are protected by our Constitution, in fact, some of their rights are
non-derogable, but in spite of this legal obligation, Government seems to have
other priorities, such as semantic bickering about the causes of HIV/Aids. What
preventative steps have Government taken with regard to the protection of our
children, or is SA's Constitution just a piece of paper with no link to reality?
The UDM calls on government to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities and
serve the people of South Africa. HIV/AIDS is real, Mr. Mbeki. Please wake up
and hear the orphans cry and the people cough and die.
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
8 October 2001