UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

CHILDREN: TRUE VICTIMS OF HIV/AIDS

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The 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.

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

Pretoria
8 October 2001