STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
of the rich and famous" this is how recent reports on ANC mayors' frivolous
and self enriching spending should read. The United Democratic Movement (UDM)
finds such wastefulness deplorable and an insult to the suffering poor and
homeless masses of our country.
It is quite clear how the ANC chooses to spend taxpayer's money; acquiring of
expensive 4x4 vehicles seems the number one priority and next, the purchase and
expansion of luxurious residences, with swimming pools and electronically
controlled double garage doors behind which to park the pricey 4x4 no doubt.
Reports that an additional R300 000 is to be spent on Tshwane mayor's R2,5
million recently acquired residence, plus and additional R154 000 for running
costs, highlights this trend amongst ANC mayors. Many of our esteemed mayors,
justified buying expensive luxurious 4x4 vehicles, citing South Africa's
"poor roads" as sufficient reason to make such purchases. Maybe such
funds would have been better spent repairing those "poor roads"?
After last week's announcement of substantial pay hikes for local government
representatives, surely ANC mayors all around South Africa will not longer have
any excuse for non-delivery of basic services. When and where will the gravy
train stop next?
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
8 October 2001