UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

COSATU STRIKE: A THREAT TO EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY THOMAS MAHLANGU
GENERAL SECRETARY, UNITED DEMOCRATIC STUDENTS' MOVEMENT

The symptoms of our corrupt and mismanaged government are the torrent of strikes and boycotts from both private and public sectors that South Africa has suffered. The current South African government would rather see their officials lavishly spend thousands of tax payer's rands on parties and expensive luxury homes and vehicles. As it seems, education has become a non-entity in the books of government.

As usual, the politically two-faced COSATU has managed to mislead thousands of its members into a strike that could have irreversible and adverse effects on the future of many black learners, particularly black matriculants in the country. After all, COSATU is well known for burning tyres in the streets and sleeping with the "enemy" when the smoke has settled down. It would be interesting to know where the children of the majority of striking COSATU members, including President Willie Madisha, attend school.

The United Democratic Students' Movement (UDESMO) sympathises with all teachers and educators across the country as Government is continually frustrating their efforts, but as a consequence of this proposed action, thousands from traditionally black education institutions will suffer.

UDESMO encourages those few members who have not taken part in this irresponsible course of action to remain strong, courageous and to continue doing what is best for South Africa.

Enquiries:
Mr T.P. Mahlangu
UDESMO General Secretary
072 1581 351

Pretoria
10 October 2001