STATEMENT ISSUED BY THOMAS MAHLANGU
GENERAL SECRETARY, UNITED DEMOCRATIC STUDENTS' MOVEMENT
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
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.
Mr T.P. Mahlangu
UDESMO General Secretary
072 1581 351
10 October 2001