UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

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HOME AFFAIRS HAMSTRUNG BY ANC - IFP SQUABBLES

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON HOME AFFAIRS

The observation by Home Affairs Director-General Billy Masetlha, that ideological differences between the ANC and the IFP is the main reason for non-delivery by the Department of Home Affairs, confirms what the UDM has been saying for the past two years.

These ideological differences hamstrung the Department of Home Affairs and its officials in basic service delivery to South African citizens. It manifests itself in many ways: A completely insufficient budget for the Department, a Migration Bill that is now almost three years delayed, and a Portfolio Committee that is more involved in political games than fulfilling its oversight role.

The latest in the saga is the whole question over whether the Director-General has a legal contract or not.

The responsibility to put this situation right lies squarely before the ANC government's door. Failure by the Department of Home Affairs affects many sectors of government's service delivery. Pensions that cannot be paid because pensioners do not have the necessary documents, social grants cannot reach those whom are desperately in need of it. Failure on the side of the Department of Home Affairs affects the poorest of the poor the most. It affects the very lives of those people that the ANC claims it is trying to improve. Failure of the Department of Home Affairs will be failure by the ANC.

The UDM calls on President Mbeki to immediately take the steps necessary to address the desperate situation in the Department of Home Affairs. It is only when the political agenda has been removed and Minister Buthelezi is left to execute his duties that he can be judged on how successful or not his is in the position. Until then, every failure of the Department of Home Affairs is a failure of the ANC government.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Home Affairs
082 557 4148

Cape Town
12 October 2001