STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked by resent reports that the Auditor
General has found material and fundamental fault with Gauteng education
department's 2000/01 financial statements. This apparent maladministration,
corruption and negligence fly in the face of Government's so-called commitment
to eradicate these harmful practices.
According to media reports, the audit revealed instances of "fruitless
expenditure" relating to unnecessary interest charges incurred and
irregular spending on rental payments made after relevant contracts had expired.
It was also reported that a third of the department's vehicles recorded as
stolen, were either not reported to the police in time, or even worse, had not
been reported at all!
This department in particular, but also the ANC government in Gauteng, has a lot
of explaining to do; it is unfathomable that such destructive and lax practices
actually occur, never mind within a department that has a significant
responsibility to the education of our children - it is simply illegal and
The UDM, since its inception, has advocated for clean and credible governance,
and we will remain vigilant and continue to practice caring activism and embark
on campaigns to force government to fulfil its responsibilities.
Corruption and crime cannot be allowed to run rampant across South Africa
because government needs time to get its act together. The President and
Ministers responsible for the fight against corruption and crime must prioritise.
It is time that this government demonstrates the backbone and political will to
deal with corruption and crime, and the incompetence that encourages it.
UDM National Secretary
23 October 2001