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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

REASON FOR EDENBURG PROTEST?

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

Today's protest by a number of Edenburg (Free State) residents can be interpreted as an indictment of government and its failure to deliver. Apparently these Edenburg residents complained about corruption in the town's administration and had blockaded the N1 highway with burning tyres.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) does not condone this action by the Edenburg residents, but sympathises with their plight - each and every South African has certain basic rights as described in, and protected by our Constitution - corruption violates these rights and it must stop. The UDM has warned in the past that situations as it played out today, where citizens are seemingly driven to vent their frustration in such a manner as the Edenburg residents have, might become a frequent spectacle in South Africa.

The fight against corruption is a matter of national importance. Local government, and indeed all levels of government, must service the needs of the entire people, with impartiality and sensitivity to the highest standards of efficient administration. Delivery of basic social services must get back on track. Incompetence underlined by corruption continues to be the cause for below-average performance across the whole spectrum of delivery from health and welfare through to housing, land restitution and access to water and electricity.

The ANC government has not yet lived up to its promises, instead of focussing on socio-economic needs of our people; billions of rands are spent on weapons. Instead of service delivery, government staggers from one corruption- and/or mismanagement crisis to another.

The UDM would like to reiterate its commitment to clean- and responsible governance and to reassert our perseverance to being a well-disciplined and responsible organisation.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary

Pretoria
14 November 2001

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