STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
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
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
UDM National Secretary
14 November 2001