ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM SECRETARY GENERAL
United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the commitment by Cape Town
businessmen and -women, on behalf of their companies, to the fight the spread of
HIV/Aids and to help educate their employees and customers about the pandemic.
Only positive actions like these, will help our people to survive the onslaught
of HIV and Aids.
Everyone must play a part - a National Plan of Action must be developed as a
matter of urgency to bind together and commit all sectors of society -
individually and collectively - to deal with HIV/Aids in a responsible and
Education and awareness - it is absolutely imperative that education and
awareness regarding HIV/Aids is enhanced and kept at high levels until the
pandemic has been beaten. Education and awareness must be specifically aimed at
addressing the fact that young girls and women are particularly vulnerable, due
to biological reasons and sexual relations (often coerced) with older men.
Awareness of HIV/Aids must permeate South African society, acknowledging that
stigmas, intolerance and discrimination are democratically unacceptable and
The UDM commits itself to protecting and promoting the constitutional right of
all South Africans to basic health care and believes that this, as well as
HIV/Aids, should be elevated as the two major priorities, recognising that in
these two areas the current government is failing to protect the constitutional
rights of our people.
UDM Secretary General
27 November 2001