ALLIANCE; COSAS AND UDM
PRESS CONFERENCE COSAS AND UDM
is with great pleasure that we inform South Africans that the United Democratic
Movement (UDM) and the Congress of South African Students (COSAS)have agreed on
a strategic alliance in terms of which the two formations will co-operate on
specific issues in which they have common agreement.
A couple of years ago the UDM advocated a political re-alignment in South Africa
which would see the changing of the political landscape with the ultimate
objective of providing an alternative government to the African National
Congress. Such an alignment of political forces who share similar and identical
visions would dislodge antiquated groupings previously founded under a now
defunct dispensation in which they addressed problems peculiar to that period.
The new formations will take the South African society forward and target the
burning issues of the day such as education for empowerment of previously
disadvantaged communities, wealth creation and equitable distribution of same,
so as to narrow the gap between the haves and the have-nots, job creation and
improvement of social services etc.
To achieve this it has become imperative that we embrace meaningful and
fundamental transformation which alters the existing social and power relations
of the present status quo. This will be a departure from the cosmetic trappings
of change which have retained the structural relations of the old order and
benefited a handful of party cronies.
Today's announcement signifies the march to that goal. The strategic alliance of
these two organisations spearheads the cherished goal of realignment as
mentioned above. COSAS is the youth of this country and therefore represent the
future. Consequently it is imperative that their voice must inform our future
In the same breath the UDM in terms of its policies and vision, will provide the
home for the future leaders of this country through identification of common
areas of agreement, nurturing and political guidance.
The UDM salutes the courage, imagination, integrity and resolve of COSAS who had
to break ranks with a formidable and resourceful political party, the ANC.
The two formations are committed to consolidate and take forward a programme of
effective and relevant education which will equip our youth to take their place
in the social and economic life of the country. To this end, early in the New
Year we will intensify the "BACK TO SCHOOL" campaign, effective
teaching and ensuring the companies that were awarded book tenders comply with
the delivery timeframes.
COSAS and the UDM propose the convening of a National Conference on Education
which should be attended by all stakeholders to determine a suitable education
system acceptable to all, and wrest this initiative from an esoteric clique who
want to foist their pet theories down the mouths of South Africans.
COSAS and the UDM will campaign for the channelling of resources to the
upgrading of educational infrastructure such as classrooms, furniture, software,
educational aids etc.
COSAS Secretary General
UDM Secretary General
Bantu Holomisa, MP
19 December 2001