Stop development aid to South Africa: EU (VIDEOS)

Posted on | september 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Euro-MPs Barry Madlener and Lucas Hartong want that the European Commission to immediately stop giving its development-aid programme in which millions of Euros are sent too South Africa purportedly to ‘advance social stability’ in that country. The EU budgeted an amount of 980-million for this purpose from 2007 to 2013 – . Madlener and Hartong point out that ‘there is no sign of social stability in South Africa and that the EU is wasting the taxpayers’ money on this useless project.

The two MPs point out that the US embassy yesterday warned its citizens in South Africa to have themselves registered – and to also inform the embassy of the actual threats of violence in that country. The US embassy said in its statement that due to – amongst others – the public violence surrounding the public hearing against ANC youth leader Malema, there has been a ‘rapidly-deteriorating political climate in South Africa especially towards whites’; and that ‘specifically white journalists are seriously hampered in carrying out their funcitons as representatives of the free press.”

Comments Madlener: “Everybody can observe that there is no indication of any increasing social stability in South Africa. The EU is spending its money on projects like these at the costs of the taxpayers, to make themselves look good in South Africa. This is another useless project which once again shows the need that the EU must stop giving money to development-aid.’

He is raising the following questions with the European Commission:

  1. Does the Commission, as does the PVV, agree that the current set-up of the ANC-ruled South African government does not exactly indicate that they are creating social stability and social cohesion?
  2. Can de Commission indicate why – despite the strongly-increasing level of social- and political unrest in South Africa — so much money is still being donated from the EU-budget to this country?
  3. Does the Commission, as does the PVV, also admit that all the financial help which has thus far gone to South Africa from the EU, with the specific intention to ‘increase social stability’, has clearly proven to be totally useless and insufficient?
  4. Does the Commission intend to now stop this ‘development-aid’ to South Africa due to the growing socio-political unrest? And if not, why not?

Examples of latest social unrest – even pupils attack, injure police now: Aug 30 2011

A police officer was injured and two state vehicles damaged during a protest by pupils in Cosmo City, north-west of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.Police were still keeping an eye on Cosmo City Secondary School following violence, Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs said. Hundreds of pupils protested on Monday afternoon, demanding their principal be fired. While police were talking to them, a group ran out of the school grounds. “They completely damaged two vehicles with stones and other hard objects. A male officer was admitted to hospital after he was hit with a brick in the face. “Two men, both aged 18, were arrested and charged with public violence and malicious damage to property. They were expected to appear in court soon. The Gauteng education department was not immediately available for comment.

1) Development Aid funding to South Africa from Eu:
2) US Embassy warnings to US residents:
3) White journalists attacked:  

AUTHOR: Adriana Stuijt
E-MAIL: a.j.stuijt [at]


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