Monthly Archives: December 1997

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South African political landscape

Joint media statement about South African political landscape by Roelf Meyer and Bantu Holomisa of the UDM and Tony Leon of the Democratic Party The leaders of the DP and the UDM held a meeting during the past week in which an overview of the present political situation in the country was undertaken. Both parties confirmed their viewpoints that an over-dominant one party state was detrimental to the interests of South Africa and the need [...]

December 15th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Political Realignment|Comments Off on South African political landscape

Court case against UDM Pretoria Councillors

joint media statement by the UDM and the NP The National Party (NP) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) have jointly decided that the pending court case regarding the UDM members who have resigned from the NP whilst retaining their elected positions on the Pretoria City Council, not be proceeded with. It is a joint viewpoint that the situation in the country in the national interest requires from everybody to rather concentrate on the bigger [...]

December 10th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Court case against UDM Pretoria Councillors

The challenges facing South Africa as we approach the New Millennium

presented by Mr Bantu Holomisa, UDM Co-leader, at the South African Institute of Race Relations, Johannesburg In the letter of invitation which I received from the Institute of Race Relations, it is stated that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is attracting much media attention. The UDM on the other hand feels that scant attention is paid to its activities by the media, so it is a matter of debate as to whether we enjoy any [...]

December 10th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on The challenges facing South Africa as we approach the New Millennium

Blanket amnesty for top ANCs

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has now asked legal opinion on its decision to grant amnesty to Mr Thabo Mbeki and 36 other top ANC officials. Since granting amnesty, the Committee has not informed the nation for which human rights transgressions these amnesties were granted. As a matter of fact, the Committee has indicated that they need not do any explaining. This is of [...]

December 9th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Blanket amnesty for top ANCs

TRC hearing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The past two weeks’ hearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has revealed a number of things ‘that went horribly wrong’ during the time of Ms Madikizela-Mandela’s association with the so-called Mandela United Football Club. Details aside, our country now demands clear reaction from the ANC leadership if it is serious about the aim of the TRC, namely to get to the truth about [...]

December 5th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on TRC hearing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Medium-term budget policy statement by Minister Manuel

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The release of Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s medium-term budget policy statement has introduced a new, transparent direction for South African fiscal policy. For this he needs to be congratulated. Although all the news is not encouraging, especially the scaled-down forecast for growth of the GDP, the opening up of fiscal policy planning is a fresh approach that will prove to be of immense assistance to local and foreign [...]

December 3rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Medium-term budget policy statement by Minister Manuel

Concern about murders on farms

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The alarming regularity with which farming people are attacked and murdered has long since reached critical proportions. The possibility mooted by President Mandela last week that the atrocities may be committed by wild elements formerly belonging to MK, was a frank admission opening up a possibility of ending this rule of terror. The UDM, however, is concerned that nothing substantial has apparently since been done. We request government, [...]

December 3rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Concern about murders on farms

Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The UDM is extremely grateful for the agreement reached at Nedlac on the presidential jobs summit planned for the second quarter of 1998. We have taken note of the two phased approach towards the summit and the follow-up phase envisaged. Although proper planning is essential, it is a pity that this most desperate need of so many of our fellow South Africans took so long to receive the [...]

December 1st, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough