Monthly Archives: November 1998

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Registration mess

statement by Deputy-National Secretary Despite promises by the IEC and the government that everything is in place for registration in the five provinces, the situation on the ground is a disaster. Thousands of South Africans may very well ask themselves whether today is the first of April. Phones at the UDM National Office and in the five provincial offices have not stopped ringing as people are reporting complaints. At the National Office staff were redeployed [...]

November 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Registration mess

Postponement of registration

statement by Deputy-National Secretary The announcement today that the registration for the elections will be postponed in four provinces, emphasises the inability of government to deal with issues pro actively and in time. This announcement should have been made at least a month ago when it was clear to any one who cared, that the IEC will not be in a position to conduct proper registration in November. This is symptomatic of the crisis management [...]

November 24th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Postponement of registration

South Africa’s soaring trade balance deficit

statement by Deputy-President South Africa’s worse than expected trade balance figures, which was announced yesterday, gives reason for grave concern. The cumulative deficit of R622,5 million for the first 10 months of 1998, compared to a cumulative; surplus of R3,8 million for the corresponding period; last year is frightening. There are furthermore indications that this condition will continue to worsen for the balance of the current fourth quarter, leaving a trade deficit for 1998 much [...]

November 24th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on South Africa’s soaring trade balance deficit

Registration in shambles – elections under threat

statement by Deputy-National Secretary With 72 hours left to put in place the organisational machinery for registration, the situation can only be described as chaotic. Not only are there serious questions about the impartiality of using state officials to run the registration, but it is also obvious that there are not enough officials willing to do the job. Training for these yet “non existing” officials must still take place. When will this happen and how [...]

November 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Registration in shambles – elections under threat

Resignation as Member of Parliament for the National Party and joining the UDM

statement by Reverend Macfarlan Pheneti, Member of Parliament, MP Today I resigned from the National Party to join the United Democratic Movement. I joined the UDM, the only party that brings South Africans irrespective of race, gender, or religious believes together in one political home. I was elected to the National Parliament in 1994 to represent the National Party. I was convinced at the time that the National Party was sincere in its efforts to [...]

November 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Resignation as Member of Parliament for the National Party and joining the UDM

Politics bankrupt IEC: democracy on knife edge

statement by Deputy-President The South African voter public may well become the victim and democracy the corps that will be buried as a result of the ANC and opposition parties unwillingness to provide sufficient funding to the IEC. The UDM has warned from the outset that the amount made available to the IEC to conduct the elections, is not enough. This affects the smooth running of the elections as well as the independence of the [...]

November 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Politics bankrupt IEC: democracy on knife edge