Yearly Archives: 1998

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Government must first get its own house in order

statement by Co-leader of the UDM The call by Thabo Mbeki for financial aid from the world community can only be considered legitimate and serious when South Africa gets its own house in order. The announcement that the low-cost housing projects will loose its momentum due to an insufficient national housing budget is a serious charge against the ANC led government’s ability to address national priorities. Not only will government fail in targets it setout [...]

May 20th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Government must first get its own house in order

Rugby must be the winner

statement UDM Co-leader The involvement of government structures and specifically of Member of Parliament, Muleleki George, in the SARFU/NSC battle for the soul of rugby, clearly indicates a political involvement. Following the court decision there can be no doubt that SARFU is occupying the moral high ground. This can and must however not be seen as the last word spoken in solving the problems of rugby. The UDM believes that the only dignified option remaining [...]

May 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Rugby must be the winner

Acquittal of Nkabinde

statement by the Co-leaders of the UDM The acquittal of Sifiso Nkabinde by the court is a personal victory for him and for the independence of the judicial system in South Africa. Right from the beginning, the UDM stated that law must take its course in this case. The political interference in this case was a major concern and threat to the independence of the judicial system in South Africa. The UDM would like to [...]

April 30th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Acquittal of Nkabinde

Racial polarisation and political intolerance at an all time high

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The racial polarisation and political intolerance demonstrated during the past few weeks are of grave concern to the UDM. Not only was it demonstrated in the irresponsible remarks of Peter Mokaba but also in the Vryburg incident, the death of baby Angelina and the racial emotions surrounding murders. It seems no longer important that a life has been taken, but rather what race that victim came from. Racial polarisation is the [...]

April 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Racial polarisation and political intolerance at an all time high

Appointment of Nyanda welcomed

statement issued by the Co-leaders of the UDM The UDM congratulates Lt. Gen. Nyanda with his appointment as chief of the South African National Defense Force. The UDM believes that his appointment will enhance the completion of the transformation process in the SANDF. We call on Lt. Gen. Nyanda to build a united military core, able to fulfill its changed role and ready to serve the people of South Africa.  

April 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Appointment of Nyanda welcomed

UDM North West elects their leadership at first congress

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The first democratically elected provincial chairperson of the UDM issued a serious challenge to the ANC in the Province. Mr. Leonard Brown, UDM chairperson in the North West Province during his acceptance speech said that the people of the North West have had enough of the mismanagement and incompetence of the ANC led government. The UDM in preparation for the 1999 elections in this province will aim at launching at least [...]

April 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM North West elects their leadership at first congress

UDM on opposition alliances

statement by Co-leaders of the UDM With possible alliance pacts between the opposition parties strongly back on the political agenda, certain basic principles regarding alliances need to be revisited. The mere forming of an alliance between the opposition parties (DP/NP, NP/IFP, DP/IFP or DP/NP/IFP) will not change the political landscape of the country. Such an alliance, whether it is a "loose alliance" (each party with its own structure and lists) or a more "formal alliance" [...]

April 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Political Realignment|Comments Off on UDM on opposition alliances

Kriel se uitlatings getuig van ongemak

statement by Co-leader of the UDM Die uitlatings van Hernus Kriel dat die Nasionale Party deur "kinders" verteenwoordig is gedurende die onderhandeling, is nie veel meer as ‘n bittere laaste salvo nie. Die feit is dat Hernus Kriel te alle tye deel van die onderhandelings was net soos alle ander kabinetslede. Hy het ‘n gesamentlike verantwoordlikheid gehad oor dit wat onderhandel is, nie net wat sy eie portefulje betref nie, maar ook wat betref die [...]

April 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Kriel se uitlatings getuig van ongemak

27 April 1994 – four years later and still no liberation

statement by the Co-leaders of the UDM In the run-up to the 1994 elections and shortly thereafter South Africa was in a state of euphoria. Everybody was expecting a political heaven. That also set the table for the years to follow. The main expectations were that the fate of the majority would improve. Politics suddenly had a new set of rules and it was expected of existing parties to be part of a new type [...]

April 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on 27 April 1994 – four years later and still no liberation

Sixty ANC members arrested and charged after intimidation of UDM members

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The ANC branch in Klipplaat, Eastern Cape, on 23 April 1998 actively intimidated UDM members and supporters. Under the leadership of Mr. Hans Human, the ANC informed UDM supporters that their houses would be taken from them since it was "provided" by the ANC. Residents were further told that only those who will vote for the ANC will have food in their houses. UDM supporters requested permission for a protest march [...]

April 24th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Sixty ANC members arrested and charged after intimidation of UDM members

First provincial congress for the UDM

statement by UDM Press Secretary Exactly four years after South Africa’s first free democratic elections South Africa’s youngest political party will hold its first provincial congress. The UDM North West will hold the first UDM Provincial Congress. Leadership for the province will be elected during the Congress. The constitution and policy of the UDM will form part of the agenda. The Co-Leaders of the UDM, Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer, will address the congress. Date: [...]

April 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on First provincial congress for the UDM

Agreement between Botha and the TRC welcomed

statement by Co-leader of the UDM The UDM throughout the process requested that it be made possible for Mr. Botha to appear before the TRC. Article 29 of the Truth and Reconciliation provides for hearings of the TRC to take place in camera. The UDM believes that Mr. Botha’s evidence before the TRC is important in order to get information as perceived by the previous government. All South Africans will benefit from this agreement and [...]

April 14th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Agreement between Botha and the TRC welcomed

UDM makes considerable progress with policy formulation

statement by the Interim National Management Committee The Interim National Management Committee of the UDM met on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 April 1998. A number of key issues were discussed during the two days. The Committee made considerable progress in the further development of UDM policy. The focus of the workshop was to take the UDM forward beyond the National Conference in June 1998. In this regard a strategic planning session was held, determining [...]

April 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM makes considerable progress with policy formulation

Membership terminated: two members

statement by the Interim National Management Committee At a scheduled INMC meeting of the UDM on 3 and 4 April 1998, a decision was taken to terminate the membership of Paulo Andrade and Joel Mafenya with immediate effect. The INMC found it necessary to take this step on the grounds that their conduct have been judged improper, unbecoming and have adversely effect the interest and reputation of the UDM. Andrade and Mafenya will have 10 [...]

April 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Membership terminated: two members

Paying for university education

statement by Media and Marketing Director (03 February 1998) The decision by the South African University Vice Chancellors’ Association that students owing money to a university, will be refused entry to the institution, and the subsequent confrontation at the University of the Western Cape, were both perhaps unavoidable actions. With a load of R500m of unpaid study accounts, our universities just cannot continue to function properly, also in the light of decreasing government subsidies. Students, [...]

February 3rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Paying for university education

South Africa’s competitiveness

statement by UDM President and Deputy-President The surprising rating of South Africa’s competitiveness as 7th among 23 African countries by the World Economic Forum should be a clear wake-up call if we want to develop a world-class country within ten years. The main reasons for our poor performance are essentially the pessimistic business perceptions of South Africa, with the high crime rate as the most bedeviling factor, and the low ratings regarding the training and productivity [...]

February 2nd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on South Africa’s competitiveness