Monthly Archives: February 1999

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Statement by Sipo Mzimela upon expulsion from the IFP

As you already know, yesterday I was expelled from the IFP and all its organs with immediate effect. My expulsion was prompted by my insistence that party matters must be handled in free and open discussion. The IFP culture is one of blindly following whatever Chief Gatsha Buthelezi says. The so-called disciplinary hearing lasted approximately 30 minutes. My accusers were not the normal disciplinary committee. They were a specially assembled panel of seven Buthelezi henchmen [...]

February 25th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Statement by Sipo Mzimela upon expulsion from the IFP

NIA involvement in PAGAD

Statement by Bantu Holomisa UDM President The revelations of the involvement of a NIA agent in PAGAD is shocking and alarming. It requires immediate explanation and independent investigation. The sudden rush by government to come up with laws against urban terrorism becomes under these circumstances very suspicious. From this incident, it appears as if NIA as a security arm of government is actually sponsors of incidents of urban terrorism. The question that needs answering, if [...]

February 25th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on NIA involvement in PAGAD

University of Durban Westville – demonstrations on campus

Statement by UDM KwaZulu-Natal Acting Chairperson It is the democratic right of students to demonstrate peacefully, they must not disrupt classes or fellow students who want to attend lectures. For students to demonstrate, they must have a strong reason. If they have failed their exams, and if they have not paid their fees, there is no place for so called “students” at higher tertiary institutions. They are wasting tax payer’s money. We encourage students to [...]

February 25th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on University of Durban Westville – demonstrations on campus

Evidence regarding the assassination of Sifiso Nkabinde

Statement by the National Deputy Secretary Following speculations of arrests and evidence received regarding the assassination of Sifiso Nkabinde, the UDM would like to put forward the following information. A man came to the UDM offices in Pietersburg claiming that he was involved in the assassination of Sifiso Nkabinde. A Videotape of his evidence as well as a sworn affidavit was taken down from the individual. In his evidence, he also said that attacks were [...]

February 17th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Evidence regarding the assassination of Sifiso Nkabinde

Budget 1999/2000

Statement by Bantu Holomisa UDM President There are no surprises in the Budget presented to Parliament today. It is however a positive sign that the Minister has not deviated from the economic policy embodied in GEAR, which will promote economic confidence in South Africa. Regarding economic growth projections, we are moving in the right direction, but at too slow a pace. The projected economic growth rate of 1,8% for 1999 is simply not high enough [...]

February 17th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Budget 1999/2000

Holomisa’s response to Mufamandi’s “safer SA” claim

Statement by Bantu Holomisa UDM President In a statement today, Sydney Mufamadi, the Minister of Safety and Security, made the claim that the crime situation in South Africa is “improving”. “We are convinced that the initiatives which we have taken… will correct the initial asymmetry which allowed criminals to go about their enterprise with impunity,” said Mufamadi. I am bewildered by this statement. This “initial asymmetry” must be some sort of bureaucratise for “no government [...]

February 10th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Holomisa’s response to Mufamandi’s “safer SA” claim

Human Science Resource Council poll; shows UDM is gaining momentum

Statement by Roelf Meyer UDM Deputy-President The Human Science Research Council, a respected South African research firm, announced a poll showing that if the elections for Parliament were held today, 9% of South Africans would cast their ballot for the United Democratic Movement. UDM President, Bantu Holomisa said, "That's marvelous." Roelf Meyer, UDM Deputy-President, echoed those sentiments, "9%, wonderful." Holomisa and Meyer said, "We are very pleased with these results. It has been only 15 [...]

February 8th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Human Science Resource Council poll; shows UDM is gaining momentum

UDM visit to Germany

Statement by Roelf Meyer UDM Deputy-President A UDM delegation, led by President Bantu Holomisa, has departed for Germany this morning, on a visit arranged by the Konrad-Adenhauer- Foundation. This includes visits to Potsdam, Berlin, Bonn, and Wiesbaden. The delegation will hold meetings with representatives of national and provincial governments and will also observe a provincial election. Mr. Holomisa is accompanied by the acting National Secretary Annelizé van Wyk, National Deputy Chairperson Salaam Abram-Mayet, and National [...]

February 1st, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM visit to Germany