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UDM input at the National Convention South African democracy at a crossroad: turning a new page

INTRODUCTION The debate about political realignment has long been in the minds of many people in this country. It has been discussed publicly and privately by writers, political parties, and other individuals. Also over the years we have seen developments such as the emergence of the DA, the dissolution of the NNP and its absorption into the ANC, as well as the formation of new political parties. All of these are signs of the impetus [...]

October 31st, 2008|2008 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM input at the National Convention South African democracy at a crossroad: turning a new page

Let’s Talk: Service delivery challenges

Perhaps it would be best to start this topic by reminding everyone that service delivery isn't simply something that Government does - it is a constitutional imperative. The Bill of Rights guarantees certain basic freedoms and services for every South African. The quality of our freedom, and indeed the legitimacy of the entire democratic project, depends upon the fulfilment of the legitimate expectations of South Africans to be delivered certain basic services as promised in [...]

October 28th, 2008|2008 Archive, Archives, Newsletters|Comments Off on Let’s Talk: Service delivery challenges

Let’s Talk: Politics of realignment – a possible breakaway party from the ANC

South Africans have long been calling for a realignment of the political landscape and the establishment of an alternative to the ANC; of late this topic has taken on new impetus with rumours of an eminent breakaway from the ruling party. The majority of the population have gradually come to realise the need for realignment, starting as early as 1998 when the first signs appeared that corruption and nepotism were becoming the order of the [...]

October 8th, 2008|2008 Archive, Archives, Newsletters, Political Realignment|Comments Off on Let’s Talk: Politics of realignment – a possible breakaway party from the ANC

National and Provincial Elections 2004

  PDF version of the UDM's 2004 Election Manifesto (447KB) Better Future Plan UDM Manifesto 2004 MESSAGE FROM BANTU HOLOMISA – FREEDOM FOR ALL Dear Fellow South African This year we celebrate ten years of freedom. We understand freedom as the ability of individuals and groups to make choices and pursue their aspirations freely. This includes choices such as where to live, what work to choose and where to engage in it, where and what [...]

April 26th, 2004|2004 Archive, 2004 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns|Comments Off on National and Provincial Elections 2004

COMRADES IN CORRUPTION II

Arms Deal Joint Investigation Report - UDM’S reaction Who is fooling whom? “The troughs have changed however the pigs have remained the same” Many public statements on the Arms Deal saga assert that Parliament approved the Defence Review and thereby approved the decision to purchase military equipment. ANC ministers and –politicians have made this assertion frequently during the Arms Deal investigation. However, it is fundamentally and demonstrably inaccurate. The inaccuracy has no bearing whatsoever on [...]

December 3rd, 2001|2001 Archive, Archives, Discussion Documents, Issues|Comments Off on COMRADES IN CORRUPTION II

Contribution: UN Conference on Racism – Is South Africa winning the battle?

INTRODUCTION The United Democratic Movement (UDM), while recognising the global character of racism, will nevertheless confine itself to dealing with the scourge here on the home turf. Racism still permeates the entire social fabric of South Africa. Its origins are in the nature and course of our history. The encroachment of a relatively advanced technology in the hands of racially and culturally different people on a people with an inferior technology and of a different [...]

August 8th, 2001|2001 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Contribution: UN Conference on Racism – Is South Africa winning the battle?

UDM Manifesto Launch Election 1999 “The future hope for all South Africans”

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in Johannesburg, Gauteng It is most appropriate that the release today of our manifesto coincides with the weekend of our National Youth Conference, because we are charting a future, which will be led by the youth. Our objectives therefore address the needs of the future which belongs to them. We are grateful to our youth movement for inviting us to share ideas with them and keep us relevant to [...]

March 22nd, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on UDM Manifesto Launch Election 1999 “The future hope for all South Africans”

Indictment of Allan Boesak

Statement by Bantu Holomisa UDM President There are few things more distressing in this world than witnessing a hero’s fall into disgrace, particularly when that fall is brought about by the hero himself. Many South African’s are suffering from a harsh sense of disillusionment today. After all, Allan Boesak was a world-renowned clergyman and a champion of human rights who showed tremendous courage in our struggle against apartheid. When a man who fought such a [...]

March 19th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Indictment of Allan Boesak

Murder of UDM members in the Western Cape

Statement by the National Deputy Secretary The UDM is deeply disturbed by the killing of three of its members in the Western Cape, during the past 24 hours. The President of the UDM together with all UDM leaders and members of the party would like to express its deepest sympathy to the families of the deceased, the wounded and the community. The political intolerance that is demonstrated through these kind of brutal actions is unacceptable [...]

March 9th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Murder of UDM members in the Western Cape

UDM’s response to election announcement

Statement by Bantu Holomisa UDM President The UDM welcomes the announcement of the election date. It gives certainty, allows for proper planning, and gives parties time to inform the electorate about their policies. We hope the elections will be free and fair and that tolerance will be practiced, in the run up to the elections, on Election Day and after the results have been made public. The UDM calls on the IEC to stick to [...]

March 3rd, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM’s response to election announcement

Independent commission of inquiry: KwaZulu-Natal

Statement by Bantu Holomisa UDM President The announcement by Minister for Safety and Security that he is requesting Minister of Justice, Dullah Omar to appoint an Independent judicial Commission of Inquiry into the violence in KZN is welcomed by the UDM. Since July 1998, the UDM has been calling for an Independent Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the root causes of the violence in KZN. The life of the late Secretary General of the UDM, [...]

March 3rd, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Independent commission of inquiry: KwaZulu-Natal

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