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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

Elections under threat

Statement by the National Deputy Secretary The repeated statement by the IEC chairperson, Judge Kriegler that the IEC does not have enough funding to conduct the elections properly, is a matter of grave concern. In order to be independent and effective in ensuring free and fair elections the IEC needs to be properly funded. The UDM has stated before that by not providing the IEC with the necessary funding the vital independence role of the [...]

January 13th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Elections under threat

UDM sceptical about new school year

Statement by the National Deputy Secretary At the beginning of the education year, the UDM is concerned about the administration and running of the Department of Education in support of Education as a whole. Five years since the ANC took over government and still there are not enough books and stationery for schools. Despite promises by President Mandela personally that pupils will be able to begin this year without the necessary textbooks. The UDM believes [...]

January 12th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM sceptical about new school year

Mufamadi on safety and security

Statement by Bantu Holomisa Minister of Safety and Security, Sydney Mufamadi’s statement that “…they had finally come to grips with combating crime” based on a small number of arrests of high profile cases, clearly illustrates the naivety with witch the ANC government approaches the issue of crime. By admission of Commissioner Maharaj (at the same conference), little improvement was made in the fight against priority crimes. The arrest of suspects in crimes that received national media coverage [...]

January 10th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Mufamadi on safety and security

Youth registration

Statement by the UDM National Deputy Secretary The United Democratic Movement supports the joint effort of the IEC and the National Youth Commission to embark on a programme to get the youth to register and participate in the upcoming elections. The UDM fully utilised the opportunity to participate in this process. The UDM is concerned with the National Youth Commissions apparent lack of understanding of the extent of the looming crisis. The UDM will seek [...]

January 6th, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Youth registration

1998 Matric results Gauteng and North West

statement by Deputy-National Secretary The UDM congratulates successful 1998 Matric Candidates from Gauteng and the North West. Though it is encouraging that in both these provinces the pass rate improved, it is still not a satisfactory result. With more than 40% of candidates not passing, it is clear that major problems still exist. The North West particularly was plagued with a lack of handbooks and other problems in the Department of Education. Education is the [...]

December 31st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on 1998 Matric results Gauteng and North West

1999 and beyond

statement by UDM President The year 1999 marks the end of one millennium and the beginning of another - it symbolises a new beginning for all South Africans. In 1999 South Africans will go to the polling stations for the first time since the liberation elections of 1994. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that elections ‘99 will mark a clear break with our Country’s past. For the first time South Africans will go to [...]

December 31st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on 1999 and beyond

Christmas message

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer It is during the festive season that we reflect on the year that was and the year that lies ahead. South Africa in many ways has come a long way since our first democratic elections in 1994. In many other ways however very little progress was made. Democracy brought change to all of our lives. For the most part it brought us all human dignity, that in itself [...]

December 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Christmas message

R5 million Transnet bash a disgrace

Statement by Bantu Holomisa Spending R5 million on the inaugural trip of the second Blue Train is ridiculous.  The need to market the existence of the Blue Train is not argued.  The sensibility of spending R5 million while TRANSNET is talking about retrenchments does not make any sense.  This spending is a clear signal that government’s priorities and the urgent needs of the country and her people differ.  The government can not on the one [...]

December 15th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on R5 million Transnet bash a disgrace

Further deception regarding Lesotho uncovered

statement by UDM President Attached herewith is an agreement between the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho concerning the status of armed forces in the Kingdom of Lesotho. What is striking about the document is that the paragraph on Command and Control is completely silent on the military role of SADC. The ANC government lied to the public when they said that our troops (SANDF) in Lesotho were under the command of [...]

December 10th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Further deception regarding Lesotho uncovered

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