1998 Archive

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Party political funding in perspective

statement by UDM Deputy-President The reaction of the parties represented in parliament on the question of funding political parties outside of parliament must be seen in perspective. Currently parliamentary represented political parties are receiving funds from two state sources. They are receiving in all nine Provincial as well as in the National Legislature an amount of R4 489-00 per month per member. This is over and above the normal salaries paid to members. Secondly, they [...]

August 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Party political funding in perspective

Tobacco Law: another example of the ANC’s inability to produce effective laws

statement by UDM President The intervention by President Nelson Mandela in an attempt to save the South African Formula One Grand Prix and an estimated R400 million in foreign investment is a clear indication of the ANC producing ineffective and unworkable laws. How can the ANC government consider the effective implementation of this law if only days after cabinet passed it, then the President needs to intervene? The UDM supports the enforcement of smoke free [...]

August 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Tobacco Law: another example of the ANC’s inability to produce effective laws

UDM makes submission to Portfolio Committee on Party Funding

statement by UDM President The UDM made a further written submission to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs regarding the Electoral Bill. In its first submission, the UDM commented on the Electoral Bill and in its latest submission it concentrates on the burning issue of funding of political parties. Senior Council J.C. Heunis and Advocate A.M. Breitenbach prepared the UDM's submission. (Submission to the Portfolio Committee is attached). The UDM, because of the "anti-defection" clause [...]

August 3rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM makes submission to Portfolio Committee on Party Funding

Appointment of Super Attorney General

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The UDM congratulates Bulelani Ngcuka with his appointment as national director of prosecutions. While The UDM believes that he does have the personal qualities for the position the UDM is however alarmed about the independence of the judicial system by what is yet another political appointment. An independent judicial system is a prerequisite for the embodiment of the South African constitution. The obligation of ensuring an independent office rests with Mr. [...]

July 17th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Appointment of Super Attorney General

Farm murders; appoint an independent judicial commission of inquiry

statement by Deputy-President The continuous and systematic murders of farmers have passed a point that it can simply be brushed aside or explained away. Four times more farmers are murdered than the rest of the population. Government must take every possible action in order to ensure that an immediate end is brought to the senseless killings on farmers and the subsequent destabilization of the agricultural work force and industry. As in the case of Richmond, [...]

July 17th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Farm murders; appoint an independent judicial commission of inquiry

Richmond: Nkabinde’s house attacked

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The house of Sifiso Nkabinde, National Secretary of the UDM and UDM KwaZulu-Natal Chairperson, was attacked last night. Nkabinde who was in the house at the time of the attack was not injured. At approximately 00:15 last night fire was opened on his house. Nkabinde fell to the floor and immediately telephoned the SAPS in Richmond. On the arrival of the patrol, Nkabinde switched on the light in his house, connected [...]

July 15th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Richmond: Nkabinde’s house attacked

Richmond: ANC withdraw from provincial talks

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The announcement by the ANC that it will not be attending the meeting called by KwaZulu-Natal safety and security MEC Nyanga Ngubane, between the UDM, IFP ANC, police and the army in Richmond raises serious questions and concerns. Through their absence, the ANC is communicating to the residents of Richmond that it is not interested in putting an end to the violence. It is obvious that personal vendettas against individuals weigh [...]

July 14th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Richmond: ANC withdraw from provincial talks

Peace talks in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal

statement by National Deputy-Secretary Following this statement is a letter by Sifiso Nkabinde, National Secretary and Chairman UDM, KZN to the Secretary General of the ANC, Kgalema Motlanthe. This letter is in reaction to remarks by Mr. Motlanthe as reported in the press. The UDM will continue to seek a solution in Richmond that will bring lasting peace in that area.

July 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Peace talks in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal

UDM’s only aim is to unite and build South Africa

statement by UDM Gauteng Chairperson and NMC Member Dumisani Makhaye's attack on the UDM and its leadership have no substance. In fact when one analyse it, it can only be described as a personal attack on the characters of its leaders. It is the sound of a man in fear, a man in panic, a man in doubt. A sound that the UDM is quickly getting used to. Since the launch of the UDM on [...]

July 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM’s only aim is to unite and build South Africa

Farm attacks: decisive action demanded

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The continuing of murderous attacks on farmers are condemned in the strongest possible terms. Every single murder in South Africa is one murder to many. Currently four times more farmers are murdered than the rest of the population. Government can no longer drag its feet in dealing with these murders. All stops must be pulled out in order to ensure the safety of the farmers, their families and their employees. The [...]

July 7th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Farm attacks: decisive action demanded

Political hotline: a first in South Africa

statement by National Deputy-Secretary In keeping with the UDM's spirit of being innovative in its approach, the UDM Information Hotline will be available as from Monday, 6 July 1998. The electorate can call the UDM Hotline to get more information on the UDM. Callers will also be invited to leave a message or give some input on issues. The Hotline will provide callers the opportunity to listen to the President, Bantu Holomisa, and Deputy President, [...]

July 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Political hotline: a first in South Africa

DP’s comment a farce

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The Democratic Party's reaction on the policy of the UDM is absurd. From the reaction of the Democratic Party, it was clear that they commented on something that they have not laid their eyes on yet. This was confirmed this morning when a call was received from the "Research Department" of the DP requesting the UDM to forward a copy of the UDM's policy to them. One would expect the DP [...]

June 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on DP’s comment a farce

UDM First National Congress, 27 June 1998

statement by Convenor of Credentials Committee (26 June 1998) The following nominations for the positions on the National Management Committee have been received from the structures of the UDM.National Leader - Mr. Bantubonke H Holomisa, PretoriaNational Deputy Leader - Mr. Roelof Petrus Meyer, PretoriaNational Chairperson - Mr. Esau Masilo Mabeta, UmtataNational Deputy Chairperson - Mr. Salamuddi Abram Mayet, Benoni; Rev. William Sello Molefe, Brits; Mr. Gabonewe William Motsatsi, Rustenburg; Adv. Jabulani Pantalea Mnguni, Pretoria; Mr. John Mulaudzi, Louis TrichardtMr. [...]

June 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM First National Congress, 27 June 1998

ANC attack on Nkabinde: UDM reaction

statement by UDM President The ANC's panic regarding the election of Sifiso Nkabinde is noted. The UDM will not allow the ANC to choose leaders for itself, nor are they the UDM's agents to gauge support for the us in KwaZulu Natal. One thing is clear: the ANC is still being haunted by the acquittal of Nkabinde. Nkabinde was subjected to scrutiny by the state and the judiciary of this country. He fared far better [...]

June 22nd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on ANC attack on Nkabinde: UDM reaction

Suspend all rationalisation in government until criteria is agreed upon

statement by UDM Co-leaders The UDM calls on all the relevant parties involved in the pending education crisis to, in the interest of education, work towards finding a solution. The frustration within the education community is understandable and well founded. Minister Bengu can not merely ignore what are realistic and profound concerns. Education forms the basis of the development of the human resource in South Africa. Attention must be given when professionals in that domain [...]

June 4th, 1998|1998 Archive, Basic Education|Comments Off on Suspend all rationalisation in government until criteria is agreed upon

Appointment of president for the Reserve Bank must be handled cautiously

statement by UDM Co-leaders The Government must announce as soon as possible a successor for Dr. Chris Stalls as President for the Reserve Bank. The announcement by Dr. Stalls that he will not be available again once his contract expires in July 1999 coupled with the change in government just before Stalls vacates his position might bring too much uncertainty to the financial markets. The UDM believes that government would act responsible if it sends [...]

May 21st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Appointment of president for the Reserve Bank must be handled cautiously