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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

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