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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

Resignation as Member of Parliament for the National Party and joining the UDM

statement by Reverend Macfarlan Pheneti, Member of Parliament, MP Today I resigned from the National Party to join the United Democratic Movement. I joined the UDM, the only party that brings South Africans irrespective of race, gender, or religious believes together in one political home. I was elected to the National Parliament in 1994 to represent the National Party. I was convinced at the time that the National Party was sincere in its efforts to [...]

November 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Resignation as Member of Parliament for the National Party and joining the UDM

Politics bankrupt IEC: democracy on knife edge

statement by Deputy-President The South African voter public may well become the victim and democracy the corps that will be buried as a result of the ANC and opposition parties unwillingness to provide sufficient funding to the IEC. The UDM has warned from the outset that the amount made available to the IEC to conduct the elections, is not enough. This affects the smooth running of the elections as well as the independence of the [...]

November 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Politics bankrupt IEC: democracy on knife edge

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer When President Nelson Mandela today received the TRC report, he received on behalf of every single South African the epilogue on the saddest chapter in our history. The United Democratic Movement will study the report in dept, but our first impressions are that it is a balanced report that can, and which we believe is intended to, if handled in a responsible manner, contribute to reconciliation. The wounds [...]

October 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

Factually incorrect reporting in Beeld

statement by Roelf Meyer, UDM Deputy-President The main article in this morning's Beeld: "Skok oor moorde vir Magnus, Vlok", in which it is stated that I have received a notice from the TRC, regarding my former position as Deputy Minister of Law and Order, about a certain incident in May 1996, is a flagrant factual mistake. I received no letter or notice at any stage from the TRC about any matter as was reported. The [...]

October 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Factually incorrect reporting in Beeld

Job Summit

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the fact that the Job Summit is taking place at last. However, the need for such a summit emphasises the failure of government policies towards job creation. The reasons for these failures are both structural and consequential. On the structural side it must be noted that: The SA manufacturing industry runs only at 80% of its potential The monthly motor sales are [...]

October 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Job Summit

“Amnestie en die WVK”

statement by Deputy-President Roelf Meyer Na aanleiding van die artikel deur Jacko Maree, en opvolg kommentaar in die Burger, val dit vreemd op dat hy as NP LP sy eie party se derms oor die amnestie aangeleentheid so uitryg. Ek stem nie met al sy stellings saam nie, maar vind dit tog onverklaarbaar dat hy, as NP LP, wat mede verantwoordlikheid moet dra, die skuld oor die verloop van die gebeure op die NP fokus. [...]

October 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on “Amnestie en die WVK”