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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

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