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Elections 1999: democracy threatened by ANC fears

statement by UDM Deputy National Secretary The insistence of the ANC to only use the Green Bar-coded South African Identity Document for the purpose of the 1999 elections, is a sure sign of ANC efforts to manipulate the elections. The UDM finds it especially interesting that the ANC who in 1994 insisted that every breathing person in South Africa should have the opportunity to vote, now thinks nothing of alienating at least 20% of the [...]

August 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Elections 1999: democracy threatened by ANC fears

UDM submission on the Electoral Bill Standing Committee of Home Affairs

statement by National Deputy-Secretary (19 August 1998) INTRODUCTION Following the insistence by the ANC that only Green Bar-coded SA Identity Documents (GBSAID) be used for the purpose of the 1999 elections, the UDM wishes to make the following submission: HSRC SURVEY AND REPORT The IEC and the Department of Home Affairs commissioned the HSRC to conduct a study into the extent to which eligible voters are in possession of SA ID documents. From this study, [...]

August 19th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM submission on the Electoral Bill Standing Committee of Home Affairs

Electoral Bill 1988

statement by UDM Deputy Secretary The United Democratic Movement has been asked to forward comments in writing with regard to the proposed amendments to the Electoral Bill in particular and we would like to comment on certain aspects with regard to party funding. The proposal in this regard does not do anything to address the fundamental inequality that is created by act 103 of 1996, the Funding of Political Parties Represented in Parliament Act. (state [...]

August 19th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Electoral Bill 1988

Closure of Richmond police station

statement by National Secretary The UDM has learned with shock about the closure of the Richmond Police Station and the redeployment of the personnel of the station. The UDM finds it strange that these police officers were accused by the Minister of Safety and Security, Sidney Mufamadi, of involvement in the happenings in Richmond. When these police officers then call for evidence to these allegations, they are being redeployed. They are now redeployed and expected [...]

August 13th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Closure of Richmond police station

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