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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

Government must first get its own house in order

statement by Co-leader of the UDM The call by Thabo Mbeki for financial aid from the world community can only be considered legitimate and serious when South Africa gets its own house in order. The announcement that the low-cost housing projects will loose its momentum due to an insufficient national housing budget is a serious charge against the ANC led government’s ability to address national priorities. Not only will government fail in targets it setout [...]

May 20th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Government must first get its own house in order

Rugby must be the winner

statement UDM Co-leader The involvement of government structures and specifically of Member of Parliament, Muleleki George, in the SARFU/NSC battle for the soul of rugby, clearly indicates a political involvement. Following the court decision there can be no doubt that SARFU is occupying the moral high ground. This can and must however not be seen as the last word spoken in solving the problems of rugby. The UDM believes that the only dignified option remaining [...]

May 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Rugby must be the winner

Acquittal of Nkabinde

statement by the Co-leaders of the UDM The acquittal of Sifiso Nkabinde by the court is a personal victory for him and for the independence of the judicial system in South Africa. Right from the beginning, the UDM stated that law must take its course in this case. The political interference in this case was a major concern and threat to the independence of the judicial system in South Africa. The UDM would like to [...]

April 30th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Acquittal of Nkabinde

Racial polarisation and political intolerance at an all time high

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The racial polarisation and political intolerance demonstrated during the past few weeks are of grave concern to the UDM. Not only was it demonstrated in the irresponsible remarks of Peter Mokaba but also in the Vryburg incident, the death of baby Angelina and the racial emotions surrounding murders. It seems no longer important that a life has been taken, but rather what race that victim came from. Racial polarisation is the [...]

April 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Racial polarisation and political intolerance at an all time high

Appointment of Nyanda welcomed

statement issued by the Co-leaders of the UDM The UDM congratulates Lt. Gen. Nyanda with his appointment as chief of the South African National Defense Force. The UDM believes that his appointment will enhance the completion of the transformation process in the SANDF. We call on Lt. Gen. Nyanda to build a united military core, able to fulfill its changed role and ready to serve the people of South Africa.  

April 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Appointment of Nyanda welcomed

UDM North West elects their leadership at first congress

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The first democratically elected provincial chairperson of the UDM issued a serious challenge to the ANC in the Province. Mr. Leonard Brown, UDM chairperson in the North West Province during his acceptance speech said that the people of the North West have had enough of the mismanagement and incompetence of the ANC led government. The UDM in preparation for the 1999 elections in this province will aim at launching at least [...]

April 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM North West elects their leadership at first congress

UDM on opposition alliances

statement by Co-leaders of the UDM With possible alliance pacts between the opposition parties strongly back on the political agenda, certain basic principles regarding alliances need to be revisited. The mere forming of an alliance between the opposition parties (DP/NP, NP/IFP, DP/IFP or DP/NP/IFP) will not change the political landscape of the country. Such an alliance, whether it is a "loose alliance" (each party with its own structure and lists) or a more "formal alliance" [...]

April 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Political Realignment|Comments Off on UDM on opposition alliances

Kriel se uitlatings getuig van ongemak

statement by Co-leader of the UDM Die uitlatings van Hernus Kriel dat die Nasionale Party deur "kinders" verteenwoordig is gedurende die onderhandeling, is nie veel meer as ‘n bittere laaste salvo nie. Die feit is dat Hernus Kriel te alle tye deel van die onderhandelings was net soos alle ander kabinetslede. Hy het ‘n gesamentlike verantwoordlikheid gehad oor dit wat onderhandel is, nie net wat sy eie portefulje betref nie, maar ook wat betref die [...]

April 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Kriel se uitlatings getuig van ongemak

27 April 1994 – four years later and still no liberation

statement by the Co-leaders of the UDM In the run-up to the 1994 elections and shortly thereafter South Africa was in a state of euphoria. Everybody was expecting a political heaven. That also set the table for the years to follow. The main expectations were that the fate of the majority would improve. Politics suddenly had a new set of rules and it was expected of existing parties to be part of a new type [...]

April 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on 27 April 1994 – four years later and still no liberation

Sixty ANC members arrested and charged after intimidation of UDM members

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The ANC branch in Klipplaat, Eastern Cape, on 23 April 1998 actively intimidated UDM members and supporters. Under the leadership of Mr. Hans Human, the ANC informed UDM supporters that their houses would be taken from them since it was "provided" by the ANC. Residents were further told that only those who will vote for the ANC will have food in their houses. UDM supporters requested permission for a protest march [...]

April 24th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Sixty ANC members arrested and charged after intimidation of UDM members

First provincial congress for the UDM

statement by UDM Press Secretary Exactly four years after South Africa’s first free democratic elections South Africa’s youngest political party will hold its first provincial congress. The UDM North West will hold the first UDM Provincial Congress. Leadership for the province will be elected during the Congress. The constitution and policy of the UDM will form part of the agenda. The Co-Leaders of the UDM, Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer, will address the congress. Date: [...]

April 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on First provincial congress for the UDM

Agreement between Botha and the TRC welcomed

statement by Co-leader of the UDM The UDM throughout the process requested that it be made possible for Mr. Botha to appear before the TRC. Article 29 of the Truth and Reconciliation provides for hearings of the TRC to take place in camera. The UDM believes that Mr. Botha’s evidence before the TRC is important in order to get information as perceived by the previous government. All South Africans will benefit from this agreement and [...]

April 14th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Agreement between Botha and the TRC welcomed