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Speech at the First Birthday Celebration of the United Democratic Movement

 by Bantu Holomisa - UDM President At the launch of the UDM on the 27 September 1998, the leadership was mandated to set up organisational structures that would spread the political mission of our new movement. The thousands of people gathered here today, from all nine provinces of SA are a living testimony to our success in carrying out that mandate. It is humbling to know that people were not just bussed in here to [...]

September 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Speech at the First Birthday Celebration of the United Democratic Movement

Four National Party Councillor defect – joins UDM

statement by National Deputy-Secretary Four councillors defected from the National Party and joined the United Democratic Movement. The four councillors represented the National Party in the North Central Sub structure in Durban. The four councillors said that they are joining the UDM because they believe it to be the only party that can take the ANC on in the 1999 elections. The UDM provides a political home to all South Africans irrespective of race or [...]

September 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Four National Party Councillor defect – joins UDM

Come clean about South African involvement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

statement by UDM President The ANC government's approach in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo leaves much to be desired. The ANC government cannot be considered a credible mediator for peace in the Congo while many questions remain unanswered about South Africa's involvement in the sales of arms to the war torn Rwanda. If SA is to be considered to be a trustworthy mediator and broker for peace it should not be [...]

August 31st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Come clean about South African involvement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

ID documents 1999 Elections: monitor Home Affairs

statement by National Deputy Secretary The UDM strongly objects to the decision to insist in only using the Green Bar-coded South African Identity Document (GBSAID) for the 1999 elections. The difference in the statistics in the HSRC report (commissioned by the IEC and the department of Home Affairs) and the data from the Department itself is so far removed from one another that one can not help but be skeptical about the whole issue. No [...]

August 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on ID documents 1999 Elections: monitor Home Affairs

Funding of political parties – explain control

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The notion that the money in the "Funding of Political Parties Act" may not be used for electioneering is a myth. There are no controls in place to assure that that will not happen. Already the monthly allowance of R4 489,00 per member is not used for that that it was intended. Political parties are not opening constituency offices with that money but rather use it to cover their running costs [...]

August 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Funding of political parties – explain control

Mpumalanga Legislature’s call for funds borders on the ridiculous

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The call by the Mpumalanga Legislature to National Government for assistance in recovering the estimated R1.1 million embezzled by the ANC former deputy speaker in the legislature is not only absurd, but also ridiculous. As if it is not bad enough that corrupt ANC office bearers steal money which in the end is taxpayers money, now the ANC expects of the taxpayer to refund them for their own people's corruption! Surely, [...]

August 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Mpumalanga Legislature’s call for funds borders on the ridiculous

Senior ANC official resigns and joins the UDM

statement by National Spokesperson Mr. Mbulelo Lokwe, who was a National Organiser for the ANC since 1993 and who during the 1994 elections served under Steve Tshwete, resigned from the ANC and joined the United Democratic Movement. Mbulelo, who joined the ANC as a member in 1964 and was part of the underground movement before he became a National Organiser in 1993 under Steve Tshwete. During his period as serving as official in Shell House, [...]

August 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Senior ANC official resigns and joins the UDM

Attack at Waterfront condemned

statement by UDM President The horrific bomb explosion at the Cape Town Waterfront is condemned in the strongest possible terms by the UDM. The UDM would like to express its condolences and deepest sympathy to the victims and families of victims of the explosion. The political chess game that we have witnessed between the ANC and the NP after the explosion can not be tolerated and is an insult to those affected by the bombing. [...]

August 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Attack at Waterfront condemned

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