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Blanket amnesty for top ANCs

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has now asked legal opinion on its decision to grant amnesty to Mr Thabo Mbeki and 36 other top ANC officials. Since granting amnesty, the Committee has not informed the nation for which human rights transgressions these amnesties were granted. As a matter of fact, the Committee has indicated that they need not do any explaining. This is of [...]

December 9th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Blanket amnesty for top ANCs

TRC hearing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The past two weeks’ hearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has revealed a number of things ‘that went horribly wrong’ during the time of Ms Madikizela-Mandela’s association with the so-called Mandela United Football Club. Details aside, our country now demands clear reaction from the ANC leadership if it is serious about the aim of the TRC, namely to get to the truth about [...]

December 5th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on TRC hearing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Medium-term budget policy statement by Minister Manuel

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The release of Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s medium-term budget policy statement has introduced a new, transparent direction for South African fiscal policy. For this he needs to be congratulated. Although all the news is not encouraging, especially the scaled-down forecast for growth of the GDP, the opening up of fiscal policy planning is a fresh approach that will prove to be of immense assistance to local and foreign [...]

December 3rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Medium-term budget policy statement by Minister Manuel

Concern about murders on farms

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The alarming regularity with which farming people are attacked and murdered has long since reached critical proportions. The possibility mooted by President Mandela last week that the atrocities may be committed by wild elements formerly belonging to MK, was a frank admission opening up a possibility of ending this rule of terror. The UDM, however, is concerned that nothing substantial has apparently since been done. We request government, [...]

December 3rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Concern about murders on farms

Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The UDM is extremely grateful for the agreement reached at Nedlac on the presidential jobs summit planned for the second quarter of 1998. We have taken note of the two phased approach towards the summit and the follow-up phase envisaged. Although proper planning is essential, it is a pity that this most desperate need of so many of our fellow South Africans took so long to receive the [...]

December 1st, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough

Zuma’s final straw

statement by Bantu Holomisa The finding by the Public Protector that Minister Zuma had made some misleading or exaggerated claims about the cost of medicines in South Africa in an apparent bid to justify her medicines bills, is a further infringement by a minister that is now really overstaying her welcome. With this, Minister Zuma has misled Parliament and the population at large. Under the circumstances, signing of the Bills by the President should be delayed until [...]

November 25th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Zuma’s final straw

Futile summit by opposition parties

statement issued by Roelf Meyer Over the recent past, the idea of closer co-operation between opposition parties in our country, has been mooted a couple of times. This idea has to be exposed for the futile exercise in hopelessness it essentially is now that the NP has announced plans to hold such a summit early next year. These ‘plans’ are essentially similar to proposals the DP has made earlier and can be interpreted either as [...]

November 24th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|Comments Off on Futile summit by opposition parties

Meyer and Holomisa hold rally in KwaMhlanga

statement by UDM Media Manager The quiet of the late Sunday morning in Kwaggafontein near KwaMhlanga (Mpumalanga) was shattered today by the beating of drums, rhythmic singing and ululating women when Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer visited the rural highveld area of Mpumalanga for a rally in the local stadium. 700 supporters from the area, many of the women in the colourful Ndebele traditional dress and men sporting UDM T-shirts, enthusiastically cheered the two UDM [...]

November 23rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Issues, Rural Development and Land Reform|Comments Off on Meyer and Holomisa hold rally in KwaMhlanga

Roelf Meyer visits PW Botha

statement by UDM Media Manager on behalf of Roelf Meyer This morning I visited Mr PW Botha at his home in Wilderness. It was a private visit that was already arranged two months ago to coincide with my visit to the Southern Cape and Mr Botha's availability. The visit had no connection with Mr Botha's present relations with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, although the issue did come up during our discussions. It needs to [...]

November 20th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Roelf Meyer visits PW Botha

Freedom Front leader joins UDM

statement by UDM Media Manager A regional leader of the Freedom Front, Mr Danie Theron, has resigned and joined the UDM of Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer. He was chairman of the Pretoria South East Region of the FF. His decision, he said, was based on the increasing racialisation of our politics and the fact that parliamentary opposition does not seem to be able to garner adequate support to be any threat to the ANC. [...]

November 16th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Freedom Front leader joins UDM

ANC’s disinformation campaign against the UDM

statement by UDM Media Manager  Gauteng MEC Ms Jessie Duarte has accused the UDM of being involved in violence on the East and West Rand and implicated the party with training paramilitary units. This is, of course, utter nonsense. The UDM is a democratic party. We reject violence in all forms as means to obtain political power. We have done so emphatically in the past. We have made it clear beyond any doubt that there [...]

November 5th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on ANC’s disinformation campaign against the UDM

ANC allegations against Holomisa

statement by Bantu Holomisa The ANC has now, as I predicted yesterday, accused the UDM and me of all sorts of anti-democratic activities in Gauteng, and specifically Phola Park. The UDM, and Holomisa, reject these accusations in the strongest possible terms for the utter nonsense they represent. The UDM is a political party, striving to establish and foster democracy, not to demolish it. The ANC knows this, and their present attempts at disinformation are as [...]

November 4th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on ANC allegations against Holomisa

UDM: New Party Structures

Statement  by UDM Interim National Management Committee of the UDM The Interim National Management Committee of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) met for the first time yesterday, after the launch of the party on 27 September 1997. At the meeting, a number of issues were discussed. Provinces reported back on progress made during the first month in business, the positive state of the membership drive and progress made in establishing branches of the UDM. This [...]

November 4th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM: New Party Structures

Student turmoil at Parliament

statement by Roelf Meyer The incident where students voiced their grievances from the parliamentary gallery, displayed a crudeness and an unacceptable lack of discipline that the UDM repudiates in the strongest terms. This is exactly the kind of counter-productive and repellent behaviour which actually does a disservice to the cause of the perpetrators. What is true, though, is that Government should heed the cultural needs and problems of communities in South Africa. This incident was [...]

October 28th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Student turmoil at Parliament

Unsuccessful coup d’etat in Zambia

statement issued by UDM Media Manager The UDM supports the Government wholeheartedly in its condemnation of the attempted coup d'etat in Zambia. In a democracy, there should be no other option of changing government, than through the ballot. The UDM will always assist towards establishing and supporting democracy as wide as possible, both nationally and internationally.

October 28th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Unsuccessful coup d’etat in Zambia

UDM Rally in Rustenburg

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer In Rustenburg this afternoon, Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer, joint leaders of the UDM, addressed 3 000 supporters at a rally organised by the North West provincial structures of the UDM. Amidst cheering and numerous vivas! from the crowd, Holomisa stressed the importance of the UDM’s economic policy in closing the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ by taking care of the huge national problem of unemployment. Regarding [...]

October 26th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM Rally in Rustenburg