Media statements: UDM

/Media statements: UDM

2014 – An opportunity for change

by Mr Bantu Holomisa This past year has shown evidence that our Nation is on a slippery slope to becoming a third class nation with its citizens relegated to poverty and struggle. 2013 was littered by far too many corruption scandals, miscarriages of justice and a government that seems hell bent on staying this course. We witnessed the shocking verdict in the Andries Tatane case; the fiasco with the deployment of South African soldiers in [...]

December 31st, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on 2014 – An opportunity for change

Human Rights Day

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the celebration of Human Rights Day at Marikana, North West on 21 March 2013 Programme Director, Deputy President, Secretary General, UDM National Executive Committee Members, UDM Public Representatives and members of the Party, People of the Bojanala Region Fellow South Africans Thank you to all of you who have come today to make this celebration possible. The structures of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the North West [...]

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Human Rights Day

Freedom Day

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP on Freedom Day in the Vhembe Distrtict in Limpopo on 27 April 2013 Programme Director, Deputy President of the UDM Secretary General of the UDM, UDM National Executive Committee Members, UDM Limpopo Provincial Leadership, UDM Public Representatives and members of the Party, People of Vhembe Region, Fellow South Africans; Thank you to all of you, who have come today, to make this celebration possible. The structures of the United Democratic Movement [...]

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Freedom Day

South Africa on the Slippery Slope

article by Bantu Holomisa published in the New Agenda During my career I have witnessed many governments come and go. As a former head of the Transkei Military Government, I have had an overview of what the Apartheid Government and the Bantustans had done, in comparison with what the current government is doing. The previous regime's policies and abuse of human rights is well documented; including some homelands. Although I was heading this discredited institution, [...]

September 27th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on South Africa on the Slippery Slope

Court case against UDM Pretoria Councillors

joint media statement by the UDM and the NP The National Party (NP) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) have jointly decided that the pending court case regarding the UDM members who have resigned from the NP whilst retaining their elected positions on the Pretoria City Council, not be proceeded with. It is a joint viewpoint that the situation in the country in the national interest requires from everybody to rather concentrate on the bigger [...]

December 10th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Court case against UDM Pretoria Councillors

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

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

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