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Registration in shambles – elections under threat

November 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Deputy-National Secretary With 72 hours left to put in place the organisational machinery for registration, the situation can only be described as chaotic. Not only are there serious questions about the impartiality of using state officials to run the registration, but it is also obvious that there are not enough officials willing to do the job. Training for these yet “non existing” officials must still take place. When will this happen and how [...]

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Resignation as Member of Parliament for the National Party and joining the UDM

November 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Reverend Macfarlan Pheneti, Member of Parliament, MP Today I resigned from the National Party to join the United Democratic Movement. I joined the UDM, the only party that brings South Africans irrespective of race, gender, or religious believes together in one political home. I was elected to the National Parliament in 1994 to represent the National Party. I was convinced at the time that the National Party was sincere in its efforts to [...]

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Politics bankrupt IEC: democracy on knife edge

November 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Deputy-President The South African voter public may well become the victim and democracy the corps that will be buried as a result of the ANC and opposition parties unwillingness to provide sufficient funding to the IEC. The UDM has warned from the outset that the amount made available to the IEC to conduct the elections, is not enough. This affects the smooth running of the elections as well as the independence of the [...]

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

October 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer When President Nelson Mandela today received the TRC report, he received on behalf of every single South African the epilogue on the saddest chapter in our history. The United Democratic Movement will study the report in dept, but our first impressions are that it is a balanced report that can, and which we believe is intended to, if handled in a responsible manner, contribute to reconciliation. The wounds [...]

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Factually incorrect reporting in Beeld

October 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Roelf Meyer, UDM Deputy-President The main article in this morning's Beeld: "Skok oor moorde vir Magnus, Vlok", in which it is stated that I have received a notice from the TRC, regarding my former position as Deputy Minister of Law and Order, about a certain incident in May 1996, is a flagrant factual mistake. I received no letter or notice at any stage from the TRC about any matter as was reported. The [...]

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Job Summit

October 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the fact that the Job Summit is taking place at last. However, the need for such a summit emphasises the failure of government policies towards job creation. The reasons for these failures are both structural and consequential. On the structural side it must be noted that: The SA manufacturing industry runs only at 80% of its potential The monthly motor sales are [...]

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“Amnestie en die WVK”

October 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Deputy-President Roelf Meyer Na aanleiding van die artikel deur Jacko Maree, en opvolg kommentaar in die Burger, val dit vreemd op dat hy as NP LP sy eie party se derms oor die amnestie aangeleentheid so uitryg. Ek stem nie met al sy stellings saam nie, maar vind dit tog onverklaarbaar dat hy, as NP LP, wat mede verantwoordlikheid moet dra, die skuld oor die verloop van die gebeure op die NP fokus. [...]

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Stop ANC political intolerance

October 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Deputy-National Secretary In the interest of democracy, the removal of UDM posters in Imbali, KwaZulu Natal by ANC structures can not be tolerated. The UDM sees this incident in a very serious light and as a real threat towards free political activity in the run-up to the 1999 elections. Political intolerance by the ANC leadership, their structures and followers is experienced throughout the country. For an ANC leader to indicate that posters would [...]

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UDM welcomes the new Pretoria Taxi Office

October 22nd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

Statement by National Organiser The United Democratic Movement has declared clearly in its vision statement that we plan to make South Africa a winning nation in Ten Years. It is in that spirit that we wholeheartedly wish to welcome and congradulate the Pretoria Taxi Forums and associations for the launching of the Greater Pretora Metropolitan taxi Office For too long has the Taxi industry suffered under poor regulatory systems which led to unnecessary bloodshed and [...]

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Roelf Meyer meets with Lesotho opposition leaders in Kroonstad

October 22nd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Deputy-President I today had a follow-up meeting with leaders of the opposition parties of Lesotho. The meeting took place in Kroonstad and was attended by Mr. Vincent Malebo, the chairman of the opposition parties, Mr. Pseliso Makhakhe and Ms. Malelo Morrison. I represented the UDM and Mbulelo Lokwe assisted me. The opposition parties discussed with us the further development in Lesotho from which it is clear that great uncertainty exist about the transitional [...]

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Teba Cash transformed into a bank

October 20th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

 statement by UDM President The United Democratic Movement supports the transformation of Teba Cash into a commercial bank. The UDM is, however, concerned that the control is vested in only one union, the NUM. Other unions whose members have also contributed to Teba must be recognized and have equal representation in the trust that is going to run Teba Bank. The UDM would urge the Chamber of Mines to tread carefully and not to favour [...]

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Memorandum Editor of Business Day regarding article of 13 October 1998 about UDM leadership

October 14th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

by Bantu Holomisa - UDM President Mr. John Stuart’s (ANC member) suggestion in Business Day of 13 October 1998 that the leadership of the United Democratic Movement was involved and had prior knowledge of the cold blooded murder of four youths in Umtata by the South African security forces is false and disgusting. We reject it with the contempt it deserves. Such an outrageous accusation can only be made by someone who deliberately chooses to [...]

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Speech at the First Birthday Celebration of the United Democratic Movement

September 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

 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 [...]

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Four National Party Councillor defect – joins UDM

September 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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

August 31st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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ID documents 1999 Elections: monitor Home Affairs

August 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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