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UDM makes submission to Portfolio Committee on Party Funding

August 3rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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Appointment of Super Attorney General

July 17th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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. [...]

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Farm murders; appoint an independent judicial commission of inquiry

July 17th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Deputy-President The continuous and systematic murders of farmers have passed a point that it can simply be brushed aside or explained away. Four times more farmers are murdered than the rest of the population. Government must take every possible action in order to ensure that an immediate end is brought to the senseless killings on farmers and the subsequent destabilization of the agricultural work force and industry. As in the case of Richmond, [...]

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Richmond: Nkabinde’s house attacked

July 15th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The house of Sifiso Nkabinde, National Secretary of the UDM and UDM KwaZulu-Natal Chairperson, was attacked last night. Nkabinde who was in the house at the time of the attack was not injured. At approximately 00:15 last night fire was opened on his house. Nkabinde fell to the floor and immediately telephoned the SAPS in Richmond. On the arrival of the patrol, Nkabinde switched on the light in his house, connected [...]

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Richmond: ANC withdraw from provincial talks

July 14th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The announcement by the ANC that it will not be attending the meeting called by KwaZulu-Natal safety and security MEC Nyanga Ngubane, between the UDM, IFP ANC, police and the army in Richmond raises serious questions and concerns. Through their absence, the ANC is communicating to the residents of Richmond that it is not interested in putting an end to the violence. It is obvious that personal vendettas against individuals weigh [...]

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Peace talks in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal

July 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by National Deputy-Secretary Following this statement is a letter by Sifiso Nkabinde, National Secretary and Chairman UDM, KZN to the Secretary General of the ANC, Kgalema Motlanthe. This letter is in reaction to remarks by Mr. Motlanthe as reported in the press. The UDM will continue to seek a solution in Richmond that will bring lasting peace in that area.

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UDM’s only aim is to unite and build South Africa

July 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by UDM Gauteng Chairperson and NMC Member Dumisani Makhaye's attack on the UDM and its leadership have no substance. In fact when one analyse it, it can only be described as a personal attack on the characters of its leaders. It is the sound of a man in fear, a man in panic, a man in doubt. A sound that the UDM is quickly getting used to. Since the launch of the UDM on [...]

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Farm attacks: decisive action demanded

July 7th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The continuing of murderous attacks on farmers are condemned in the strongest possible terms. Every single murder in South Africa is one murder to many. Currently four times more farmers are murdered than the rest of the population. Government can no longer drag its feet in dealing with these murders. All stops must be pulled out in order to ensure the safety of the farmers, their families and their employees. The [...]

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Political hotline: a first in South Africa

July 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by National Deputy-Secretary In keeping with the UDM's spirit of being innovative in its approach, the UDM Information Hotline will be available as from Monday, 6 July 1998. The electorate can call the UDM Hotline to get more information on the UDM. Callers will also be invited to leave a message or give some input on issues. The Hotline will provide callers the opportunity to listen to the President, Bantu Holomisa, and Deputy President, [...]

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DP’s comment a farce

June 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The Democratic Party's reaction on the policy of the UDM is absurd. From the reaction of the Democratic Party, it was clear that they commented on something that they have not laid their eyes on yet. This was confirmed this morning when a call was received from the "Research Department" of the DP requesting the UDM to forward a copy of the UDM's policy to them. One would expect the DP [...]

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UDM First National Congress, 27 June 1998

June 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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. [...]

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ANC attack on Nkabinde: UDM reaction

June 22nd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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Suspend all rationalisation in government until criteria is agreed upon

June 4th, 1998|1998 Archive, Basic Education|

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 [...]

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Appointment of president for the Reserve Bank must be handled cautiously

May 21st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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Government must first get its own house in order

May 20th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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Rugby must be the winner

May 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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