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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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Acquittal of Nkabinde

April 30th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by the Co-leaders of the UDM The acquittal of Sifiso Nkabinde by the court is a personal victory for him and for the independence of the judicial system in South Africa. Right from the beginning, the UDM stated that law must take its course in this case. The political interference in this case was a major concern and threat to the independence of the judicial system in South Africa. The UDM would like to [...]

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Racial polarisation and political intolerance at an all time high

April 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The racial polarisation and political intolerance demonstrated during the past few weeks are of grave concern to the UDM. Not only was it demonstrated in the irresponsible remarks of Peter Mokaba but also in the Vryburg incident, the death of baby Angelina and the racial emotions surrounding murders. It seems no longer important that a life has been taken, but rather what race that victim came from. Racial polarisation is the [...]

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Appointment of Nyanda welcomed

April 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement issued by the Co-leaders of the UDM The UDM congratulates Lt. Gen. Nyanda with his appointment as chief of the South African National Defense Force. The UDM believes that his appointment will enhance the completion of the transformation process in the SANDF. We call on Lt. Gen. Nyanda to build a united military core, able to fulfill its changed role and ready to serve the people of South Africa.  

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UDM North West elects their leadership at first congress

April 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The first democratically elected provincial chairperson of the UDM issued a serious challenge to the ANC in the Province. Mr. Leonard Brown, UDM chairperson in the North West Province during his acceptance speech said that the people of the North West have had enough of the mismanagement and incompetence of the ANC led government. The UDM in preparation for the 1999 elections in this province will aim at launching at least [...]

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UDM on opposition alliances

April 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Political Realignment|

statement by Co-leaders of the UDM With possible alliance pacts between the opposition parties strongly back on the political agenda, certain basic principles regarding alliances need to be revisited. The mere forming of an alliance between the opposition parties (DP/NP, NP/IFP, DP/IFP or DP/NP/IFP) will not change the political landscape of the country. Such an alliance, whether it is a "loose alliance" (each party with its own structure and lists) or a more "formal alliance" [...]

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