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ANC allegations against Holomisa

November 4th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|

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 [...]

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UDM: New Party Structures

November 4th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

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 [...]

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Student turmoil at Parliament

October 28th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

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 [...]

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Unsuccessful coup d’etat in Zambia

October 28th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

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.

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UDM Rally in Rustenburg

October 26th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

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 [...]

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The integrity of the new party

September 16th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by Roelf Meyer The new political party to be launched on 27 September will endeavour to designate the problem of civil order as one of the highest priority for South Africa. This would include making our society criminal-hostile to the greatest possible extent, rooting out corruption and fostering national moral regeneration. In order to achieve these goals, the protection of the integrity of the party and its membership needs to be a top priority. [...]

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Van Schalkwyk’s remarks re the NMP

September 9th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|

statement by NMP Media Manager (09 September 1997) At his media conference today, newly elected NP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk remarked that the NMP had issued a statement to the effect that the new party to be launched on September 27, will not reveal its name, policy or leader at the founding congress. This is, of course, patently untrue and Van Schalkwyk is either badly informed or malicious. We do plan to launch a new [...]

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UDM: Preparatory conference: 30 August 1997

August 31st, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

 statement issued by NMP Media Manager Representatives of the provincial co-ordinating structures and the national office of the New Movement Process met in Bloemfontein yesterday for a national preparatory conference to report back on the country-wide consultation process and to prepare for the launch of the new party on September 27, 1997. The conference marked the end of the three month long consultation process where ideas and inputs from thousands of South Africans were garnered [...]

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Retirement of Mr FW de Klerk

August 26th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by Roelf Meyer The announcement by Mr FW de Klerk came as quite a surprise. Together with the whole of South Africa, we want to thank him today for the courage and vision that he displayed in 1990, which have helped to lift our country out of the rut of the past and put it on the road towards democratisation. For that, our country will remember him for ever. After 1994, it became increasingly [...]

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NP legal action against Pretoria councillors

August 22nd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|

statement issued by NMP Media Manager The following observations can be made regarding court procedures started by the National Party against the 8 Pretoria councillors who have joined the New Movement Process: It is contravening the policy of the NP, namely that provision must be made in the Constitution allowing elected representatives to exercise their own free will regarding party loyalties. Mr De Klerk himself has, on a number of occasions, requested that the anti [...]

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Meetings with the UCDP

August 19th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by NMP Media Manager The Technical Committee of the New Movement Process, the National Consultative Forum and the United Christian Democratic Party has met for a few times and has now completed its assignment according to its mandate. The NMP and NCF have taken note of the fact that the UCDP is holding a congress to decide on its future. We are, however, still convinced that a fresh start has to be made in [...]

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Growth of the NMP

August 13th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by NMP Media Manager Over the past weeks, there has been a spate of elected officials of political parties voicing their support for the New Movement Process. For this we are extremely grateful and excited, because it is a sure indication that the political process we have embarked upon, speaks to the hearts and minds of fellow South Africans from all communities and political persuasions. We want, however, to emphasize that we have no [...]

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First local council with NMP majority: Graaff-Reinet

August 12th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by NMP Spokesperson Five councillors serving on the Graaff-Reinet Transitional Representative Council, pledged their support to the New Movement Process yesterday. In this council, 5 of the 6 members are now supporting the NMP, making the New Movement Process the majority grouping in the TRC. It is therefore the first local council in the country with a NMP majority. The councillors have previously been on the ticket of the Graaff-Reinet Alliance, which has won [...]

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NMP Consultative meeting in Rustenburg

August 11th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|

The New Movement Process (NMP) held a successful consultative meeting at the Rustenburg golf club on Saturday. 120 Delegates from all over the North West Province attended, including former members of the ANC, PAC, UCDP (United Christian Democratic Party), PPP (People’s Progressive Party) and NP. The delegates represented a true cross-section of the population. Mr Roelf Meyer addressed the conference about present and future initiatives of the NMP which will culminate in the establishment of [...]

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Media statement by 9 National Party members who joined New Movement Process

July 30th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

We nine members of the Pilanesberg region of the National Party have decided to resign from the NP and join the New Movement Process of Mr Roelf Meyer.; We believe in co-operative government as defined in our Constitution; we want to support a party that belongs in the new South Africa, a non-racial party inspired by our country’s new sense of nationhood, a party which is solution-orientated and not problem-orientated and a party with an [...]

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Reaction: NP’s determination to sue

July 28th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by Pretoria Councillors of the New Movement Process We have taken note of the National Party’s determination to take us to court on not resigning from the CCP since leaving the party. We are, however, pleased to note that proceedings will not start immediately, and that the opportunity still exist for resolving the issues in an amicable way. We believe in peaceful co-existence and dialogue, rather than confrontation and a situation where party politics [...]

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