statement by Co-leader of the UDM

The UDM throughout the process requested that it be made possible for Mr. Botha to appear before the TRC. Article 29 of the Truth and Reconciliation provides for hearings of the TRC to take place in camera. The UDM believes that Mr. Botha’s evidence before the TRC is important in order to get information as perceived by the previous government. All South Africans will benefit from this agreement and it can play an important part in the reconciliation process.

The evidence of Mr. Botha will add to the TRC’s ability to adequately complete its task. Mr. Botha’s evidence is vital in providing the full picture and should add to a balanced final report from the TRC. The UDM congratulates the parties involved in reaching this agreement.