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1998 Matric results Gauteng and North West

statement by Deputy-National Secretary The UDM congratulates successful 1998 Matric Candidates from Gauteng and the North West. Though it is encouraging that in both these provinces the pass rate improved, it is still not a satisfactory result. With more than 40% of candidates not passing, it is clear that major problems still exist. The North [...]

2014-08-28T17:27:34+02:00December 31st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on 1998 Matric results Gauteng and North West

1999 and beyond

statement by UDM President The year 1999 marks the end of one millennium and the beginning of another - it symbolises a new beginning for all South Africans. In 1999 South Africans will go to the polling stations for the first time since the liberation elections of 1994. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that [...]

2014-08-28T17:33:37+02:00December 31st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on 1999 and beyond

Christmas message

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer It is during the festive season that we reflect on the year that was and the year that lies ahead. South Africa in many ways has come a long way since our first democratic elections in 1994. In many other ways however very little progress was made. Democracy [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00December 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Christmas message

R5 million Transnet bash a disgrace

Statement by Bantu Holomisa Spending R5 million on the inaugural trip of the second Blue Train is ridiculous.  The need to market the existence of the Blue Train is not argued.  The sensibility of spending R5 million while TRANSNET is talking about retrenchments does not make any sense.  This spending is a clear signal that [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00December 15th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on R5 million Transnet bash a disgrace

Further deception regarding Lesotho uncovered

statement by UDM President Attached herewith is an agreement between the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho concerning the status of armed forces in the Kingdom of Lesotho. What is striking about the document is that the paragraph on Command and Control is completely silent on the military role of SADC. The [...]

2014-08-28T17:34:10+02:00December 10th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Further deception regarding Lesotho uncovered

Registration mess

statement by Deputy-National Secretary Despite promises by the IEC and the government that everything is in place for registration in the five provinces, the situation on the ground is a disaster. Thousands of South Africans may very well ask themselves whether today is the first of April. Phones at the UDM National Office and in [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00November 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Registration mess

Postponement of registration

statement by Deputy-National Secretary The announcement today that the registration for the elections will be postponed in four provinces, emphasises the inability of government to deal with issues pro actively and in time. This announcement should have been made at least a month ago when it was clear to any one who cared, that the [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00November 24th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Postponement of registration

South Africa’s soaring trade balance deficit

statement by Deputy-President South Africa’s worse than expected trade balance figures, which was announced yesterday, gives reason for grave concern. The cumulative deficit of R622,5 million for the first 10 months of 1998, compared to a cumulative; surplus of R3,8 million for the corresponding period; last year is frightening. There are furthermore indications that this [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00November 24th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on South Africa’s soaring trade balance deficit

Registration in shambles – elections under threat

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:34:36+02:00November 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Registration in shambles – elections under threat

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

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00November 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Resignation as Member of Parliament for the National Party and joining the UDM

Politics bankrupt IEC: democracy on knife edge

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:35:02+02:00November 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Politics bankrupt IEC: democracy on knife edge

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00October 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

Factually incorrect reporting in Beeld

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:35:15+02:00October 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Factually incorrect reporting in Beeld

Job Summit

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:23:59+02:00October 28th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Job Summit

“Amnestie en die WVK”

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, [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00October 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on “Amnestie en die WVK”

Stop ANC political intolerance

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00October 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Stop ANC political intolerance

UDM welcomes the new Pretoria Taxi Office

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:35:45+02:00October 22nd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM welcomes the new Pretoria Taxi Office

Roelf Meyer meets with Lesotho opposition leaders in Kroonstad

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:35:55+02:00October 22nd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Roelf Meyer meets with Lesotho opposition leaders in Kroonstad

Teba Cash transformed into a bank

 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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:37:08+02:00October 20th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Teba Cash transformed into a bank

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

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:27:26+02:00October 14th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Memorandum Editor of Business Day regarding article of 13 October 1998 about UDM leadership

Speech at the First Birthday Celebration of the United Democratic Movement

 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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00September 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Speech at the First Birthday Celebration of the United Democratic Movement

Four National Party Councillor defect – joins UDM

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:37:24+02:00September 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Four National Party Councillor defect – joins UDM

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

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:32+02:00August 31st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Come clean about South African involvement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

ID documents 1999 Elections: monitor Home Affairs

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:33+02:00August 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on ID documents 1999 Elections: monitor Home Affairs

Funding of political parties – explain control

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The notion that the money in the "Funding of Political Parties Act" may not be used for electioneering is a myth. There are no controls in place to assure that that will not happen. Already the monthly allowance of R4 489,00 per member is not used for that that it was [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:33+02:00August 27th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Funding of political parties – explain control

Mpumalanga Legislature’s call for funds borders on the ridiculous

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The call by the Mpumalanga Legislature to National Government for assistance in recovering the estimated R1.1 million embezzled by the ANC former deputy speaker in the legislature is not only absurd, but also ridiculous. As if it is not bad enough that corrupt ANC office bearers steal money which in the [...]

2014-08-28T17:37:55+02:00August 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Mpumalanga Legislature’s call for funds borders on the ridiculous

Senior ANC official resigns and joins the UDM

statement by National Spokesperson Mr. Mbulelo Lokwe, who was a National Organiser for the ANC since 1993 and who during the 1994 elections served under Steve Tshwete, resigned from the ANC and joined the United Democratic Movement. Mbulelo, who joined the ANC as a member in 1964 and was part of the underground movement before [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:33+02:00August 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Senior ANC official resigns and joins the UDM

Attack at Waterfront condemned

statement by UDM President The horrific bomb explosion at the Cape Town Waterfront is condemned in the strongest possible terms by the UDM. The UDM would like to express its condolences and deepest sympathy to the victims and families of victims of the explosion. The political chess game that we have witnessed between the ANC [...]

2014-08-28T17:38:11+02:00August 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Attack at Waterfront condemned

Elections 1999: democracy threatened by ANC fears

statement by UDM Deputy National Secretary The insistence of the ANC to only use the Green Bar-coded South African Identity Document for the purpose of the 1999 elections, is a sure sign of ANC efforts to manipulate the elections. The UDM finds it especially interesting that the ANC who in 1994 insisted that every breathing [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:33+02:00August 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Elections 1999: democracy threatened by ANC fears

UDM submission on the Electoral Bill Standing Committee of Home Affairs

statement by National Deputy-Secretary (19 August 1998) INTRODUCTION Following the insistence by the ANC that only Green Bar-coded SA Identity Documents (GBSAID) be used for the purpose of the 1999 elections, the UDM wishes to make the following submission: HSRC SURVEY AND REPORT The IEC and the Department of Home Affairs commissioned the HSRC to [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:33+02:00August 19th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM submission on the Electoral Bill Standing Committee of Home Affairs

Electoral Bill 1988

statement by UDM Deputy Secretary The United Democratic Movement has been asked to forward comments in writing with regard to the proposed amendments to the Electoral Bill in particular and we would like to comment on certain aspects with regard to party funding. The proposal in this regard does not do anything to address the [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:38+02:00August 19th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Electoral Bill 1988

Closure of Richmond police station

statement by National Secretary The UDM has learned with shock about the closure of the Richmond Police Station and the redeployment of the personnel of the station. The UDM finds it strange that these police officers were accused by the Minister of Safety and Security, Sidney Mufamadi, of involvement in the happenings in Richmond. When [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:38+02:00August 13th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Closure of Richmond police station

Party political funding in perspective

statement by UDM Deputy-President The reaction of the parties represented in parliament on the question of funding political parties outside of parliament must be seen in perspective. Currently parliamentary represented political parties are receiving funds from two state sources. They are receiving in all nine Provincial as well as in the National Legislature an amount [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:38+02:00August 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Party political funding in perspective

Tobacco Law: another example of the ANC’s inability to produce effective laws

statement by UDM President The intervention by President Nelson Mandela in an attempt to save the South African Formula One Grand Prix and an estimated R400 million in foreign investment is a clear indication of the ANC producing ineffective and unworkable laws. How can the ANC government consider the effective implementation of this law if [...]

2014-08-28T17:38:58+02:00August 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Tobacco Law: another example of the ANC’s inability to produce effective laws

UDM makes submission to Portfolio Committee on Party Funding

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:39:05+02:00August 3rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM makes submission to Portfolio Committee on Party Funding

Appointment of Super Attorney General

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:38+02:00July 17th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Appointment of Super Attorney General

Farm murders; appoint an independent judicial commission of inquiry

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:38+02:00July 17th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Farm murders; appoint an independent judicial commission of inquiry

Richmond: Nkabinde’s house attacked

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:38+02:00July 15th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Richmond: Nkabinde’s house attacked

Richmond: ANC withdraw from provincial talks

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:38+02:00July 14th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Richmond: ANC withdraw from provincial talks

Peace talks in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:39:57+02:00July 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Peace talks in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal

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

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:38+02:00July 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM’s only aim is to unite and build South Africa

Farm attacks: decisive action demanded

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 [...]

2014-08-28T17:40:11+02:00July 7th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Farm attacks: decisive action demanded