Keynote Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and President of the United Democratic Movement at the UDM National General Council 28 April 2023 at Gallager Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng

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• UDM National Office Bearers
• Provincial Leaders
• Public Representatives
• UDM members from across the country

1. Welcome

We welcome you to this National General Council of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and thank you for the commitment you have made to the Party in being here and contributing to our efforts for today.

Aside from our goals of talking about the state of the nation and that of the UDM, our main mission is to talk about the 2024 National and Provincial Elections, our National Congress in the same years and our preparedness for what lies ahead.

The climate is conducive for us to grow the party, given the frustrations which are in the open from the public point of view. There are acres and acres of space, because the public is yearning for political parties that can bring solutions to the problems of the country.

You will recall that our National Congress had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no further excuse as we are campaigning for elections, we are working toward a National Congress in tandem with that.

In our discussion document we have made reference to the fact that National Office Bearer-vacancies exist due to a number of deaths. We are looking forward to your input and filling those positions in the interim pending the National Congress in 2024.

One of the criticisms that has been levelled against the UDM by our supporters is that the UDM is not visible enough, when we fill these vacancies, we must look at the people who would hit the ground running and not just people who accept positions and not work.

It is an open secret that the party has been in a decline since it has been establish