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 party on 27 September, a political home for South Africans who want to work together to create a winning country for all its people, and a party with a name, clear vision and mission, core values and a policy framework. All this are results of the inputs to our consultation processes country-wide. And will be revealed at the launch of our new party.