1999 and beyond - statement by UDM President (31 December 1998)
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 elections 99 will mark a clear break with our Country’s past.

For the first time South Africans will go to the poles and in bringing out their vote they will no longer be guided by our history, but much rather by their dreams and vision for the future. South Africans will liberate themselves from voting along racial divides for racially based parties, their own origination in our Country’s past.

Bafana Bafana when it is on its own on a soccer field can put up a good exhibition of soccer skills, but they can only begin to play a match when they have proper opponents on the field: Opponents that can match and challenge their own skills. The players currently on the political playing field are no match for the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC does not respect them and does not take note of them, in the process becoming arrogant in its power.

After the 1999 elections this will change. The UDM will enter the political playing field as a major player, one that can match and challenge the ANC. The UDM is the only real alternative to the ANC and will play in the interest of all South Africans.

May the year 1999 be the beginning of a great future for you and your family! A year in which we jointly will fight crime and concur, where South Africa will experience sustainable economic growth, a strong basis from which to fight and overcome poverty.

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