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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

DP CHAIRMAN RESIGNS – JOINS THE UDM

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK as ACTING NATIONAL SECRETARY

Mr. Patrick Shole, Chairperson of the DP in Klerksdorp this morning resigned from the DP and joined the UDM. Mr. Shole indicated that the DP in the past months have acquired defectors from other political parties whose ideologies raises serious questions about the direction that the DP has decided to take. Mr. Shole further stated that the DP does not offer a political home to black South Africans.

He chooses the UDM as his new political home because he believes that the UDM brings together all South Africans, irrespective of race. Together with many others Mr. Shole wish to enter the new millennium without the baggage of the past, but rather focused on the future and the building of South Africa as a world class nation.

Patrick Shole is an experienced politician who worked actively for the DP during the 1994 elections. He was a member of the executive of the DP for many years and served as acting leader of the Federal Congress of the DP in Cape Town.

Mr. Shole will assist the UDM in its campaign toward the countdown for the 1999 elections.

Enquiries: 
Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary

or

Mr Patrick Shole

24 March 1999

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