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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON GAY RIGHTS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA as UDM PRESIDENT

Yesterday morning while listening to Tim Modise’s interview with Peter Bruce, I was stunned and dismayed to hear the comments made by an angry female caller.  The question that she directed to Mr. Bruce asked, in effect, how he can endorse a party that is openly opposed to gay rights.

The record must be set straight immediately.  The first of the core values set forth in the UDM election manifesto is “respect for the life, dignity and human worth of every individual.”  The UDM has always and will always support the constitutional right of every individual to equality before the law and protection from unfair discrimination.  This, of course, includes discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.  It should also be noted that the UDM is the only party participating in the ’99 elections whose manifesto even addresses the issue of gay rights.

The founding premise of the UDM is partnership among South Africans.  We are of the belief that our diversity is a strength and not a weakness.  We are different from other political parties because we practice and promote South Africanism across all historically divided barriers, creating a new political home for South Africans.  We are not another opposition party. We are the alternative government.

Enquiry: 
Mr Bantu Holomisa
UDM President

or

Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary

11 May 1999

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