STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA as UDM PRESIDENT
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.
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.
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.
Mr Bantu Holomisa
Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary