STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA as UDM President
During election visits to tradition
authorities in the Northern Province by UDM
Leaders, it was brought to their attention that the ANC Provincial Government is
undermining the authority of the traditional leaders by ignoring the
The legitimate complaint is the fact that the constitutional right of
traditional authorities to serve in municipal councils is not implemented.
On December 15, 1995, Mr Roelf Meyer as
Minister of Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs co-signed a
Proclamation of President Mandela in terms of which traditional authorities must
be identified by the Premier to enable such authorities to serve on municipal
councils to protect the interest of their communities.
Representations to the UDM from
traditional authorities in the Northern Province reveals that this Proclamation
has not been implemented and that only in Louis Trichardt and Potgietersrus has
traditional authorities been given representation in the municipal councils.
The UDM is disturbed by the fact that
while the ANC pretends to support and uphold the authority of traditional
leaders, it in fact undermines that authority.
On behalf of the traditional leaders of the Northern Province, the UDM
demands from the Premier to immediately take steps to abide by the Constitution
and to implement the Mandela / Meyer Proclamation before the election on June 2,
Should the ANC Provincial Government not implement the Proclamation, the UDM
will consider appropriate legal steps to safeguard the constitutional rights of
traditional leaders in the Northern Province.
Rev Kingsley Masemola
UDM Northern Province Provincial Chairperson