leaders of the UDM and the FA have, over the past weeks, discussed the way
forward particularly on the question of realigning the political landscape in
parties are committed towards advancing the best interests of the country in
regard to the establishment of multi-party democracy and finding solutions for
the country’s burning issues, such as job creation, crime prevention and
social upliftment. Both parties are convinced that the economic and social
transformation of South Africa urgently requires priority attention to sustain
the political transformation.
was resolved to establish a working relationship at parliamentary level. This
will entail a common approach towards parliamentary matters. Joint caucus
meetings will be held, when necessary.
is both parties’ view that it is far more important to seek common ground on
matters of national interest and to advance positions and solutions on a joint
basis. The approach will contribute to the realignment and the restructuring of
the political landscape. It is therefore also the intention of the two parties
to proceed with talks with political parties, politicians and non-political
groupings in order to give momentum to the realignment of politics in South
co-operation does not affect the independence of the two parties in terms of
policy and organisation at national or provincial level. The parties are of the
considered opinion that the mere ganging up of opposition parties will not serve
the best interests of the country and will not contribute to realign the
politics of South Africa.
12 August 1999