2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


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UNITY IN DIVERSITY

MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY ANNELIZé VAN WYK, MP,
ACTING SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UDM

The UDM welcomes the new South African Coat of Arms unveiled in Bloemfontein today. The symbolism that it embodies and the motto of unity in diversity are admirable. It signifies goals and attributes that all South Africans can aspire to, and as such represent a valuable step towards nation building.

This new emblem symbolises fertility and growth; respect for authority, moderation and strength; the beauty of our country and her people. It represents the hopes and dreams of the all South Africans as well as what is expected of Government.

The Freedom Day celebrations in Mpumalanga were unfortunately turned into a road show for the ANC, we must express concern at the way this event of national importance has been used as an ANC propaganda opportunity. Abusing an event [Freedom Day] that belongs to all South Africans makes of mockery of the ideals embodied in our new coat of arms, that celebrates our common heritage.

Furthermore, the SABC willingly played along by attempting to pass off the crowd's disinterest as excitement. Proof, once more, that his master's choice is his master's voice.

Enquiry:
Annelizé van Wyk
Acting Secretary General, UDM

Pretoria
27 April 2000