2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


SAMORA MACHEL UDM BRANCH LEADER GUNNED DOWN

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The UDM condemns the cold-blooded murder of its branch chairman of Samora Machel in no uncertain terms. The UDM outranged by this inhuman act. Although the motive is not clear at this moment, the murder seems to be well orchestrated. The fact that this is the second chairman in the same branch to be murdered before an election (Matiyase was murdered before 1999 general elections) makes us suspicious.

The UDM calls on the Inter-Political Conflict Unit to investigate and bring the perpetrators to book before this kind of action escalates. This kind of action cannot be tolerated any longer. We will seek for an urgent meeting with the Police Provincial Commissioner so as to address our concerns.

We call on UDM members to remain calm, as they have always been. This matter is receiving our urgent and serious attention, as we cannot afford what happened before the 1999 general elections. The name of this person will be made known during the course of the day after the relatives have been notified.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Spokesperson

Cape Town
08 June 2000