2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


POLITICAL REALIGNMENT

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The UDM stays committed to the effort of realigning the political landscape in South Africa. It has always been the UDM's view that if South Africa is to declare itself a true democratic country, political realignment should take place.

The UDM is however not in favour of a clubbing together of political parties on racial lines as this undermines the entire objective of political realignment. The regrouping of parties along racial lines will further polarise the voters and is not good for either reconciliation (which this country so badly needs) or building of an alternative government.

The UDM believes that for a party to be an alternative government it must get support from the majority of the citizens of this country.

The question of local government co-operation amongst opposition parties will be finalised at the UDM's national council which will take place on the 1st and 2nd July 2000 in Bloemfontein. It is clearly mentioned in the UDM's discussion document entitled "A critical analysis of the party and state of the nation" by the UDM President, Bantu Holomisa (available on the UDM Website). "The UDM will not fight these elections on alliances. We will contest under the banner of the UDM". This is clear that the UDM will not contest under the banner of any political party should the document be adopted by National Council.

The UDM will continue having discussions with other political role players and parties on realignment.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Spokesperson

Cape Town
13 June 2000