2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


MURDER OF SIFISO NKABINDE

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The conviction of ANC Councillor, Joel Mkhize for the murder of the late Sifiso Nkabinde former Secretary General of the United Democratic Movement, as well as the trial of other ANC members for the same crime, confirms what we have always stated that the ANC is committed to political violence against political contenders as a matter of policy.

The leadership of that party should now be hanging their heads in shame after the then President Mandela previously dismissed the murders as the work of third force elements, while Steve Tshwete shifted the blame to Taxi violence.

The haste with which they attributed the murder to other parties even before investigations had been conducted strongly suggests that they must have had prior knowledge of the murder plot.

The ruling party have been entrusted with the protection of human rights as custodians of the constitution which is the embodiment of the principle of rule of law. Yet they are the first to divert attention from investigations by making untested accusations of others as perpetrators of murders when in fact their members are the culprits. They stuct the capitals of the continent posing as peacemakers, while nearer home they murder and maim political opponents.

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON WITH WALUS!!!

It is ANC members who are currently facing murder charges for several political assassinations in the Western Cape during the 1999 general elections. Another UDM Stalwart Victor Sam is the latest victim of this tide of political violence which erupts whenever there are pending elections.

The ANC has always been the common denominator in all political violence, which erupts whenever its position and influence is threatened. This has been the case with the PAC in Western Cape and Uitenhage, the IFP in KwaZulu Natal and now the UDM in all areas, where the ANCís grip is threatened.

The vitriol and ire with which the robust opposition of the Democratic Alliance is attacked reveals a growing impatience and irritability among the ruling party with criticism by the opposition.

It is now becoming apparent that the exile and underground mindset still haunts the ruling party and therefore they cannot be trusted to nurture and protect democracy.

We are all familiar with the human rights abuses in ANC Camps in exile where the party branded as spies all those who deviated from the narrow path of compliance with the official line or earned the displeasure of party bosses.

The final matric examinations represent a major beacon in the development of our children and also the future of South Africa.

The UDM wishes all learners, especially the matrics, luck in their exams.  We also express the hope that irregularities will be restricted to a  minimum, or prevented entirely.


Statement issued by:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

Pretoria        
18 October 2000