2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


ARREST OF UDM LEADER IN KWAZULU NATAL

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The arrest of the UDM Deputy Chairperson in KwaZulu Natal, Mr Sipho Qoma,  has come as no surprise to the UDM; as the UDM leadership was informed when it visited KwaMagoda over the weekend, that persons who were arrested were > forced to implicate one of the UDM leadership in that province. The UDM was also informed that these persons were taken to the lawyers of the implicated leader, Sipho Qoma, where they made a confession to this effect.

It is evident in the timing of the arrest, that this scheme to kill, harass, intimidate, demonise and vilify the UDM leadership still continues unabatedly. The UDM leadership is used to this kind of humiliation, especially in KwaZulu Natal, as we experienced with the late National  Secretary of the UDM, Sifiso Nkabinde.

The UDM deems this kind of action as reminiscent of the dirty tactics of the apartheid regime. The UDM has respect for the law of this Country, and will allow it to take its course, even in this case, as we did with Sifiso Nkabinde, without interference.

We have noted with concern the selective justice, where ANC leaders have been implicated in a number of murders of the UDM leaders, but none of them had ever stood trial. It seems that the government learnt well from the old regime when it comes to political expression and purging.

We would like to inform the current government of the ANC that the UDM is here to stay.

Statement issued by:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Spokesperson

Cape Town
01 November 2000