ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
ON BEHALF OF UDM
NATIONAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
close evaluation of the local government election results clearly indicates that
the UDM broke some new ground. Nationally the UDM have a total of
227 councillors elected and are represented in 64 Councils. These councils
are divided as follows amongst the Provinces: 24 in the Eastern Cape, 5 in the
Free State, 7 in Gauteng, 1 in KwaZulu Natal, 6 in Mpumalanga, 12 in the
Northern Province, 5 in the North West and 4 in the Western Cape.
A lack of financial resources still remains the biggest obstacle to the growth
potential of the UDM. Though the UDM participated in all nine provinces,
we were not in a position to put up candidates in all of the wards. This
in many instances disenfranchised UDM supporters to vote for a UDM candidate in
a specific ward - they simply did not have the choice to vote for the UDM.
Obviously this reflects negatively on the support for the UDM on a National
basis, nonetheless the UDM retains the position of fourth biggest party
In the Eastern Cape it is clear that the UDM remains the only party able to take
away support from the ANC. There are many municipal councils where if the
UDM did not participate it would have been a simple walkover for the ANC.
Newly elected UDM councillors will spend their terms or office to further spread
the UDM message of partnership. They will work towards the improvement of
delivery of services and making a lasting difference to the lives of the poorest
of the poor. The UDM believes that the added platform will serve the
growth of the UDM well towards the 2004 elections.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
15 December 2000