2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


UDM LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESULTS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
ON BEHALF OF UDM
NATIONAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

A 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 nationally.

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.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP

Cape Town
15 December 2000