UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

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UDM NATIONAL INDABA HELD IN BENONI ON 20 – 22 APRIL 2001

STATEMENT ISSUED BY B HOLOMISA, MP
PRESIDENT: UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

The UDM held a strategic Planning Workshop on the 20 – 22 April 2001 in Benoni. The objective of the workshop was to strategise on building and marketing the party nationally as part of the organization’s Ten Year Plan.

The party is now in a position to redirect resources after two election campaigns in order to achieve these objectives. The workshop made a critical evaluation of the national government’s performance after the general elections. It concluded that no meaningful transformation had taken place because the majority of people of all races, and predominantly black, are economically marginalized. The gap between the rich and the poor is widening.

We also observed that the ruling party is still carried by the momentum of the struggle day’s heroism and a successful transfer of political power as a result of which it enjoys broad national support.

However this euphoria is beginning to fade against the back-drop of non-delivery and revelations of corruption at the highest level.

The workshop resolved that UDM members must carry the party’s vision and mission to all levels of our civil society. It noted the growing disillusionment with political parties and voter apathy nationally resulting from non-delivery and the deterioration of the people’s material and social conditions.

The workshop expresses its concern at the cancerous moral decline in a government, which squanders huge resources on Arms of War and a presidential jet at the expense of job creation, social delivery and poverty alleviation. These are some of the factors, which lead to decline in investor confidence.  The workshop identified the party’s strengths and weaknesses and adopted corrective strategies and measures to maximise its strengths in the building and marketing of the party. These will entail development of policies around the founding documents. Throughout this process these policies will be discussed by all our structures as a build up to our National Congress in December 2001 where  ± 3000 delegates in attendance will discuss and adopt an agreed version of the policies.

The workshop has noted the recent defections from the party’s ranks and views these in the context of ANC’s declared strategy, published in their magazine “Umrabulo”, endeavouring to dismantle opposition parties in order to have a one party state. Appropriate steps have been taken to deal with this external threat. The ANC stops at nothing to disorganise opposition parties include naked physical intimidation, and abuse state resources to bribe and poach politicians by offering them cabinet posts, ambassadorial positions and parliamentary seats.

The participants of the workshop, representing all structures and levels of the UDM, have been forged into an even closer-knit and stronger team, focussed anew on the above-mentioned goals.

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Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

JOHANNESBURG
22 APRIL 2001