UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

URGENT CALL FOR SUMMIT OF LEADERS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) takes note of the current tensions between the New National Party (NNP) and its alliance partner the Democratic Party (DP) and that morale within this marriage of convenience is at an all time low.

The UDM maintains that the Democratic Alliance's (DA) formation had been a desperate survival effort by the NNP and from the DP's side, the only way in which they could win in the Western Cape. Thus it was indeed a marriage of convenience and necessity, which had not been based on sustainable principles.

It has always been the UDM's view that if South Africa is to declare itself a true democratic country, political realignment should take place. By political realignment we definitely do not refer to a ganging up by opposition political parties, but a re-grouping of people around new concepts that have been thrown up by the momentous political changes that have taken place.

To this end, the UDM reiterates its call for a Summit of Leaders to send a message that we are serious about political realignment in South Africa

We call upon South Africans in all political formations, civil society, the business sector, academic etc. to take stock and concede that we should leave the baggage of the past behind and embrace the opportunity to carry our society forward and write a new chapter in our history.

Enquiries:
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
083-759-6637

Pretoria
11 October 2001