ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
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.
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
11 October 2001