ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
the year draws to a close, we can afford to take some time to look back on the
past year. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) successfully fought its first
municipal elections just over a year ago, on 5 December 1999, and gained 230
councillors in many municipalities across the country.
During 2001, the United Democratic Students' Movement (UDESMO) had amongst its
achievements, managed to secure the SRC presidency at the University of Natal,
the strategic portfolio of treasurer at Fort Hare University, three seats at
Vista Mamelodi, three seats at the University of the North West and a seat at
Technikon Northern Gauteng.
On 8 and 9 December 2001, the UDM successfully hosted its Second National
Congress, where 2200 UDM member converged to discuss the future of the movement
and to elect the leadership who will lead them to the 2004 general election.
The UDM has started to lay the foundation for our campaign for the 2004
elections; we will now consolidate and work towards building a strong
alternative. We will actively engage the ruling party on all levels of
government, to fight for the bread and butter issues that concern all South
Africans. Together, armed with the new ideas of our policy review, we can win
the hearts and minds of all South Africans. We can offer a real alternative to
Most South Africans will make use of the December school holidays to take a
well-deserved break. The UDM implores all our citizens to be responsible road
users, to be patient and obey the law and to return home safely.
We wish all South Africans who celebrate Christmas a joyous occasion. We wish
all South Africans prosperous New Year.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
19 December 2001