STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
United Democratic Movement (UDM) looks forward to the New Year and we share the
hopes and dreams of all South Africans and the UDM commits itself to actively
work towards reaching the goals of our nation.
We challenge the ruling party to show their so-called commitment to clean
governance. What will President Mbeki promise in his speech this year? What
victories will he claim for his government? What failures will he acknowledge?
Will he admit that instead of jobs, skills development, education, health care
and basic safety and security, the Government managed to fantastically justify
the purchase of very expensive submarines and fighter aircraft?
Will President Mbeki stubbornly maintain his strange stance on HIV/Aids - which
he has successfully imposed the ministers of Health and Finance and the entire
ANC National Executive Committee? Whilst this mulish attitude achieves nothing,
our people are dying.
Although the UDM is encouraged that more of our matriculants passed their
examinations this year, we still worry at their prospects of gaining employment.
The UDM maintains that the dignity and self-esteem that our nation so
desperately needs, comes with a proper job - to have the means to feed one's
children and to provide them with an education and a future.
During the past few months, the South African political landscape has been
thrown into turmoil, but this very turmoil has given us the opportunity to work
toward true political realignment. We call upon South Africans in all political
formations, civil society, the business sector, academics 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.
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
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 a prosperous New Year.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
29 December 2001