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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

YEAR-END 2001

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

As 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 the ANC.

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.

Enquiries:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President
082-5524156

Pretoria
19 December 2001

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