|Condolences with the passing of Malizole Diko - statement by UDM President (28 July 2006)|
|The UDM is saddened by news that our former Secretary General and Deputy
President, Malizole Diko, has passed away. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues during this time of
Diko, as everyone called him, was a passionate politician who was one of the founding members of the UDM. For many years he played a pivotal role in the Western Cape Structures of the UDM. His contribution was such that he was later promoted to act as National Spokesperson, and later still he ascended to the position of National Secretary General of the party. Finally, he was elected as Deputy President of the UDM until he defected to form his own party.
Despite his later disputes with the party, the UDM and its members will fondly recall the many years that he contributed to the building of our party. Our hearts are saddened by his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
May his soul rest in peace.