UDM launches 2009 election campaign and innovates with UDMConnect statement by the UDM President (8 October 2008)
At a media briefing in Johannesburg today UDM President Bantu Holomisa kicked off the party’s 2009 election campaign around five key themes: Socio-economic development, crime, education, corruption and electoral reform.
Describing his party’s approach to each, he stressed the current government’s failures to serve and protect its citizens and its inability to demonstrate accountability. He emphasised that the UDM would launch a comprehensive election manifesto once the poll date has been announced.
“The ANC has forgotten who it serves – the voters,” he said.
Holomisa said that over the past decade the ANC has refused to hear what South Africans say and lately show nothing but arrogance in their unilateral decision-making and self-preservation, no matter which ‘faction’ it is at the helm. He cited the following concerns:
• The ANC doesn’t hear when people say the opportunity to work and have an income remains their single most important concern. The UDM shares the view of John F. Kennedy, who believed: ‘A rising tide floats all boats’. Government’s obsession with wealth creation for the few has neglected the many with its narrow focus and economic policies that generated jobless growth.
“The UDM is a political home for all South Africans,” averred Holomisa. “Our leadership is committed to decency and integrity and respect for our democratic institutions.”
South African ‘customers’ will now be able to
• become a member of the UDM, without the drudgery of filling in forms, or appearing in person at branches;
After membership dues are paid, SMSs will cost R2.
We have reached a point in our political maturity where it is clear the best interests of the South African voters can only be served by checks on power.
As a viable alternative the UDM can give voice to the frustration and disappointment at poor delivery and out-of-touch politicians in government, holding them accountable.