UDM's National Council meets to discuss the future of the Party - statement by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (15 August 2009)

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) today held its National Council in Pretoria, where 120 delegates from across the Country attended this important meeting.

The Council made analysis of the Party’s performance in the 2009 National and Provincial Elections, discussed the current political climate and charted the way forward for the Party. It was agreed that the 2009 National Elections in South Africa did not only disappoint the members of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), but also the Nation as a whole.

The meeting adopted and endorsed a discussion document tabled by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (which is available at www.udm.org.za) which discussed issues around Election 2009 and the Party’s performance therein, the State of the Nation, the road to 2011, 2014 elections, as well as the current debate on political re-alignment. Amongst the most important resolutions taken, the Party will:

  1. Embark on a concerted effort to build the Party based on an endorsed Ascendancy Profile and stay focussed for the 2011 and 2014 Elections.
  2. Establish a committee of ten people to represent UDM interests in the debate around political re-alignment.
  3. Appoint spokespersons for various ‘desks’, what in other parties are called a “shadow cabinet” to liaise with party structures and other stakeholders e.g. the media.

The UDM National Council acknowledged that there were many challenges facing the Party, but that it will forge ahead and diligently work towards shaping a better, brighter future for the Party, this Country and all the people of this beautiful Nation.