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WE ARE NOT MERE SPECTATORS

It is quite some time that we have not posted the views of leadership.

There is much that has happened in between.

The UCDP has, like other opposition parties, resolved to stand up and speak out loudly against what the ruling party wrongly. Issues such as domination in all spheres of life, the complete disregard of the spirit of the constitution and the disregard for dissenting views have come to characterise the ANC of late and that is what the opposition as the conscience of the nation is standing up against.

To this end the Constitutional Court has come out in support of the views we have always held. Our opposition to the appointment of Menzi Simelane as National Director of Prosecutions has always been a bone of contention. It was clear that he was appointed to fortify the interests of some group.

The opposition courtesy of the Democratic Alliance followed the case up to the ConCourt as the Minister Jeff Radebe had appealed against the finding of the Supreme Court f Appeal to the effect that Simelaneís appointment was unfortunate. At the end of it the appointment was, as expected, declared invalid.

The same court again ruled in favour of the tabling of private memberís proposed legislation much against what the ANC has been doing. The ANC, because of their majority in all committees, have always voted against such proposals. The ConCourt stood up to truth and ordered that each Member of Parliament has a right to table a legislative proposal in parliament. If it is voted against, it is another thing but it would have been debated and the public would know what was intended.

Opposition parties, except for two, have been road educating the public about the ills in the Publication of Information Bill commonly known as the Secrecy Bill because it seeks to have many issues classified as no good for public consumption.

Opposition parties maintain that the public has to know more as against during the days of apartheid when the state was held in a vice grip like administration.

The UCDP continues to be embroiled in strife. The former party leader, the octogenarian Kgosi Lucas Mangope tends to believe that a democratic institution has to be run traditionally.

While the current democratically elected leadership appreciates that the High Court ruled in his favour regarding his expulsion from the party and ordered that his membership be reinstated, Mangope tends to distort the verdict to mean that he has to return as leader. The fact is that while expelled an elective congress, which he interdicted in the High Court was held, but he lost the case, a matter that legitimises the current elected leadership.

Like in all cases where there is a difference of opinion, Mangope has surrogates who try to destabilise the party by trying to stage a benign coup.

For the record the matter will be pursued to the highest courts of the land as political positions are not a birth right but are achieved at the will of the people.

The UCDP will emerge as a united party that espouses Christian values of love, respect, service, tolerance and consultation wrought democratically. Gone are the days of a one man show.


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