South Africa

United Democratic Movement

Published 12th May, 2014

The United Democratic Movement or UDM was founded on 27th September 1997 by a former National Party leader, Roelf Meyer and Bantu Holomisa, a former Transkei homeland leader, who came from the ANC. The party describes itself as Centre-left and believes in Social democracy.

The party won 14 seats in 1999 but dropped back to nine seats in 2004 and four seats in 2009. Although the party benefitted from the 2008 split in the ANC over Thabo Mbeki’s leadership and gained a large number of former ANC members, it hadn’t been able to turn that into electoral success.

In the 2014 general election the party retained its four seats.

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