Blog

Blog/

Danny Jordaan: rape accused

2017-10-20T17:28:46+00:00 October 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Social development and welfare, Sport and Recreation, Women's Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with shock, the rape allegations levelled against Mr Danny Jordaan. Since Ms Jennifer Ferguson’s allegations have become public, the South African Football Association (SAFA) boss has not uttered a word… to us it seems that, if there is smoke, there is fire? For someone in Jordaan’s position to even have a whiff of women abuse associated with him, is an [...]

#NMBCoalition – DA admitted mistakes were made, Bantu Holomisa writes to DA Leader Mmusi Maimane

2017-10-18T17:08:11+00:00 October 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Coalition Government, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Local Government, Open Letters, Political Realignment|

Dear Mr Maimane NELSON MANDELA BAY COALITION: MISTAKES WERE MADE REGARDING THE MANNER IN WHICH THE SPEAKER OF COUNCIL CONDUCTED THE NMBMM COUNCIL MEETING OF 24 AUGUST 2017 1. I refer to matter of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM) Council meeting of 24 August 2017 at which a motion of no confidence was instituted by the Patriotic Alliance (PA), against our Deputy Executive Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani. 2. The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) [...]

UDEMWO pleased by Brickz verdict

2017-10-17T15:06:37+00:00 October 17th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the fifteen-year jail sentence given to Sipho Ndlovu, popularly known as Brickz in the music entertainment business. This outcome gives hope that no rapist, not even a male celebrity, is above law. It is also good that the justice system made an example of him; for he had been a role model for young male fans, who might have [...]

Nationwide school violence crisis needs swift intervention

2017-10-16T13:23:24+00:00 October 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Youth Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is concerned by the continued crime and violence that are prevalent in many schools throughout the country. There seems to be an increase of criminal activities in our schools that puts our pupils’ safety and lives at risk. This is a threat to education and jeopardises our children’s basic rights as entrenched in the Constitution. Not a day passes without reports [...]

UDM’s wishes to the matric class of 2017

2017-10-13T13:54:31+00:00 October 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education|

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP The United Democratic Movement congratulates the matric class of 2017 for staying the course and, staying in school! Pursuing education will give you significantly more options over the course of your life. Set goals and work hard to achieve them. Past question papers, available on the Department of Education's website, can help you gauge your preparedness and identify subjects that need more work. Manage you time well and [...]

#Storms: UDEMWO prays for missing flood victims to be found alive

2017-10-12T16:02:07+00:00 October 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO|

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) sends a message of condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the terrible heavy storms that have turned havoc in many parts of the country this week. This period is the most difficult one not only to those who have been directly affected by the rains but the country as whole. Indeed, it is a trying time for us as a [...]

The KwaZulu Natal mass murder phenomenon

2017-10-10T13:06:19+00:00 October 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the spate of mass killings in KwaZulu-Natal. It cannot be that, in less than two weeks, more than fifteen people have been killed in almost the same manner – in a hail of gunfire. Eight members of the same family were killed when an unknown person opened fire in Umvoti ; just a few days after a family of five [...]

#LionMama: UDEMWO welcomes decision to drop charges against Komani mother

2017-10-09T13:09:55+00:00 October 9th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretaty General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) applauds the justice system for dropping the charges against the woman accused of fatally stabbing a man and wounding two others after finding them allegedly raping her daughter in Komani, Eastern Cape. UDEMWO has been vocal in its support for this family, but in particular in support of a woman who the law intended to punish for protecting her daughter. [...]

#NMURape: SECURITY ON OUR UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES NEEDS URGENT ATTENTION

2017-10-06T09:26:19+00:00 October 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDESMO, Safety and Security, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General   The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the arrest of a man suspected of having raped a female student, stabbing another and robbing them at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in the Eastern Cape.   It is clear that campus security was compromised with the students being accosted in a lab at the NMU Second Avenue Campus. What is of great concern is that [...]

UDM calls for effective action on Cape Flats killings

2017-10-03T16:01:02+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned by the on-going gangsterism feuds that continue claiming lives of the innocent members of the community in the Cape Flats. We have been calling upon the Western Cape government to make swift interventions into this. The past weekend, residents in Marikana informal settlement have witnessed yet again another massacre when more 10 people were murdered in gang [...]

#UDM20 – address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President on the occasion of the 20-year Anniversary of the UDM

2017-10-02T11:03:58+00:00 September 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|

1. Welcome Ladies and gentlemen, today, we celebrate two decades of principled political struggle. Thank you for sharing your time and participating in this auspicious occasion. I want us to look back at what we have achieved together in the past, but to also look ahead at what we can achieve, together, working towards a united future. We have every reason to be proud about the past and be optimistic about the future - [...]

UDM rejects Government’s attempts to tap into PIC funds to bail out failing SOEs

2017-09-26T15:23:01+00:00 September 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, State Owned Enterprises, Zumagate|

The allegations that the Ministry of Finance is trying to access Public Investment Corporation (PIC) funds to bail out failing State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) confirm the United Democratic Movement's (UDM's) long-held suspicion that the mafia styled ruling elite would, once cash-strapped, extend its grubby hands to workers' pensions entrusted to them for safekeeping. The true intention of these transactions is not to bail out struggling SOEs, but rather to ensure that there is enough state [...]

Heritage Day 2017

2017-09-22T14:13:09+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Heritage, Home, Media statements: UDM|

As the country celebrates another Heritage Month - and Heritage Day on Sunday - the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls for ways to resolve the intolerance and conflict between South Africans, which seems to have become the norm. We face huge challenges of cultural intolerance and racism; and it is taking a toll on South Africans’ psyche. To compound an already challenging set of circumstances, it still shocks that Bell Pottinger was so recklessly used [...]

UDM’s reaction to the DA/PA divorce in Nelson Mandela Bay

2017-09-22T12:21:20+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|

Biased and unproven accusations. Using draft reports, without an audit opinion, not authorised by council. A national party leader quoting from a draft report. Press conferences and excited media reports promoting cheap propaganda based on a misrepresentation of the draft report. An executive mayor declining to comment on a report, because it is a draft – having first drawn vigorous attention to it. Fabrications and distortion of facts to excuse a dubious political marriage of [...]

BOBANI JUDGEMENT: Why was the UDM’s founding affidavit missing?

2017-09-19T14:21:13+00:00 September 19th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) application in the Port Elizabeth High Court - regarding the reinstatement of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani - had not been heard and shall be represented, in due course, on a non-urgent basis. In the meantime, the UDM will approach the Chief Justice with a request to investigate why the UDM’s founding affidavit had gone missing from [...]

UDM condemns taxi violence in the Western Cape

2017-09-18T14:13:16+00:00 September 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the violent attacks on buses, bus drivers and commuters by striking taxi drivers/owners in the Western Cape. Already, there are innocent people that have been injured after buses were pelted with stones and some buses were even torched. This disaster is hot on the heels of the Uber and metered taxi violence in Sandton last week. It cannot be that, [...]

UDM TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICAL ARENA

2017-09-14T15:57:14+00:00 September 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP - UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) had started its road on the transformation of South Africa into a Winning Nation on 27 September 1997 at the then World Trade Centre in Kempton Park. The Party was born with its feet firmly in the new South Africa. In retrospect, the UDM was ahead of its time. We were the first to bat on the wicket of good [...]

Police brutality is still a reality in S.A

2017-09-14T14:21:45+00:00 September 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Safety and Security|

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the police brutality displayed at a service delivery protest in Hout Bay in the Western Cape, where a fourteen-year-old boy was allegedly shot in the mouth by security forces. We are appalled that the young boy was not only shot at once, but several times! It means the officer/s had intended to do grievous bodily [...]

Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to DA leader Mr Mmusi Maimane

2017-09-13T13:16:41+00:00 September 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|

Mr Mmusi Maimane Democratic Alliance Federal Leader   Dear Mr Maimane NELSON MANDELA BAY COALITION: UDM REACTION TO DA’S USE OF PwC “DRAFT REPORT” TO BESMIRCH OUR CLLR BOBANI AND THE UDM: APOLOGY REQUIRED FROM YOU AND YOUR PARTY I refer to the “draft report” which had been prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in terms of which the Democratic Alliance (DA) had masterminded a dubious campaign to remove from office the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Deputy [...]

Learner gang raped by her teachers

2017-09-12T11:54:16+00:00 September 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja – UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is shocked about reports of a viral video, where a principal and two teachers are gang raping a school girl in KwaZulu-Natal. This act is too insane and disgusting to even contemplate. Parents send their children to school in the hope that, while learning, they are safe. But, these depraved individuals proved us wrong. Even the head of the school, [...]

UDEMWO is stunned by gang rape case in Komani, EC

2017-09-06T13:40:56+00:00 September 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the incident of a 27 year old woman that was gang raped by three men in Komani, Eastern Cape. The incident that saw one of the rapists being stabbed to death while the other two men were injured by the mother of the victim opens wounds to women. This incident is unfortunate. As the United Democratic [...]

Comments Off on UDEMWO is stunned by gang rape case in Komani, EC

UDM reacts on South Africa exiting recession with 2.5% of GDP Growth

2017-09-05T14:13:18+00:00 September 5th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR NQABAYOMZI KWANKWA – UDM DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND CHIEF WHIP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the good news of South Africa’s exit from the recession. The poorest of the poor need a better performing economy to take them out of poverty, unemployment and inequality. We hope, corruption which compounds these triple challenges, will also be defeated and buried with urgency, so that this improved economic performance benefits the people; not the [...]

Comments Off on UDM reacts on South Africa exiting recession with 2.5% of GDP Growth

UDM reaction on the alleged cracking down on political opponents in Lesotho

2017-09-04T11:42:03+00:00 September 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa – UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed by the reports of alleged political intolerance in Lesotho. In this regard, we call on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), through its facilitator, the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene with speed, and ensure political stability. We must do everything possible, and within our powers, to avert political instability that may result to loss [...]

Comments Off on UDM reaction on the alleged cracking down on political opponents in Lesotho

Arbor Day

2017-09-01T12:19:24+00:00 September 1st, 2017|2017 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Environment, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|

Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the Upper Ngqungqu Junior Secondary School in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape on 1 September 2017 Programme Director, Principal, teachers, parents and learners Ladies and Gentlemen I am humbled and yet extremely delighted to be re-joined with a place where my educational journey began. I am happy to be back here, wearing no uniform, carrying no slate and with no prospect of a corporal punishment administered to me [...]

Comments Off on Arbor Day

Bobani founding affidavit

2017-08-31T15:15:47+00:00 August 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues|

IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA (EASTERN CAPE LOCAL DIVISION OF THE HIGH COURT, PORT ELIZABETH) CASE NO: ......................... In the matter between:   UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT                                        1st Applicant MONGAMELI ELLCOTTE BOBANI                                 2nd Applicant     and   THE NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY                                          1st Respondent THE SPEAKER OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY                                                             2nd Respondent THE CITY MANAGER OF NELSON MANDELA [...]

Comments Off on Bobani founding affidavit

Court papers in Bobani/Trollip matter

2017-08-31T15:06:47+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA (EASTERN CAPE LOCAL DIVISION OF THE HIGH COURT, PORT ELIZABETH ) CASE NO.: ......................... In the matter between: UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT                                       1st Applicant MONGAMELI ELLCOTTE BOBANI                                           2nd Applicant and THE NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY                                1st Respondent   THE SPEAKER OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL             OF NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY                                                                     2nd Respondent THE CITY MANAGER OF NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY                            3rd Respondent [...]

Comments Off on Court papers in Bobani/Trollip matter

UDM rejects DA’s dirty tricks campaign

2017-08-31T10:08:03+00:00 August 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP Since the outrageous DA orchestrated ousting of Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan coalition government, such senior DA leaders as Mmusi Maimane, James Selfe, and Athol Trollip have relentlessly attacked the UDM, its loyal coalition partner until the DA breached the relationship. I trust that the High Court will separate fact from fiction and that the honourable court will see through the [...]

Comments Off on UDM rejects DA’s dirty tricks campaign

NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO COALITION: UDM PARTICIPATION – NOTICE TO PULL OUT

2017-08-25T08:31:49+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to Coalition Opposition Party Rev Kenneth Meshoe, MP President, African Christian Democratic Party   Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, MP President, Congress of the People   Mr Mmusi Maimane, MP Leader, Democratic Alliance   Dr Pieter Groenewald, MP Leader, Freedom Front Plus   Dear Colleagues NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO COALITION: UDM PARTICIPATION – NOTICE TO PULL OUT 1.    The United Democratic Movement (UDM) National Executive Committee (NEC) met on Saturday, 5 August 2017. The [...]

Comments Off on NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO COALITION: UDM PARTICIPATION – NOTICE TO PULL OUT

DLAMINI ZUMA VISIT IN MARIKANA – A GIMMICK

2017-08-24T13:29:44+00:00 August 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with anger the visit of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in Marikana, North West. It was just a gimmick. Her visit was nothing but a campaigning stunt. As the country celebrated women and their role in the month of August, we do not remember her visiting or mentioning anything about the women who lost their relatives during Marikana Massacre. Dlamini [...]

Comments Off on DLAMINI ZUMA VISIT IN MARIKANA – A GIMMICK

UDEMWO disappointed by SA law on Grace Mugabe

2017-08-16T10:13:34+00:00 August 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the country celebrates women, the abuse continues to take place. As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are disappointed by the reports of Mrs Grace Mugabe who allegedly assaulted a 20 old year old woman in Sandton, just few days after Women’s Day. For someone in her position to behave the way she did is saddening. Mrs Mugabe’s actions cannot be justified and [...]

Comments Off on UDEMWO disappointed by SA law on Grace Mugabe

Something is seriously wrong: Aviwe Jam Jam is dead and Deputy Minister Manana is out on bail?

2017-08-11T13:02:29+00:00 August 11th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by reports of yet another female murder victim: young Capetonian Ms Aviwe Jam-Jam. Her name has been added to the ever-lengthening list of woman victims of violence and crime in South Africa. The fact that her body was found dumped at a sport field, not very far from her home, rubs salt into an already raw national [...]

Comments Off on Something is seriously wrong: Aviwe Jam Jam is dead and Deputy Minister Manana is out on bail?

UDM reaction to the DA’s proposed motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly

2017-08-10T11:25:40+00:00 August 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) does not support the Democratic Alliance (DA) sponsored motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly. We respect the DA’s right to propose motions like any other political party represented in the National Assembly. Of immediate importance to the UDM, is the state of readiness of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. The IEC reportedly needs R300 million, as well as access to municipalities’ [...]

Comments Off on UDM reaction to the DA’s proposed motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly

UDM reaction to outcome of MONC in Mr Zuma

2017-08-08T19:25:02+00:00 August 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) accepts the result of today’s vote on the motion of no-confidence in Mr Zuma. We are however perturbed by the choice of the African National Congress (ANC) Members of the National Assembly who sided with an irreparably corrupt President. The people of South Africa have been shown the middle-finger for the eight time. We however welcome and are happy with the almost thirty ANC Members who voted against thievery and [...]

Comments Off on UDM reaction to outcome of MONC in Mr Zuma

Subject for discussion: vote of no confidence in President Zuma – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) in the national assembly of the Republic of South Africa

2017-08-08T15:06:14+00:00 August 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Members, Fellow South Africans. Following the success of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), by creating a safety net for all members of parliament, through voting by secret ballot, we have to seize the opportunity to put the people and the country first. In this regard, let us vote against the abuse of power, the infamous bogus intelligence report, and the abuse of the resources of our people. Let us vote against the [...]

Comments Off on Subject for discussion: vote of no confidence in President Zuma – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) in the national assembly of the Republic of South Africa

MONC secret ballot: UDM reaction to speaker’s decision

2017-08-07T16:50:40+00:00 August 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDESMO, Zumagate|

Statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Speaker’s decision to grant the request for a secret ballot when the National Assembly tomorrow votes on the motion of no-confidence in Mr Zuma. When the UDM made this request in April, we knew very well that she not only has the right, but also the responsibility to act; and act responsibly. We hope that all 400 members of the [...]

Comments Off on MONC secret ballot: UDM reaction to speaker’s decision

WOMEN SLAPPING MINISTER? GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

2017-08-07T14:53:40+00:00 August 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is furious and shocked by the incident where the Education Deputy-Minister Mduduzi Manana assaulted two women at a night club at the weekend. He has apparently admitted that he has done so and UDEMWO believes that his actions cannot be justified under any circumstance. This incident not only happens in Women’s Month, but against the background of the increase [...]

Comments Off on WOMEN SLAPPING MINISTER? GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP – The motion of no confidence debate and the secret ballot

2017-08-04T13:58:09+00:00 August 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Campaigns, Home, Issues, Motions Without Notice, Zumagate|

Speaking notes for UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The motion of no confidence debate and the secret ballot on 4 August 2017 at the Cape Town Press Club, Grill Room, Kelvin Grove, Cape Town, at 13:00 Programme Director Ladies and gentlemen Introduction South Africans have long agreed that Mr Zuma is no longer a legitimate President of the Country. The damning Constitutional Court judgment which found that he failed to respect, uphold and defend the [...]

Comments Off on UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP – The motion of no confidence debate and the secret ballot

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG: UDM commends Mayor Mashaba’s action regarding Cllr Peetz

2017-08-03T13:40:20+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDM Councillor in the City of Johannesburg The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commends Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba for the swift action regarding allegations of corruption by MMC for Economic Development Cllr Sharon Peetz. Corruption has no colour or political affiliation and this administration of the City of Johannesburg is here to root out corruption regardless of who commits it. It must be made clear that no one is above the [...]

Comments Off on CITY OF JOHANNESBURG: UDM commends Mayor Mashaba’s action regarding Cllr Peetz

UDEMWO commends swift rescue of SA woman from human trafficking operation

2017-07-31T14:50:19+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the result of the joint operation that led to the swift rescue of Princess Mahlangu who fell victim, alongside women from various other countries, to a human trafficking operation. This incident adds to the widespread pandemic of exploitation of women in South Africa. Her story is one of many South African women who become victims of [...]

Comments Off on UDEMWO commends swift rescue of SA woman from human trafficking operation

Concern as Eastern Cape Emergency Services down tools

2017-07-26T10:27:41+00:00 July 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the current strike of Emergency Medical Services officials in various parts of the Eastern Cape. Even though we understand workers’ grievances over financial issues, our biggest concern is that patients are adversely affected by this strike. The Department of Health has a responsibility to our people and it should swiftly intervene. All stakeholders must act decisively and find a [...]

Comments Off on Concern as Eastern Cape Emergency Services down tools

Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

2017-07-20T11:24:48+00:00 July 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja -  UDEMWO Secretary General There seems to be a heart-wrenching answer to the question of the whereabouts of Yvonne Mbekwa. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened to hear that a burnt body, with her documentation, was found fairly close to where she and her baby had disappeared. Reports do not indicate the fate of her child, but we have come to expect the worst. “Yvonne Mbekwa” is [...]

Comments Off on Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

2017-07-18T11:56:52+00:00 July 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely concerned over reports of continued and growing intimidation of anyone who dares to dissent from the ruling party; or maybe just from certain elements within its ranks? This seems to be the go-to response, these days, when any unfortunate soul ventures to point out any wrong-doing in Government. It has been reported that South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) [...]

Comments Off on Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

SACP really going it alone or stage-managed strategy of the alliance?

2017-07-15T16:32:49+00:00 July 15th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement has noted that the South African Communist Party (SACP) will be contesting the 2019 National and Provincial Elections alone. In order for the SACP to prove that they are serious about this plan, all the party’s Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and Legislatures, as well as Councillors, should immediately resign to prevent access to Government monies and resources to bolster their campaigns. It would not be far-fetched to say this this [...]

Comments Off on SACP really going it alone or stage-managed strategy of the alliance?

Inappropriateness of Ms B Mbete presiding over the debate on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma

2017-07-14T19:04:54+00:00 July 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|

Honourable Ms Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Madam Speaker Inappropriateness of your presiding over the debate on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma The above matter has reference. I write on behalf of the leaders of the African Christian Democratic Party, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement. We met [...]

Comments Off on Inappropriateness of Ms B Mbete presiding over the debate on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma

Opposition parties met in Pretoria to discuss pressing issues

2017-07-14T18:59:05+00:00 July 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The following parties; ACDP, APC, COPE, DA, EFF, IFP and the UDM met today to discuss a number of burning political issues. 1. Secret Ballot or not? The 22 June Constitutional Court judgment We welcome the Constitutional Court judgement on the Speaker’s discretion to decide whether a vote on a no-confidence motion in the President of the Republic should be secret or not. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, has given the Speaker of the National Assembly [...]

Comments Off on Opposition parties met in Pretoria to discuss pressing issues

Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to Parliament Speaker Honourable Baleka Mbete

2017-07-12T16:54:27+00:00 July 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|

Honourable Ms Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Per email: speaker@parliament.gov.za   Dear Madam Speaker YOUR REQUEST FOR INPUT FROM POLITICAL PARTIES ON A SECRET BALLOT ON THE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA This matter has reference. 1.    The context of the Constitutional Court judgement In giving the Constitutional Court’s unanimous judgement, on 22 June 2017, on the matter [...]

Comments Off on Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to Parliament Speaker Honourable Baleka Mbete

Attack on young Mthatha woman: UDEMWO commends swift arrest

2017-07-12T08:40:42+00:00 July 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) commends the police officials on the swift arrest of suspects who allegedly raped and horrendously hacked a 19 year old woman in Xhwili village near Mthatha, Eastern Cape. This attack is another example of the escalation of gender based violence that we are witnessing in South Africa at the moment. These swift arrests are a good sign. We hope [...]

Comments Off on Attack on young Mthatha woman: UDEMWO commends swift arrest

Safe child abandonment” Is a sensitive issue”

2017-07-10T13:11:55+00:00 July 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes that the publication and circulation of pictures of a woman leaving a new born baby at the premises of a safe house in Goodwood, Cape Town, is not the correct way of handling this situation. It is quite possible that the Pink Ladies’ poster, and the subsequent sharing thereof, could put the woman in the photograph in danger. [...]

Comments Off on Safe child abandonment” Is a sensitive issue”

No real justice for victims: Punishment for sexual offenders is simply not to tough enough

2017-07-03T10:04:09+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) reiterates its call for harsher punishment of those found guilty of abusing and murdering women and children. There also has to be stricter bail conditions, before such criminals are set loose on society. In these regards, the justice system has been failing women and children for years and years. It is said far too often, that criminals have more rights in [...]

Comments Off on No real justice for victims: Punishment for sexual offenders is simply not to tough enough

Having a royal time in South African prisons

2017-06-27T13:31:54+00:00 June 27th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Correctional Services, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The Department of Correctional Service does not cease to amaze. In February this year, the Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane splurged more than R60 000 of taxpayers’ money treating prisoners at Leeuwkop (Midrand) to a KFC meal. A week ago, Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa caused an uproar when she presented 30 laptops to inmates of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria (with 70 more laptops [...]

Comments Off on Having a royal time in South African prisons

AG’s findings on local government audit remains cause for concern

2017-06-23T15:41:12+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Local Government, Media statements: UDM|

Regarding the Auditor-general’s latest report on the local government audit, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes that there were only marginal improvements in local government audit results. We are however concerned that 14 municipalities lost their clean audit status, while only 9 cleaned up their acts. It simply means that good governance at local level, and effective municipal management, is moving in the wrong direction. It is heartening that the Auditor-general’s office, as a Chapter 9 [...]

Comments Off on AG’s findings on local government audit remains cause for concern

Serious concern over provision of health services, especially in KwaZulu-Natal

2017-06-23T15:45:18+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Health, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the dire situation of the shortage of healthcare practitioners especially the medical practitioners and material resources at public or state hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. We have heard too many stories of specialists, general practitioners and nurses who leave public service in search of greener pastures in the private sector and outside the country. What is more disturbing is the [...]

Comments Off on Serious concern over provision of health services, especially in KwaZulu-Natal

#Concourt: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa writes to the Speaker on secret ballot

2017-06-23T15:49:22+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Dear Madam Speaker CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING ON SECRET BALLOT AND THE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC We refer to our letter, that was subsequently withdrawn, sent on 3 April 2017 wherein we lodged a motion of no-confidence in the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr JG Zuma. In light of today’s ruling of the Constitutional Court regarding your discretionary power to allow for a [...]

Comments Off on #Concourt: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa writes to the Speaker on secret ballot

Victory for SA! Constitutional Court ruling on secret ballot

2017-06-22T11:28:40+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa -  UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has been vindicated with the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the Speaker of the National Assembly could facilitate a secret ballot in a no-confidence motion in President Zuma. We thank our legal team, as well as political parties and civil society organisations who supported us all the way. The risk of Members of Parliament (MPs) being victimised if they don’t vote according the [...]

Comments Off on Victory for SA! Constitutional Court ruling on secret ballot

Precautionary measures for initiation must be made a priority

2017-06-20T12:06:11+00:00 June 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General It is that time of the year where thousands of boys from many communities across South Africa will be taking the life changing journey to the mountains to become men. This time-honoured rite of passage to manhood should be respected by all stakeholders and it cannot be at the expense of young lives. At this very important time for initiation practising communities, the United Democratic Movement [...]

Comments Off on Precautionary measures for initiation must be made a priority

Youth Day Rally, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, address by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

2017-06-16T15:31:17+00:00 June 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Youth Issues|

• National and provincial leaders of the UDM, • National and provincial leaders of the UDM, • Regional and local UDM leaders, • UDM Public Representatives, • Members of the United Democratic Movement. 1. National Youth Day 2017 Whilst the 1976-youth made their significant contribution to our democracy, today’s youth feels left out; relegated to economic hardship with no jobs and no prospects. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) therefore appreciates the young South Africans who [...]

Comments Off on Youth Day Rally, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, address by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

UDM will spend Youth Day with fire ravaged communities #KnysnaFires

2017-06-15T10:12:33+00:00 June 15th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commiserates with the Garden Route communities who have lost so much in the fires that ravaged their lives. In particular, we express our condolences to the families and friends of those who so tragically lost their lives. We commend the work of our firefighters and other rescue services professionals who had to operate in the most unthinkable circumstances. Those who volunteered their time and [...]

Comments Off on UDM will spend Youth Day with fire ravaged communities #KnysnaFires

Condolences for Mr Ahmed Kathrada, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution to Parliamentary Debate

2017-06-14T16:24:10+00:00 June 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Tributes|

Honourable Speaker, and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) appreciates the opportunity to honour, Ahmed Kathrada, a tower of strength and a source of inspiration to many generations; even if it could have been done earlier and better. I had the honour to meet Kathy and his fellow Rivonia Trialists in Umtata in 1989. Their presence and words spoken at the welcome-home rally, we organised for them, gave us the courage to continue supporting [...]

Comments Off on Condolences for Mr Ahmed Kathrada, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution to Parliamentary Debate

UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane

2017-06-09T14:28:03+00:00 June 9th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane   The United Democratic Movement (UDM) appreciates the commitment made by the City of Tshwane to revitalise and revamp the inner city. We hope that the renovation of old buildings in the central business district is part of this and will be a priority.   This will help to bring [...]

Comments Off on UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane

Appointment of “sex- and pals-for-jobs” officials EC Legislature: Aloota Continua big time

2017-06-06T13:14:05+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked to learn that two senior managers at the Eastern Cape Legislature, implicated in a sex-for-jobs and jobs-for-pals scandal, have been rewarded with senior posts in another department. Human Resources management head Malibongwe Ngcai and strategic manager Basil Mase are now heading Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. This is a farce and it is saddening that corrupt officials are rewarded for [...]

Comments Off on Appointment of “sex- and pals-for-jobs” officials EC Legislature: Aloota Continua big time

UDEMWO calls for justice on child abusers

2017-06-09T08:05:05+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the country commemorates another week of Children’s Week, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) calls for the hand of justice not to be lenient to children abusers and murderers. Children have become vulnerable in the hands of evil doers and they must pay for their actions. Since the beginning of the year, more than 19 children have been killed in the Western Cape province [...]

Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for justice on child abusers

Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

2017-06-14T13:14:32+00:00 May 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins millions of South Africans to declare, violence and abuse of women and girlchildren, a crime against humanity. Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms, as well as gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. The recent spate of gruesome murders of girls and infants, have a devastating effect on girls, women and society in general, and must be rejected [...]

Comments Off on Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

2017-06-13T16:24:59+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Minerals and Energy, Service delivery, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members Electricity is a fundamental factor in a wide range of socio-economic matters; it is the lifeblood of an economically and socially active community. Reliable electricity has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life of the poor, in particular, those in rural areas. We need to make it a priority to promote and incorporate all viable options for electricity generation. We must aim to ensure that every household has [...]

Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit

2017-05-30T13:47:17+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the events surrounding the death of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende. She disappeared for almost two weeks and finding her body at her place of work is concerning in the extreme. The suspicious circumstance around her death is compounded by the fact that her car was apparently parked outside the offices, yet a police search did not [...]

Comments Off on Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit

Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

2017-06-13T14:43:02+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Parliamentary oversight, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson and Members The Presiding Officers of this 5th Democratic Parliament, in the foreword of the Strategic Plan 2014-19, said, “Parliament exist to represent people and to ensure their involvement in government processes”. In this regard, and in the context of celebrating its twenty years of existence, we would recommend that this house, deliberately creates more mechanisms for citizens to have access to all the laws made by Parliament. We must move towards a [...]

Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Investigation into matters relating to the dispute between the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of NMBMM

2017-05-26T18:02:06+00:00 May 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Discussion Documents, Home|

Introduction The ACDP, COPE and FF Plus (the “Panel”) was requested to provide an opinion on a dispute in the coalition in PE and to adjudicate whether the parties in dispute are in breach of the Coalition Agreement (“Agreement”). The three parties resolved among itself to adjudicate the matter on a balance of probability. The following needs to be noted: The adjudication is performed purely on the papers; No single comprehensive affidavits from both parties [...]

Comments Off on Investigation into matters relating to the dispute between the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of NMBMM

Debate on Budget Vote 40 – Sport and Recreation South Africa by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP

2017-05-31T16:48:54+00:00 May 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Sport and Recreation|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the budget vote. The budget reduction in this department does not augur well for the promotion, development and transformation of sport in our Country. Already, compensation to the departmental employees had to be reduced on an escalating scale during the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, totalling R4.9 million. The next victims of this reduction are goods and services. Regrettably, the very people who would have benefitted from the [...]

Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 40 – Sport and Recreation South Africa by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP

Debate on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – Bantu Holomisa in National Assembly

2017-06-13T15:00:49+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson and Members The United Democratic Movement supports Budget 19. As we celebrate Africa Day, we are reminded of the important role played by our soldiers in keeping peace on our continent. I am certain, that their contribution will one day make Africa a continent for all its people and the world-over. In the context of my responsibility in the Defence Force Service Commission, I invite the Minister and the Joint Standing Committee on [...]

Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – Bantu Holomisa in National Assembly

UDM welcomes investigation into billions of rand lost due to negligent health care workers, statement by Bongani Msomi

2017-05-25T15:50:44+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked by the exorbitant amount of tax payers’ money that is lost because of the Department of Health’s negligence. Spending R43 billion on lawsuits is ridiculous and it is even more concerning that nothing much is being done to put a stop to the wastage. We cannot be losing money, and especially not such a large amount, due to the carelessness of medical practitioners and health workers. Reports in [...]

Comments Off on UDM welcomes investigation into billions of rand lost due to negligent health care workers, statement by Bongani Msomi

UDM condemns taxi violence in KZN

2017-05-23T13:37:49+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the on-going taxi wars that continue to take innocent lives in KwaZulu Natal. The wars have been going on for some time and nothing effective has been done to stop them. Innocent people are being killed. Taxi operators, taxi associations and security agencies must find ways to resolve these problems of routes. The situation is not acceptable. The [...]

Comments Off on UDM condemns taxi violence in KZN

No bail for suspects

2017-05-22T15:18:31+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issueb by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the arrest of three men relating to the rape and horrendous murder of four women two weeks ago in Soweto. The arrest brings hope that the criminals will face the music for their action. As UDEMWO, we call for no bail for the culprits. We are also concerned that the police refused to attend to crime scenes citing [...]

Comments Off on No bail for suspects

Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

2017-05-16T13:30:57+00:00 May 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the destructive behaviour of some Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students. The reported fight between WSU medical students and the fatal stabbing of a final year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, is shocking and seems quite senseless; it is difficult to grasp what has happened. Parents send their children to university in the hope that they will live and learn in a safe environment, yet they are [...]

Comments Off on Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

2017-05-12T17:47:31+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Parastatals, Public Works|

If it was not for the serious implications of the ruling party deployment agency; one might be tempted to laugh at the situation around the reinstatement of Mr Brian Molefe as the Eskom Chief Executive (CE). Exasperated opinions by, or on, Mr Molefe, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne, the ruling party and the Eskom Board falls from the sky like hail stones on a tin roof. According to the ruling party, Mr Molefe’s reinstatement “…is [...]

Comments Off on ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

Condolences to Karabo Mokoena family

2017-05-12T14:53:41+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by UDEMWO Secretary General, Ms Thandi Nontenja The brutal murder of Karabo Mokoena, allegedly at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, brings great sadness to the women of this Country. We had hoped that she would be found alive and well after she went missing late last month, only to be shocked to learn of her brutal passing. It is most disturbing that this seems to be, once again, one of those horrendous crimes [...]

Comments Off on Condolences to Karabo Mokoena family

March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot

2017-05-12T12:37:06+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Speeches|

JOINT STATEMENT BY POLITICAL PARTIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot (Issued on 12 May 2017 at the Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg) It is clear to all patriotic citizens that our country, South Africa, is experiencing the worst crisis of leadership since 1994. Our nation has reached a point where the conscience of every Member of Parliament (MP) matters in deciding whether a rogue President is removed from office or not. [...]

Comments Off on March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot

Vuwani no-show: A sign of disrepect

2017-05-12T13:18:35+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General -  Bongani Msomi It is with sadness that we witness the belittling behaviour of President Jacob Zuma towards the people of this country. His no-show at Vuwani, at the weekend, displays the clear arrogance of his government and his party. There have been widespread service delivery protests but nothing changes. Citizens need to realise that the ruling party does not consider them and that it is time to make [...]

Comments Off on Vuwani no-show: A sign of disrepect

Open Letter by Thandi Nontenja to Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato

2017-05-12T13:21:24+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Open Letters, Women's Issues|

Mr Dan Plato Western Cape Minister of Community Safety 35 Wales Street 5th Floor Cape Town 8000 Dear Mr Plato UDEMWO calls for quick intervention on crimes against the women and children on the Cape Flats The unabated incidents of rape and murders, on the Cape Flats, targeted at women and children caught our attention. Since the beginning of the year, several women and children have fallen victim to such crimes and we are worried [...]

Comments Off on Open Letter by Thandi Nontenja to Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato

UDM condolences with children who died in Bronkhorstspruit accident

2017-04-25T12:38:51+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Road Safety|

Statement by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President We have learnt with some shock and sadness of the twenty learners who were killed in a taxi accident just outside Bronkhorstspruit this afternoon. Incidents like this send chills down the spine. The images in the media, of the severely wrecked vehicles, might suggest that speed was involved. But, it must urgently be established what caused the accident and who is culpable. South Africa can’t afford [...]

Comments Off on UDM condolences with children who died in Bronkhorstspruit accident

Constitutional Court case: secret ballot for Parliamentary vote on no-confidence motion, President Zuma

2017-05-03T18:10:37+00:00 April 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Zumagate|

Letter from Mr N Kwankwa, UDM Chief Whip to the Speaker of the National Assembly's office re "Motion of No Confidence in the President of the Republic in terms of Section 102 of the Constitution of South Africa and Section 129 of the Rules of the National Assembly" (3 April 2017) - 182KB Letter from Mabuza Attorneys to the Speaker of the National Assembly re "Urgent: Motion of No-Confidence Schedules for 18 April 2017" (6 [...]

The UDM on the recent increase in farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa

2017-03-14T14:56:10+00:00 March 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Farm Attacks and Rural Crime, Home, Rural Development and Land Reform, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa Honourable Speaker and Honourable members I wish to preface my contribution to this debate by saying that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is keenly aware of the plight of farmers who have fallen victim to what we generally call “farm attacks”. The UDM, without reservation, condemns these acts of violence and murder, and lawlessness that has the daily characteristics of [...]

Comments Off on The UDM on the recent increase in farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa