Holomisa: “Cut a deal! Go Home” President Zuma

September 13th, 2014|

Instead of a nation preoccupied with the scandals surrounding President Zuma, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) advises that we should rather deliberate his exit strategy.

Since the advent of democracy, we have never been faced with a crisis of this magnitude i.e. allegations of corruption at the highest level.

The African National Congress (ANC) has completely misinterpreted their mandate. They are clearly using their majority to do their utmost to protect President Zuma at all cost.

People [...]

Distasteful Claims that Madonsela is a CIA plant

September 8th, 2014|

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General
The barrage of attacks, both on the person and office, of the Public Protector are becoming more and more creative. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the claims that she is on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) payroll and we find it distasteful.

The sounds coming from the peanut gallery are a desperate attempt at discrediting a constitutional body that is doing its job properly.

These [...]

The end of Women’s Month 2014 | UDEMWO

August 28th, 2014|

Issued by Mrs Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General
At the end of Women’s Month 2014, we look to the future; the United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried that the National Development Plan is overall gender blind, disregarding women’s gendered practical, and strategic needs and concerns.

Considering that this is the development map for South Africa we are dissatisfied with what our future prospects are. In addition, UDEMWO is doubtful that the sideways-move, to bring the Department [...]

Threat to Julius Malema ’s life: two wrongs do not make a right

August 28th, 2014|

Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General
Much opinion has been expressed at the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) recent outburst in Parliament; 1) some agree wholeheartedly with the message and the lack of adherence to Parliamentary decorum, 2) some agree with the message, but do not agree with the EFF’s manner in expressing themselves and 3) some cannot stomach the message nor the flare-up.

Be that as it may, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) [...]

SA’s trigger happy police

August 27th, 2014|

Media statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General
Understandably so police brutality is an emotive issue in a country with our history. However, we never in our wildest dreams thought that, post-1994, we would again see brutal police violence.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the number of incidents of late of egregious police brutality and indiscriminate use of force. The ill-considered “shoot first-ask questions later” rhetoric by senior politicians and police officers [...]

UDM on Provision of water and sanitation to our people and elimination of the bucket system

August 26th, 2014|

Address by Mr LB Gaehler MP in the National Council of Provinces in the debate on Local Government: “Moving with utmost speed to provide water and sanitation to our people and eliminate the bucket system”

Honourable Chairperson
Honourable Members

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports attempts by government to increase the speed at which the restoration of people’s dignity by amongst others providing quality, clean water to the people and quality sanitation and eradication of the [...]

Link between civil disobedience and poor service delivery

August 26th, 2014|

Media Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General
Government has blinkers on when it comes to the consequences of poor service delivery, particularly at local government level. Disingenuous representatives of government stand on their soapboxes shouting that they are doing their jobs. Judging by the volcano of protests against poor service delivery that erupts every now and again in all corners of the country, this is patently untrue.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is [...]

Question to the President: Nkandla saga

August 21st, 2014|

Question to the President: Nkandla saga by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President
Honourable Speaker
Mr President and Mr Deputy President,
Ministers and Deputy Ministers
Honourable Members
Mr President, in the context of your report to the Speaker of the National Assembly, your posture, your claim of innocence and your commitment to correcting any wrongs that have been found and reported to by the various investigations into the Nkandla saga;
Do you think [...]

Multi Party Forum on the decision of the Constitutional Court on the matter of the IEC Chairperson

August 15th, 2014|

Statement on behalf of the Multi Party Forum on the decision of the Constitutional Court on the matter of the IEC Chairperson
We welcome the Constitutional Court decision on the matter of the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission Advocate Pansy Tlakula.

This decision vindicates the findings of the Public Protector and two other credible institutions that pronounced on the matter.

We take our hats off to the whistle blowers who helped root out this maladministration [...]

Women’s Day 2014

August 9th, 2014|

2014 is certainly an auspicious year with the commemoration of a number of milestones, such as the sixty years that have passed after the adoption of the Women’s Charter of 1954.

As is right, we take the time to, as a nation, make introspection on the role that women play in our society; in particular the contributions they made in the struggle against apartheid and the years before and thereafter.

Question for written reply: In respect of mining operations in North West Province and Limpopo Province

August 1st, 2014|



Mr HB Holomisa, MP to ask the Minister of Minerals Resources:

In respect of mining operations in North West Province and Limpopo Province:

1)    Were any royalties or future considerations preserved in terms of item 11 (1) or 11 (3) of Schedule II, Transitional Arrangements, of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002;

2)    If so, which are the affected

a)    mines,

b)    traditional communities; and

c)    mineral or mining leases or licences;

3)    Have [...]

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UDM proposed meeting between you and the leaders of political parties in parliament

July 30th, 2014|

Mr MC Ramaphosa
Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa
Leader of Government Business in Parliament

Private Bag X1000
Cape Town

Dear Mr Deputy President


The above matter has reference.

On behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) I congratulate you on your appointment as the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, as well as the leader of government business in national [...]

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Nelson Mandela Day – address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly

July 29th, 2014|

Madam Speaker, Deputy President and Honourable Members

President Nelson Mandela’s election and inauguration in 1994 marked the end of many years oppression and caused South Africans of all races to fill the streets, all celebrating our victory in the fight for the self-evident right to determine our own destiny.

Some shouted from their rooftops lines from SEK Mqhayi’s poem, Ukutshona kukaMendi, the SS Mendi steamship, which sank in 1917 killing all the troops on board.

These lines [...]

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Budget Vote 16 – Health

July 23rd, 2014|

Address BY Ms CN Majeke, UDM Member of Parliament in the National Assembly on Budget Vote 16 – Health (MTEF)
Honourable Chairperson Minister and Deputy Minister Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commits to protecting and promoting the Constitutional right of all South Africans to basic health care, and providing proper and immediate responses to the major health risks facing the country. In re-engineering the primary health care, the department must priorities access [...]

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UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

September 4th, 2014|

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General
The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes it is a travesty that women in the workplace, both in the private and public service, are not safe from sexual harassment, abuse, violence and rape. One of the main reasons why people with much needed skills, such as doctors and nurses, leave for greener pastures is that they are not safe at their places of work.
We [...]

Speech in the national assembly on the subject of rhino poaching and its impact on our heritage

September 2nd, 2014|

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP
Honourable Speaker
Honourable Members

The poaching of rhino in South Africa is currently taking its toll on one of the most lucrative sectors, namely heritage tourism.

The destruction of our heritage and unsustainable resource consumption results to lose of employment opportunities.

In terms of statistical evidence, periodically released by various local and global institutions, indications are that we are losing the battle against rhino poaching.

These statistics confirms that it is not [...]

UDM: Holomisa reacts to Pansy Tlakula’s resignation

September 2nd, 2014|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes that Advocate Pansy Tlakula has resigned as Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

She has at last seen the light, but it is a pity that she was forced to do so at great cost to government and political parties.

There are now no more excuses; the Electoral Commission must immediately implement all the findings of the Public Protector, [...]

Eastern Cape: Education budget vote – Speech by the Honourable Mpulu in the Eastern Cape Legislature

August 29th, 2014|

•        Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker

•        Honourable Premier and the Executive

•        Honourable members of the legislature

•        Officials present here

•        Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

Honourable Speaker I wish to indicate that I have observed a defeatist image in the Department of Education, but when you come close you can see that there are greater strides achieved both politically and administratively. We were at time of celebrating stability and progress in this department until we were informed [...]

Attack of the public protector and her office

August 26th, 2014|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) congratulates the public protector for her sterling work in defence of the constitution – its institutions and the rule of law – against those who are devoted to promote corruption and who blatantly refuse to account to the people.

The ruling party’s recent attacks on the office of the public protector and her person are nothing but a desperate attempt to dodge accountability.

President Zuma must man-up, stop avoiding questions and [...]

UDM Letter to President Zuma about political parties’ participation in national events: Women’s Day 2014

August 20th, 2014|

By Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP

I refer to the Department of Arts and Culture, the Department of Women, and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government’s hosting of the National Women’s Day celebrations at ABSA Stadium on 9 August 2014 at the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality which was later changed to King Zwelithini Stadium.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM), however with regret notes that the representatives of other political parties were treated as mere window dressing. The provisions of the [...]

National Women’s Day debate in National Assembly

August 20th, 2014|

Address by Ms CN Majeke, MP, in the National Assembly
Honourable Speaker,
Mr President
Mr Deputy President
Ministers and Deputy Ministers
Honourable Members

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins the millions of citizens of this country and the world to pay tribute to the women of South Africa for the central role they continue to play in liberating this country. These heroines acted as a conscious and formidable force of the liberation struggle, some even [...]

Solidarity with the Cuban Five and demanding for the release and freedom of the remaining four of the Cuban Five

August 19th, 2014|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the National Assembly
Honourable Speaker and Members

The United Democratic Movement believes in productive engagement with all people of the world to improve the prospects for peace, cultural enrichment and economic well being of the people both here at home and anywhere in the globe.

Further, we strongly believe in the vital importance of the United Nations and its constituent bodies in the creation of a new world order [...]