16 Days of Activism 2014

November 27th, 2014|

It’s that time of the year again. And every year I wrestle with how we feel about the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence and Abuse against
Women and Children
campaign that kicks off on November and runs until December 10. Although the campaign is held for only sixteen days, for it to be successful it rests on each individual and the nation as a whole in taking action for the security, protection [...]

Debate: Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill (DBSA)

November 4th, 2014|

Speaker and Honourable Members,

The UDM supports the Bill.

We support the extension of the mandate of the Development Bank of Southern Africa to provide infrastructure development finance to key infrastructure sectors, such as water and sanitation, energy, transport, education, health and ICT beyond the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), that is, to the rest of the African continent.

This step will in our view go a long way towards enhancing trade, economic growth and development on [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the National Assembly: Baleka Mbete

September 18th, 2014|

by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly
Honourable Deputy-Chairperson

Honourable Deputy President

Honourable Ministers and Deputy-Ministers Honourable Members

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) endorses the motion of no confidence in the current Speaker, Baleka Mbete, on grounds already presented in this house.

Before she was elected into office, the Speaker is on record distorting and attacking outcomes of the Public Protector’s investigations on Nkandla. This distortion and attack has since been sustained by the organisation she presides over [...]

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Motion without Notice: Toddler Dies In Drain

September 16th, 2014|

Motion without Notice in the National Assembly by CN Majeke, MP
Subject: Toddler Dies In Drain

I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM): that the house:
(1) notes that on Saturday, 13 September of 2014, a toddler in Uitenhage died after falling into an uncovered storm water drain;

(2) further notes that the residents in the community are reported to have frequently complained to the municipality that [...]

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Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home

September 16th, 2014|

Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home by CN Filtane (MP)

I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM): that the house:
(1) Notes that on the evening of Tuesday the 9th of September 2014, Buffalo City Ward Councillor, Gideon Norexe’s house was allegedly burnt into ashes by angry residents.

(2) Further notes that incidence took place just two weeks after the alleged [...]

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High incidence of violence and abuse against women and children

September 11th, 2014|

Address by Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly regarding the high incidence of violence and abuse against women and children

Hon Speaker, and Honourable Members

Twenty years into our democracy, our women and children continue to be victims of gender and child abuse. We still need a radical social paradigm shift about gender – equality that should usher in a new generation of women and men working together to create a human world order [...]

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Motion without notice on Bryan Habana in the National Assembly

September 11th, 2014|

I move without notice on behalf the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) move without notice: That the house

(1) Notes that Brayan Habana, who was born on the 12 June 1983 in Benoni, Johannesburg, Gauteng has contributed significantly on the field of play, Rugby.

(2) Habana has proved without reasonable doubts his talent when in 2007 Rugby World Cup was named one of the best players and at the time he was 24 [...]

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Incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court 10 September 2014

September 11th, 2014|

Motion without notice in the National Assembly on 11 September 2014 by ML Filtane, MP

Motion without notice on the incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court yesterday, 10 September 2014

I hereby move, on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) move without notice, that the house;

(1) Notes the incident which unfolded at the Mthatha High Court yesterday where two dangerous suspects died on the scene and one official was reported [...]

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Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane

September 11th, 2014|

Motion without Notice in the National Assembly by Ms Majeke, MP Subject: Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane

I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement, that the house notes that:

Mr Ndabambi Mthenjane an unsung liberation struggle hero passed away on 28 August 2014 at his Soweto home.
Mr Mthenjane who turned 100 years on the 28 February 2014, is known for his firebrand activism with unlimited opinions [...]

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Follow-up question: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

September 10th, 2014|

Follow up questions to the Governance Cluster – Question 107 – Hon Filtane – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Minster, the Auditor General’s Report (2012-13) for municipalities shows an increase on the Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure of 31% of which 41% is attributed to EC Municipalities including the KSD Municipality wherein more than R7 m has been reported to have been spent irregularly, unauthorised and fruitlessly. What is the department’s plan to deal with what [...]

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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 [...]

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UDM: Why can’t the Dalai Lama visit South Africa?

September 4th, 2014|

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BONGANI MSOMI, UDM SECRETARY GENERAL

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wants to know why the Dalai Lama is, yet again, barred from entering South Africa. Maybe it’s third time lucky?

How ironic that a peaceful leader, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, cannot visit South Africa to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, whilst we are proud of those South Africans who have been bestowed the same honour.

Now [...]

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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 [...]

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Statement by the Minister of Finance on retirement fund rumours

September 4th, 2014|

Address by Mr NL Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly
Hon Speaker and honourable Members

Savings and Investment are critical tools for a sustainable economic development and improvement of conditions of life of all nations.

The reported shift from the panic “I can’t afford the cost of living” to action; cutting back on spending and paying down or avoiding debts and invest more, is a positive development, however, it is enabling few from urban and historical [...]

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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 [...]

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