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SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Debate on vote 01: Presidency

May 26th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP

Hon Speaker and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote.

Mr President, during the State of the Nation Address you declared the year 2015 as the “… year of unity in Action to Advance Economic Freedom”.

However, what is not clear, is a common and simple programme that binds the entire society behind this vision. For instance, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee’s work is not known by all citizens. We need […]

UDM SYMPATHISE WITH THE MARIKANA MASSACRE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES

May 26th, 2015|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Bongani Msomi

The decision to take President Jacob Zuma to court by the family members, injured workers of the Marikana massacre and AMCU is the best action to force Zuma to release the findings of the investigation. As the United Democratic Movement, we are in full support of this decision and we hope he will realise the importance of the findings being made public as it is not just a […]

ETOLL IS JUST MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME FOR GREEDY INDIVIDUALS

May 22nd, 2015|

Statement by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP

It should be remembered that when Parliament approved guarantees for staging 2010 World Cup, as per Fifa demands. These guarantees were intended among others to improve stadiums, road infrastructure in the host cities. At no stage did parliament or government implied that such an expenditure would be claimed back by the state through schemes such as etolling. What is coming out clearly here is that some comrades became […]

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Debate on vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans

May 21st, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP

Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members

The United Democratic Movement support budget vote 19 on Defence and Military Veterans.

In appreciation of the work of the Defence Force Service Commission, which has been presented to this parliament previously and being privileged to be its member; I would like to appeal to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, to convene a brainstorming session involving the Minister, Commission, Secretary for Defence and the […]

SPORT AND POLITICS CANNOT GO TOGETHER

May 20th, 2015|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General

On behalf of the United Democratic Movement, I wish to congratulate Dr Danny Jordaan for his appointment as Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Metro, Port Elizabeth. He is a well-known figure especially in the soccer fraternity and has achieved a lot in his life including being the President of South African Football Association, serving in FIFA and other Committees in Sport.

However, as much as we don’t have […]

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 of the […]

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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 have […]

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SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 40 on Sport and Recreation

May 21st, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP

Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote 40.

• Sports and partisan politics have always been uncomfortable with each other in South Africa since the old days of Peter Hein in apartheid times.

• A careful balancing act has to be found by either party in order for equilibrium to be struck. Between the two there are gladiators, spectators, administrators and sponsors (either potential or actual) because each […]

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 31: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

May 21st, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP

Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports the budget.

• Welcome the political shift for business rescue from big business into Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME). This will help to remove the strain associated with the SMME sector so that it can be able to deliver on the expectations of the National Development Plan with regard to the creation of job opportunities.

• Whilst we intensify the creation of […]

CONDOLENCE MOTION

May 20th, 2015|

FOR THE LATE Ms Ruth Mompati, former MP
ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke MP

Hon Speaker

Honourable Members

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) extends its heartfelt condolence to the family, the ANC and friends of the late member of the National Assembly Ms Ruth Mompati.

A heroin with a good sense of humour and respect of mankind, a towering icon who was exemplary to our nation has fallen.

Mme Mompati was blessed with resilience beyond measure. She was obedient to her […]

UDEMWO IS CALLING ON PARENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON CHILDREN

May 14th, 2015|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried about the growing numbers of children missing throughout the country. Everyday we hear of these missing children and most of them go missing while playing around their communities.

This shows clearly that our children are no longer safe in their own communities. We are calling on parents to keep a closer look on their children and members of the community […]

DR RUTH MOMPATI WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF IMBOKODO

May 12th, 2015|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the death of the struggle veteran Dr Ruth Mompati. We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mam’ Ruth. She was a true representation of Imbokodo and as women in South Africa, we are forever grateful.

She gave and served the country tirelessly when South Africa was experiencing hardships. Mam Ruth […]

LETTER BY Mr LB Gaehler, MP TO MINISTER BATHABILE DLAMINI – CONCERNS ABOUT ABUSE OF CHILD GRANT – HILLCREST, MTHATHA, EASTERN CAPE

May 8th, 2015|

Ms B Dlamini
Minister of Social Development
120 Plein Street
Room 1039, 10th Floor
Cape Town
8000
Dear Ms Minister
CONCERNS ABOUT ABUSE OF CHILD GRANT – HILLCREST, MTHATHA, EASTERN CAPE

1. The above matter has reference.

2. Numerous reports have been given to me verbally about the abuse children grand in Hillcrest suburb in Mthatha Eastern Cape.

3. It is alleged that many of the people who receives child grant are not using them in accordance with the relevant prescripts and as such children […]

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 11 on Public Works

May 7th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP

Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports the budget. However we want to drive home the following important issues for the department to pay the necessary attention to, during the current financial season.

• For the financial year 2014/15, the Minister committed the department to creation of over a million work opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme as a contribution to the overall commitment to create 6 million […]

UDEMWO CALLS FOR REVIEWAL OF THE PAROLE SYSTEM

May 7th, 2015|

Statement by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation condemns the gruesome killings of women throughout the country. We are also calling on the Department of Correctional Service to explain how the parole system works. One of the accused in the recent murder case of the young teacher, Jayde Panayiotou in Eastern Cape has been in and out of prison for serious cases which include robbery and possession of illegal firearm which […]

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 14 on Basic Education

May 6th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke MP

Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports the budget. However we want to drive home the following important issues for the department to pay the necessary attention to.

• As part of consolidating the transformation of the basic education sector and improve the quality of product thereof, the department should seriously consider the taking over the Early Childhood Development from the Department of Social Development and integrate this phase […]

FREEDOM DAY DEBATE

May 6th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly

Hon Speaker and members

The struggle for total freedom is a Nation’s struggle, fought from all corners of society. People; individually, collectively and through organised voluntary associations and other organs, fought for a free South Africa either by default or by design.

The circumstances under which we celebrate the 21st Anniversary of our democracy, necessitate that we draw lessons from some of the fundamental ingredients that made the […]

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: State Security Vote 7

May 6th, 2015|

Address by Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly

Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members

The security of a nation demands well-informed citizens backed up by highly trained security forces as well as enforcement of efficient and effective professionalism across the board.

This is one area where the government cannot afford to fail and it should not be left to chance especially when appointing personnel in key state departments. The internal tension between and within some in the […]