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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 [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

#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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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