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Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

2017-04-26T13:02:43+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Western Cape High Court ruling in favour of the case brought against Government by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute. This ruling is a good lesson for Government to understand and accept that accountability and transparency are non-negotiable Constitutional dictates. Government must stop trying to sneak such deals without the knowledge of the people. [...]

ANC must stop looting state resources

2017-04-26T09:50:02+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi Eastern Cape is one of the worst struggling provinces with severe challenges such as poor infrastructure. It is with great sadness that we observe those who are in power abusing resources meant for uplifting the poor. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is however happy to note that action has been taken against those who allegedly stole from the state purse. The recent court appearance of the [...]

“Leading in the South African context” Bantu Holomisa’s presentation at the Spar Gala Dinner in Durban

2017-04-25T18:40:34+00:00 April 25th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches, Zumagate|

1. What is leadership? If we accept that leadership is a process of social influence which maximises efforts of others towards achievement of a goal, what does it mean in the South African context?   2. What is the South African “goal” Surely it is to give expression to South Africa’s Constitution; specifically, the Bill of Rights. The Country’s basic vision, as detailed in the Constitution, includes our various personal freedoms, property and labour rights, [...]

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 [...]

UDM condemns police killings

2017-04-21T17:30:33+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement (UDM) sends condolences to the family and friends of the brutally killed police officers while on duty. As UDM, we note with shock and concern the increasing numbers of officials killed throughout the country. The recent killings bring much alarm and it warrants that something should be done urgently. We cannot carry on as if nothing happened. The attack on police is an [...]

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

2017-04-21T18:43:03+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 [...]

Political intolerance : Councillors involved in Johannesburg violence

2017-04-19T11:12:20+00:00 April 19th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

STATEMENT ISSUED BY UDM JOHANNESBURG COUNCILLOR, MS THANDI NONTENJA The political scene in the Greater Johannesburg City Council leaves much to be desired. The fact that an Integrated Development Plan summit in Midrand was violently disrupted and resulted in the injury of several persons is deplorable. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) takes a dim view of this kind of political intolerance which harks back to a violent past and we condemn it in no uncertain [...]

Towards a National Convention, the UDM writes to leaders of political parties and civil society #OneVision

2017-04-18T07:05:41+00:00 April 18th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters|

Dear Leaders A NATIONAL CONVENTION: THE UDM’s VIEWS ON SOLUTIONS TO THE CRISIS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND LOOKING BEYOND MARCHING FOR THE REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT ZUMA 1. Introduction When South Africans marched under the leadership of the opposition parties at the National Day of Action (12 April 2017), I advised that we cannot march forever, but that we must find a way to converge under one roof to discuss South Africa’s future. The United Democratic [...]

UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday

2017-04-16T15:13:54+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General As we approach the holiday season, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on drivers to be more vigilant and ensure that travellers reach their destination safe. We must curb the incidents of road rage; drivers and passengers must not be impatient. Pedestrians also must abide by the law and rather use bridges to cross highways. They must also not jay-walk while intoxicated. Let there be no injuries [...]

#ZumaMustFall: National Day of Action, UDM President Mr BH Holomisa, MP addresses the masses

2017-04-12T13:33:08+00:00 April 12th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|

• My colleagues in other political parties, • Leaders of civil society organisations, • Fellow South Africans from all walks of life! 1. Welcome: • On behalf of the organisers, I welcome each one of you who have made the effort to be here today. • Your presence, as well the wishes of many other freedom-loving South Africans who could not be present, is a testimony that this cause is just. • We should be [...]

UDM condemns ANC Youth League political intolerance

2017-04-10T13:01:45+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Mosmi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is stunned and disappointed by the violent behaviour displayed by the ruling party’s youth league, African National Congress Youth League towards anti-Zuma protesters. ANC is supposed to be the custodian of our constitution which guarantees the freedom of association. The attacks and threats are totally unacceptable. We are observing the similar behaviour even to the officials who are ANC members in [...]

#ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

2017-04-10T12:49:04+00:00 April 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Joint media statement As leaders, we shall never abandon our responsibility to put South Africa first. Accordingly, the leadership of the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Agang SA, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement have agreed to give expression to this commitment. We want to make every effort to rescue South Africa from this one-man-made quagmire. President Jacob Zuma, [...]

UDM calls for investigation into death of poisoned minors

2017-04-06T16:08:29+00:00 April 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to convey a message of condolence to the families of two minors that were killed after an alleged consumption of food poison in the Western Cape meanwhile others are still in a critical condition in hospital. This is tragic and we are calling for a speedy investigation into finding the origins of the food they had ingested and someone [...]

Understanding the UDM, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program

2017-04-06T12:38:18+00:00 April 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Speeches|

• Programme Director, • Future Leaders, • Ladies and Gentlemen. 1. Introduction Before I launch into the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) vision and policy on certain issues, I want to sketch a bit of background of how we started, since that informs much of our policy and work. Almost twenty years ago, after I was unceremoniously expelled from the African National Congress (ANC), I started a consultation process with South Africans on the need for [...]

UDEMWO condemns attacks on young Cape Town girls

2017-04-05T15:45:03+00:00 April 5th, 2017|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 and disturbed by the recent brutal rape and murder of 11-year-old Stacha Arendse whose body was found dumped in an open field not far from her home in Tafelsig. This atrocity happened within just a few days after the body of murdered Rene Tracy Roman (13), was discovered in a house on the same street where she [...]

UDM writes to Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence to request urgent meeting to quiz origins of the so-called Intelligence Report

2017-04-04T12:48:44+00:00 April 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Intelligence, Open Letters, Zumagate|

Dear Mr Nqakula REQUEST FOR URGENT MEETING: JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE The above matter refers. In my capacity as a member of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, I request that you convene an urgent meeting of the Committee to consider the widely reported and circulated ‘Intelligence Report’ [the Report] that purportedly has been the central reason for the change of leadership in the National Treasury. In order for the Committee to be [...]

Negative impact of Zuma’s cabinet shuffle: South Africa hits junk status

2017-04-03T19:20:27+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has caused “radical economic transformation” of a different kind with Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global announcement that South Africa's sovereign credit rating has been downgraded to BB+. We might as well use the term “junk status” to describe our government. Mr Zuma bandies this phrase about, making a sweeping statement, without any clear policy detailing what his radical economic transformation entails. This not only confuses South Africans, but any international would-be [...]

#ZumaMustFall: Opposition united behind putting SA first

2017-04-03T18:58:40+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment, Zumagate|

Opposition Programme of Action This Programme of Action stems from already existing partnerships and other ad hoc co-operation arrangements which exist in the country’s metros and other municipalities, where the Opposition governs for all residents, regardless of their political affiliation. The opposition-led metros serve as important platforms to show what the Opposition can do for the people of South Africa, which present a tangible example of the work that we can do, when we united [...]

UDM Chief Whip asks the NA Speaker for urgent debate on President Zuma motion of no confidence

2017-04-03T19:45:39+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|

Dear Madam Speaker 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 With his unexplained, and seemingly unilateral, cabinet reshuffle the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr JG Zuma, has effectively relegated the South African economy to junk status. Whether he considered the consequences his decision seems doubtful. South Africans will [...]

April Fool’s joke? Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle

2017-03-31T01:16:52+00:00 March 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement has noted President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle. The appointment of Malusi Gigaba as the new minister of finance is disconcerting, because of his clear association with the Gupta family. President Zuma is strengthening his hold on cabinet with the appointment of Sfiso Buthelezi as Gigaba’s deputy and it won’t be surprising if people start dismissing these two as indunas from the palace whose main objective would be to facilitate the further looting [...]

UDM mourns the loss of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada

2017-03-28T07:43:46+00:00 March 28th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|

The United Democratic Movement is saddened to hear that Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has passed away after his brief illness. Another giant has left this earth. I first met Kathy in 1989, in Mthatha, just after his and his comrades’ release from Robben Island. I was impressed with his quiet fortitude and dignity. He was part of a crop of leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) that we will forever idealise because of their [...]

The People’s Parliament must get its priorities right: Parliamentary oversight visits are not properly resourced

2017-03-27T13:40:11+00:00 March 27th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Parliamentary oversight|

Letter written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, from Mr N Kwankwa, MP (UDM Chief Whip in the National Assembly) Dear Madam Speaker THE PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT MUST GET ITS PRIORITIES RIGHT: PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT VISITS ARE NOT PROPERLY RESOURCED This matter has reference. Last week, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, went to Johannesburg for an oversight visit. The visit pertained to the resolution of [...]

SASSA Constitutional Court judgement is an indictment of the Zuma Administration

2017-03-17T14:39:47+00:00 March 17th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|

statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes the Constitutional Court’s instruction that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) are under obligation to continue to pay social grants on 1 April until another entity is able to do so. The ANC government has more-or-less blackmailed the Constitutional Court, for if it should have happened that social grants were not paid on time, Government [...]

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Human Rights Day 2017 debate

2017-03-16T17:02:42+00:00 March 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Human rights, Speeches|

Address by Mr LB Gaehler, UDM Member of Parliament in the National Council of Provinces: Eastern Cape Honourable Chairperson, and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) acknowledges that we, as a Country, have come far in terms of ensuring that all South Africans enjoy equal human rights. For that we are thankful. However, in its January world-report, Human Rights Watch said that South Africa “continued to face a number of human rights challenges” and [...]

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SA Social Agency’s grant payment crisis and the steps taken to deal with the matter

2017-03-15T16:20:02+00:00 March 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Social development and welfare, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker, and Honourable Members South Africans and, in particular, the poorest of the poor (whose livelihood by right) depend on social grants, must now place their hopes on the Constitutional Court to defend their rights and restore their dignity. The Constitutional Court must force our embarrassed government to pay the beneficiaries and to do so on time. Under normal circumstances, this matter should have been occasioned by an investigation of a judicial commission of [...]

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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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SASSA social grants chaos: Zuma and Dlamini must go

2017-03-12T13:57:17+00:00 March 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) finds the revelations by today’s Sunday Times as damning of President Jacob Zuma, as it is of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini. The Minister acted on the basis of unsolicited advice from the President’s special- and legal adviser, Mr Michael Hulley, and despite the concerns and protestations of developmental officials and the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa). She undermined and defied the sound legal advice of one of [...]

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Consideration of 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and Report of Standing Committee on Finance – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

2017-03-09T16:32:30+00:00 March 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker and Honourable members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and the Report of the Standing Committee on Finance. We appreciate that the Minister, as always, tried his best, notwithstanding the difficult circumstances occasioned by the bold call from the President for a budget that responds to the Radical Socio-Economic Transformation path as adopted by government. This was a very difficult expectation given the hard fact of [...]

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Integrity in the Public Sphere – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President)

2017-03-07T15:46:56+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Bantu Holomisa with Judge Albie Sachs • Dr Marianne Camerer, chair of this panel discussion • My co-panellist, Judge Albie Sachs • Colleagues and Emerging African Leaders 1. Learning integrity throughout my life I started my journey with integrity when I first learnt of trust, and accepting personal responsibility, as a herd-boy. Without these values, the cattle were not properly tended to and brought home safe in the evenings. In the early Seventies, [...]

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Payment of social grants to beneficiaries – statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP – UDM National Deputy Chairperson

2017-03-07T15:31:00+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s commitment in regards to the payment of social grants on the 1st of April 2017. However, South Africans must not be blinded. This is a self-created crisis by the most uncaring and reckless administration we have had since the dawn of democracy. After the appearance by the Minister of Social Development in front of the Scopa Parliamentary Committee on Tuesday the 7th of March 2017, UDM [...]

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UDM calls for effective rescue on the mine accident in Boksburg – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

2017-03-03T11:59:34+00:00 March 1st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SA Mining Industry|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the horrible accident of the 5-year-old boy who fell into a mine shaft while playing with friends in Boksburg last Saturday. The UDM calls for effective rescue assistance in making sure that the boy is brought back. We cannot allow a similar incident to that of Lilly Mine be repeated where mine workers were never recovered with authorities implying instability of the ground. A lot more effort [...]

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UDM condemns attacks on foreign nationals – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

2017-03-03T11:54:28+00:00 February 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns in strongest terms the violent march that is currently taking place in Pretoria and surroundings. The march that was allegedly aimed at highlighting the high level of crimes engulfing our country and it is believed that these crimes are perpetrated by foreign nationals who are in the country illegally. As an Organisation, we understand where our people are coming from. There is no employment, human trafficking and prostitution are [...]

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Socio-political impact on Governance, Risk and Compliance Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the ITWeb Governance, Risk and Compliance 2017

2017-03-03T11:46:14+00:00 February 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|

• Programme Director, • Colleagues, • Ladies and Gentlemen 1. Introduction When discussing Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC ) we must consider socio-political issues. It might be an obvious thing to state, but whether we like it or not social attitudes and political policy decisions, are the frames within which we must work to assure that our organisations (public or private) meet their objectives. GRC as a discipline takes a dry, unemotional look at how [...]

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Bantu Holomisa addresses the UDM Regional Council in Port Elizabeth

2017-03-09T16:33:34+00:00 February 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Speeches|

• National and Provincial leaders of the UDM, • Regional and Local UDM leaders, • UDM Public Representatives • Members of the United Democratic Movement 1. Ascendancy Profile - organisational programme for 2017 The National Council of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), held on the 3rd of December 2016, took the time to discuss the challenges we would face in the wake of the August 2016 Municipal Elections and to map the way forward towards [...]

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Competition Commission: Major banks must pay for any possible misdeeds

2017-02-21T14:45:48+00:00 February 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the findings of the Competition Commission regarding 17 major banks operating in South Africa accused of price fixing in international markets and manipulating the South African currency. The Competition Commission has been courageous in its fight against corruption, especially the private sector. Most of its findings have withstood scrutiny and we therefore believe that in this instance it has also done its work with precision. Once this is confirmed [...]

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Address by Lennox Gaehler in Parliament: UDM reply on the State of the Nation Address(SONA) 2017

2017-02-21T14:12:07+00:00 February 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, SONA, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker, Honourable President and Members The task of creating a developmental state where the primary mandate is to build an inclusive economy by fundamentally changing the status quo in favour of the poor majority, who find themselves in the rural hinterland, is now more urgent than ever before. Further and any unnecessary delay will have grave consequences for our hard-won freedom and the governability of state. In this regard, South Africa must indeed review [...]

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Address by Bantu Holomisa in Parliament: debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017

2017-02-21T14:02:43+00:00 February 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker, Honourable President and Members   As we enter the 23rd year of our democracy, we see a rise in the levels of anxiety and anger among citizens, with anarchy knocking at our door. Notwithstanding these trends, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) acknowledges the great strides South Africa has made since 1994.   The most disturbing reality is that we see an increase in the politics of patronage, uncontrollable corruption, the collapse of government [...]

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President Zuma is considering a judicial inquiry into South African major banks in favour of the Gupta Family

2016-11-23T18:19:12+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is appalled to learn that President Zuma is considering establishing a judicial inquiry into the closure of the bank accounts of the Guptas’ Oakbay Investments. The President confirmed this after being asked the following straight-forward question during the oral question session in Parliament on 23 November 2016: “Mr. President, on the 2nd September 2016, you told the nation that the statement made by Minister Zwane was not representing presidency, cabinet [...]

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