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Zuma must go

February 3rd, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa Zuma has no respect for the people of this country. He has embarrassed his own colleagues in the ruling party, in the process compromised the morale fibre of this country. His pronouncement is nothing less of electioneering. The people of South Africa must continue to hold the President and government to account. His attempt to want to avoid further embarrassment and ridicule by the Constitutional Court, should be [...]

UDM calls for Commission Of Inquiry on ARV crisis, Free State

February 1st, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi. UDM Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement (UDM), we are stunned by the dire situation of ARV treatment shortage for HIV positive patients in the Free State province. The problem has led to many patients defaulting on their treatment as they have not received medication since October last year while at some parts of the province the problem began as early as June. We cannot fold our arms and [...]

KSD READY FOR 2016 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

January 28th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by UDM KSD Electoral Task Team The UDM in the KSD is ready for the 2016 Local Government Elections. Guided by our national manifesto, which was adopted and launched in our 5th National Congress held in December 2015; we are finalising our localised KSD version of the manifesto. In our local manifesto, we will focus on Good Governance. In this regard, the rule of law shall be a system on which proper local [...]

UDEMWO has no confidence in police

January 26th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are shocked and saddened to hear that no arrests have been made on the recent rape attacks against two female students at the University of Cape Town. As women we are left with a question of how many innocent women must fall victim of this horrendous crime before swift actions can be taken to put an end to this and protect them. We are even more [...]

UDM welcomes the appointment of new Police Commissioners

January 22nd, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the appointment of the two Commissioners, Lieutenant General Baile Brenda Motswenyane who will be at the helm of the North West Police while Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Elvis Julathe will be in control of the gangster riddled Western Cape Province. We hope that the newly appointed Commissioners will bring a positive change and turn things around in the provinces and in the [...]

Public Protector must investigate Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

January 20th, 2016|2015 Archive, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|

The Public Protector Hillcrest Office Park 175 Lunnon Street Pretoria 0001 Dear Advocate Madonsela  REQUEST FOR AN URGENT INVESTIGATION: Public Investment Corporation (PIC). I take this opportunity to welcome and wish you and your office, a very successful year in the service of the nation, in 2016. In this regard, I wish to table the following matter with you, so that you may investigate it appropriately for the benefit of the South African public. I [...]

UDM calls for National Pension Fund Forum

January 20th, 2016|Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President – MP, Bantu Holomisa The furore on the Tax Laws Amendment Act and Tax Administration requires an action by all contributors. This is more urgent given that the Public Investment Corporation Fund is now targeted as the next stop for huge transactions to the ruling party and its big business friends. UDM calls for a National Pension Fund Forum which will amongst others, consider the following: • Monitoring of all [...]

ANC must refrain from violence

January 20th, 2016|Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Bongani Msomi As the United Democratic Movement, we are disappointed by the ANC member, Bongani Mkongi, who holds a high position in the ruling party who took to social media calling upon ANC members for the burning and killing of innocent lives that were inside a block of flats where a ”Zuma Must Fall” banner was hung. This is unacceptable. His comments have shown clearly that the ruling party [...]

Christmas and New Year’s message from Bantu Holomisa

December 24th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Fellow South Africans, I herewith extend my heartfelt wishes for a peaceful 2015/2016 festive season. As we bid farewell to this year we are appreciative of our achievements and mindful of the challenges we face. 2015 was a good year for the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the nation. It is a year in which my family and I celebrated my 60th birthday. My extended family and friends celebrated this achievement both in Gauteng and [...]

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Newly elected UDM national office bearers

December 14th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is pleased to announce the new leadership that will be at the helm of the Party for the next five years. The new leadership is as follows: President: Bantu Holomisa Deputy President: Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala Chairperson: Zolisa Lavisa Deputy Chairperson: Mncedisi Filtane Secretary General: Bongani Msomi Deputy Secretary General: Bongani Maqungwana National Treasury: Thandi Nontenja National Financial Planner Fundraiser: Maureen Vogel National Organiser: Bongani Phenyane National Deputy Organisers: Moyiseli Nkcinkca & James Ndlovu

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UDM 5th National Congress resolutions

December 13th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Having met on its 5th Congress, the United Democratic Movement strives to create a South African government that responds to the socio-economic challenges confronting the nation. The UDM fifth Congress laid another brick towards building a firm foundation for the development and fine-tuning of Party policies on wide ranging issues of the nation. The Congress was extremely concerned with the rate of corruption within our country that has reached a stage of being a threat [...]

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UDM Manifesto 2016 Municipal Elections

December 13th, 2015|2016 Election Campaign, Home|

Message of the UDM President of the UDM, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP Dear Voter This is our opportunity to demonstrate on a local level that there are solutions to the challenges that face us. United in our desire to create better villages, towns and cities, we can light the way and show which policies should be applied nationally. We have it within our power to affect changes that will result in genuine improvements in the [...]

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Address by Bantu Holomisa, MP delivered at UDM 5th National Congress In Bloemfontein

December 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|

Honoured guests, members, viewers at home, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to stand in front of you today, on behalf of the National Leadership, to report to back to you on our performance over the past five years. Chairperson, You will recall that the UDM was established at a time when the climate was not conducive to the formation of opposition parties in South Africa. As a result, we lost many comrades, such as [...]

UDM National Congress – Discussion document – State of the Nation

December 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Discussion Documents, Home|

In preparation of the 5th UDM National Congress from 11 to 13 December 2015, the UDM issues the following discussion document on the State of the Nation. "A lot has been done since then to change the political, social and economic landscape for the better. It is true that much has been accomplished, but – for instance - when the ANC government claims to have built more houses, they should admit that more people have [...]

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UDEMWO pleased by SCA verdict

December 3rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM, Women's Issues|

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is delighted by the new ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal that has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder of Reeva Steenkamp. As UDEMWO, we welcome this verdict. The overturning of the court judgement brings hope in the justice system and to women and children that are victims of crime. We hope that the justice system will continue to deal with lawbreakers and not be lenient against [...]

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State of the Organisation – towards the UDM 5th National Congress

October 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Discussion Documents, Home|

In preparation of the National Congress of the United Democratic Movement, this discussion document was developed to allow members to assess the state of the organisation from their point of view and engage in discussion to ensure active participation at the Party's National Congress in December 2015   "We once again have the opportunity to give an account of the work done over the past five years. It was in December 2010, that a gathering [...]

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President Zuma to look into issues raised by General Holomisa

July 17th, 2015|Archives, Issues|

Issued by the Office of the Presidency President Jacob Zuma has assigned the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) to look into the issues raised by United Democratic Movement leader and Member of Parliament, Gen. Bantu Holomisa on the challenges facing Moretele Local Municipality, in the North West Province. General Holomisa has written to the President raising concerns about service delivery matters such as water and sanitation, roads infrastructure, public works programmes and general [...]

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UDEMWO is devastated by the recent horrific attack against a 14 year old girl in Grabouw

July 16th, 2015|Archives, Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General   As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) we are devastated by the recent attack on the 14 year old girl in Grabouw, Western Cape. We would like to convey our message of support and wish her a speedy recovery from this horrific attack. This young girl has shown bravery after her brutal attack and was able to name the culprit. This incident is taking us [...]

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Letter to President Jacob Zuma by UDM President Bantu Holomisa – SORRY STATE OF MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN URGENT NEED OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION

July 15th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|

Mr JG Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhuys Private Bag X 1000 Cape Town 8000 Dear Honourable President, RE: SORRY STATE OF MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN URGENT NEED OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION The above mentioned matter has reference. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a community meeting by the Concerned Residents of Moretele Local Municipality in North West Province. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and find solutions to [...]

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Department of Correctional Service is letting down the nation

July 14th, 2015|Archives, Issues|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi -  UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the growing number of prisoners escaping in correctional facilities throughout the country, which sometimes becomes a clear indication that Correctional Service officials might have got a hand in these acts. This has also caused the public to lose hope on state organs due to victims becoming vulnerable and more susceptive to crime, after the culprits have escaped from [...]

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UDM PRESIDENT BANTU HOLOMISA REQUESTS AN INVESTIGATION BY PUBLIC PROTECTOR THULI MADONSELA : DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

July 10th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|

The Public Protector Hillcrest Office Park 175 Lunnon Street Pretoria 0001   Dear Advocate Madonsela   REQUEST FOR AN INVESTIGATION: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE - SCHOLAR TRANSPORT. I take this opportunity to table the following matter with you, so that you may please investigate it appropriately for the benefit of the South African public. I have anonymously received the attached information alleging maladministration within the Eastern Cape Department of Transport with regard [...]

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Letter by President Bantu Holomisa, MP to President Jacob Zuma – UDM proposes a way forward for Marikana Massacre

July 7th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|

Mr J G Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhys Private Bag x 1000 Cape Town 8000   Dear Honourable President, RE: UDM propose a way forward for Marikana Massacre August 16, 2015 marks the third anniversary of the Marikana massacre. The Marikana massacre stands out as the worst case of police brutality in the post-Apartheid South Africa, where more than 30 miners were massacred by the South African Police for demanding a [...]

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UDEMWO CALLS FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION ON SAINT BARNABAS HOSPITAL, EASTERN CAPE

June 22nd, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are angered by the ignorance and inhumane treatment by the health workers at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape. Refusing to pay attention to a sickly person is something else but refusing to render the necessary help for a rape victim is grossly inhumane. Rape issue is a very sensitive matter and the more you do [...]

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UDEMWO IS PLEASED BY THE COURT’S DECISION TO DENY BAIL AGAINST CHRISTOPHER PANAYIOTOU

June 12th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the way National Prosecuting Authority has so far handled the Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused case of murdering the innocent Jayde Panayiotou. Panayiotou and the men accused of killing this young woman do not deserve to be back in our communities as they pose a danger not only to the community but to those close to them. [...]

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SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: MEMBER’S STATEMENT

June 5th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly   Hon Speaker and members As we begin the 39 Anniversary of the Youth month, it is important that we focus on the critical challenges confronting young women. Many young women remain targets for gender based violence. The recent UN, 2010 report, on violence against women in Africa indicates that the scourge of violence against women in Africa is still largely rampant, but hidden beneath [...]

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SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 23: Police

June 4th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP - EC in the National NCOP   Hon Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 23 on POLICE. The incident at the Alexandra police station yesterday is a cause for great concern. Not less than four lives have been lost in a short space of time. More disturbing is that the shooting of a wife, two relatives and a police officer took place at [...]

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REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE

June 4th, 2015|Archives|

TO: Honourable Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development CC: Honourable Elsie Mmathulare Coleman, Chair PC on Economic Development FROM: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Dear Honourable Minister Patel, RE: REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE The abovementioned matter has reference. Thank you for the interest you have shown on this matter. This letter highlights some of the challenges faced by renewable energy investors, whose projects are situated in former Homeland areas of [...]

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Debate: Budget Vote 2 Parliament

June 2nd, 2015|Archives, Speeches|

Address by  Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly UDM Chief Whip Madame Speaker and Honourable Members, A race to the bottom is currently underway in our Parliament. Today in this House, we engage and deal with our Nation’s challenges, less according to national interests and the need to create a better life for all, but more according to cheap political point scoring and vote maximisation at all costs, and mostly according to the [...]

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Message from the President of the United Democratic Movement on the 41st Anniversary of Inkatha Freedom Party

June 1st, 2015|Archives, Speeches|

Address by UDM President, Mr BH Holomisa- MP Master of ceremonies, President of the IFP, Mr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the leadership of the party, members and supporters Indeed, none amongst South Africans, people of the continent and the world over, can deny the immerse contribution that this wonderful party has made in the fight for freedom in our life time. You have made a great contribution to bring the kind of South Africa we all celebrate [...]

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SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Debate on vote 01: Presidency

May 26th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|

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 [...]

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UDM SYMPATHISE WITH THE MARIKANA MASSACRE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES

May 26th, 2015|Archives, Issues|

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 [...]

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ETOLL IS JUST MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME FOR GREEDY INDIVIDUALS

May 22nd, 2015|Archives, Issues|

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 [...]

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

May 21st, 2015|Archives, Speeches|

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 [...]

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SPORT AND POLITICS CANNOT GO TOGETHER

May 20th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

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 [...]

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Link between civil disobedience and poor service delivery

August 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|

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|2014 Archive, Speeches|

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. [...]

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UDEMWO calls for swift action by MEC Qedani Mahlangu

November 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued  by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by the news of a possible risk of babies going blind due to power outage at one of the biggest hospitals in Africa, Chris Hani Baragwanath. It is with great sadness that such an unfortunate event is not taken serious by the health authorities instead the Department of Health in Gauteng is busy playing hide and seek while [...]

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