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University of Zululand:Vulnerability of Students

2019-09-18T08:55:02+02:00September 18th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Issues, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN, Youth Issues|

  Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement notes with concern the vulnerability of students who resides in private accommodations that are not part of the university’s residences and it supports the initiative of students for embarking on a protest demonstration. The students opt to lodge or stay at private accommodation because the university is failing to provide with them adequate accommodation in its residences. They do not have a choice but for [...]

Open Letter to President Ramaphosa: Gender-based violence

2019-09-10T10:10:04+02:00September 10th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDEMWO, Open Letters, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|

  Ms Thandi Nontenja Dear Mr President Recently, the country has been ravaged by news of gender based violence, women being abducted, raped and murdered. This is an everyday life for women in this country hence now we have the #AmInext movement, because honestly we are constantly stressing about who is going to be a victim of these atrocities ravaging our communities. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation call on you Mr President, [...]

Violence against women: Punishment of women abusers is a laughing stock

2019-09-03T14:59:19+02:00September 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Xenophobia, Youth Issues|

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organization is disheartened by violence against women and children that is currently taking place throughout South Africa, Uyinene Mrwetyana a young girl who had a bright future was deprived an opportunity to achieve her goals and dreams, she didn’t just die, she was brutally murdered. Jeighandre Jegels a boxing champion from the Eastern Cape was also killed by her Police Officer boyfriend. A body [...]

UDM statement on the IFP’s newly elected leadership

2019-08-28T11:17:13+02:00August 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Issues, UDM statements: KZN|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to congratulate the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on its successful National Elective Congress held from the 23rd to the 25th of August, 2019. It is heartening that this National Elective Congress was able to elect a new leadership without any issues. The UDM would like to also commend the retired Party President, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi for [...]

Old SA flag: The Equality Court missed an opportunity

2019-08-23T13:31:38+02:00August 23rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Democracy and electoral reform, Human rights|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes with concern the recent ruling by the Equality Court on the matter between The National Mandela Foundation Trust and with Afriforum NPC and others. The UDM is of the view that the relief sought and eventually acceded to by the Deputy Judge President of the High Court was very generous and too broad. The idea of allowing a flag which was [...]

Reflection on the deployment of the SANDF in the Western Cape

2019-08-21T13:47:16+02:00August 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Defence, Home|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is aware that it has been several weeks since the deployment of the soldiers in some of the gang war areas in the Western Cape and the sad part is that the killings or the number of people being killed brutally in the area has not gone down. This in a way compels one to perhaps reflect on whether deployment was bad idea [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the Vote on Public Works

2019-08-23T15:31:17+02:00August 20th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Mahlati, Home, Public Works, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and members of the executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguish Guests And visitors at the gallery be greeted in Jesus naame Madam Speaker the United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the report, however Honourable Speaker, government must find a comprehensive approach on how to improve and monitor the irregular expenditure that has been increasing over the past years in this department. I am concerned [...]

Bantu Holomisa’s address at the Colloquium on Civil Military Relations in South Africa

2019-08-20T13:27:03+02:00August 20th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Defence, Home|

• Honourable Chairperson • Honourable Minister and Deputy Minister • Secretary of Defence • Fellow Committee Members and Parliamentarians • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Thank you Allow me this opportunity to thank our Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, Mr VC Xaba, MP, for the opportunity to address you today. 2. Introduction In a time of war, the politics and society are willing to accept that the military has a [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the debate on violence against women and femicide

2019-08-23T16:26:10+02:00August 16th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches, Women's Issues|

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the debate on violence against women and femicide on 16 August 2019 A very emotional issue indeed. The United Democratic Movement supports the support given by this House to fighting violence against women. Accordingly, we propose that the Zizipho Apleni be invited to come and address this house. We shall have made a powerful statement to our women that we are wholly against their abuse [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: transport

2019-08-23T16:17:52+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches, Transport|

1. Transportation plays a very critical role in the economy and livelihoods in our province. It’s all about moving goods and passengers. 2. The hot and cold relationship that this department has with the taxi industry remains, not just a matter of ongoing concern, but a risk to the above-mentioned scenario. Finally, a lasting solution needs to be found. 3. The atrocious conditions of the majority of road networks, mainly in the rural areas, [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Education

2019-08-23T16:02:05+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches|

1. The MEC’s commitment to further improve the matric results is most appreciated. The United Democratic Movement commits to support all efforts that will take our Eastern Cape learners to greater heights. However, education always exists in a world in transition. Accordingly teaching methods and curricula have got to constantly change to adapt to the changing environment both inside the classroom as well as in the outside world. 2. Let’s look at the past, [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the budget debate on Cogta

2019-08-23T15:50:54+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Mahlati, Cogta, Home|

Honourable Speaker Honourable Premier Honourable Members of the Executive Council Honourable Members of the Legislature Government officials Distinguished guests Ladies and gentleman I greet you all in the name of the Mighty Lord Jesus Christ (i) Honourable MEC you said that your priorities have been embedded into the B2B programme that your government adopted in the 5th term to consolidate support to municipalities and traditional institutions. It is only municipalities benefiting; neglecting traditional leaders, [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the budget debate on Health

2019-08-23T15:39:32+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Mahlati, Health, Home|

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the budget debate on Health on 15 August 2019 Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier and Honourable Members of the Executive, Honourable members and government officials, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the view that the budget of R25,189 billion allocated to the department of Health, if it is utilised effectively and efficiently, can go a long way in improving the quality of health services to the [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Office of the Premier

2019-08-23T16:11:08+02:00August 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Provincial Premier, Speeches|

1. This is the engine of the provincial administration which carries the aspirations of the citizens of the Eastern Cape. It is supposed to be the centre of policy formulation, implementation and coordination. It has to ensure that social and economic practise of the provincial administration are effected. However, it faces the challenge of a subdued economy inter-sphere policy conflicts, rampant maladministration, inability of both the municipalities and the government departments to manage finances [...]

UDMYV: Return of “drug mule” Babsie Nobanda

2019-08-14T14:45:22+02:00August 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Economy, Job creation, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|

  The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard would like to congratulate Nolubabalo “Babsie” Nobanda for taking her destiny into her own hands whilst imprisoned in Thailand for drug smuggling. She is returning home with a degree in communications obtained from the University of South Africa. However, we are concerned that she is coming back to a country with an alarming 29% youth unemployment, which is one of the major contributing factors to our young [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Social Development

2019-08-23T15:17:52+02:00August 13th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Social development and welfare, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and members of the executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguished Guests And visitors at the gallery be greeted in Jesus name The increase of the total budget for 2019/20 financial year is appreciated and will make a difference especially in Social Welfare Services, as most of our people, including youth, survive on this grant. Madam Speaker and Honourable Members, the issue of the [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the budget debate on economic development

2019-08-23T15:06:15+02:00August 13th, 2019|2019 Archive, Economy, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches|

1. Having tried to juxtapose the MEC‘s policy speech with his department’s operational plan driven by such a minute budget, I could only conclude that the Eastern Cape government is going nowhere. When you reduce, by as much as 25%, the budget of Treasury, what do you expect to achieve in the sickly fiscal environment? If the whole province projects a revenue of R6 billion but commits to just R1, 4 billion then psychologically, [...]

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote 12: Treasury

2019-08-23T15:06:53+02:00August 13th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches, Treasury|

1. Having tried to juxtapose the MEC‘s policy speech with his department’s operational plan driven by such a minute budget, I could only conclude that the Eastern Cape government is going nowhere. When you reduce, by as much as 25%, the budget of Treasury, what do you expect to achieve in the sickly fiscal environment? If the whole province projects a revenue of R6 billion but commits to just R1, 4 billion then psychologically, [...]

Women’s Day: 25 years on and women are still under attack

2019-08-08T17:27:51+02:00August 8th, 2019|2019 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation would like to wish every woman out there, a good Woman’s Day. We are the mothers and daughters; we are well-able and there is absolutely nothing a woman cannot do. However, how do we celebrate Women’s Month if there is, in fact, nothing to celebrate? Twenty-five years down the line and women in this country still live with a target on their backs; [...]

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Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President’s address at the BPI Foundation’s 2019 Summit

2019-08-01T15:16:30+02:00August 1st, 2019|#NationalSummit, 2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Government|

Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President’s address at the BPI Foundation’s 2019 Summit on 1 and 2 August 2019 at the Midrand Conference Centre Topic of discussion: “The oneness and shared success we seek and should aspire to as a new nation and developing country, while battling with deep wounds of our historical atrocities” • Our hosts at the BPI Foundation • Fellow speakers • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Thank you Thank you to the [...]

Special message to Minister of Police re murder of Senzo Meyiwa

2019-08-01T15:01:47+02:00August 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Police|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As the nation still mourns the passing away of Mr Sam Meyiwa, the father of the treasured footballer Senzo Meyiwa, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has a special message for Minister of Police Bheki Cele to do whatever is needed to bring to book Senzo’s murderers. The UDM notes that the minister assured the Meyiwa family that the killers would be apprehended. Minister Cele must realise that [...]

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Bantu Holomisa reacts to ANC’s Jesse Duarte statement

2019-07-31T16:44:41+02:00July 31st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa|

Ms Jesse Duarte took the opportunity to make scornful remarks about leaders who have left the African National Congress (ANC), and casting aspersion on their integrity, in an SABC “documentary”. Clearly, the SABC is still run as a subsidiary of the ANC and it still uses the public broadcaster as a publicity tool, hiding its propaganda in the guise of so-called documentaries. Ms Duarte in a recent “documentary” attacked me by calling me a dictator. [...]

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Youth unemployment can only be solved at an Economic Indaba

2019-07-30T14:29:21+02:00July 30th, 2019|#NationalSummit, 2019 Archive, Economy, Home, Job creation, Youth Issues|

Second quarter stats have shown that youth unemployment has risen significantly and President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned the citizens of this country to prepare themselves for more job losses. These pronouncements come just after the President’s famous promise of the creation of two million jobs in ten years’ time. President Ramaphosa cannot make beautiful statements in his SONA and budget speech address to only come to us a little later, saying things are not going [...]

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Butterworth school closure threatens children’s future

2019-07-25T13:19:33+02:00July 25th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is aware of the shutdown of Zanokhanyo Junior Secondary School in Butterworth because of dilapidation. This illustrates the failure by the Eastern Cape and National Department of Education. On a daily basis, the ANC-led government emphasizes how important education is, but the condition of schools in the villages leaves a lot to be desired. Government does not walk the talk. The Eastern Cape [...]

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Holomisa writes to PIC Commission re alleged R2.5m personal loan from VBS to Dr Dan Matjila, former PIC boss

2019-07-08T10:40:08+02:00July 8th, 2019|#PICScandal, 2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters|

Dear Advocate Lubbe SC DR DAN MATJILA’S EXPECTED TESTIMONY AT THE MPATI COMMISSION: FURTHER GERMANE INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM A WHISTLE-BLOWER I herewith acknowledge receipt of your email, dated 6 July 2019, wherein you informed me that - according to the rules of the commission of inquiry into allegations of impropriety regarding the Public Investment Corporation (‘the Commission’) - I may today be implicated in evidence to be submitted by Dr Dan Matjila, former Chief [...]

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The UDM in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the IFP to come clean on its forever lasting investigation of its uMzinyathi District Municipality Mayor

2019-07-03T16:49:48+02:00July 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Government, Home, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN|

On 24 May 2019, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) exposed, in the form of recordings, the until then, widely speculated allegations of corruption of the Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) uMzinyathi District Municipality Mayor. The allegations pertained to the siphoning off of funds from that municipality. In an Isolezwe newspaper article on the 3rd of June, IFP Spokesperson, Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa, was quoted saying that the IFP was investigating the matter. On 7 June, during a [...]

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Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA on the 28th June 2019 delivered by the Honourable Mncedisi Filtane, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

2019-07-03T17:35:50+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, SOPA, Speeches|

1. We would like to take this opportunity as the United Democratic Movement and formally congratulate you on your crowning as the Premier. However, William Shakespeare once scribed in Julius Caesar, if my memory serves me well: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown’’. You will be no exception to this notion. Let us dissect the beast you presented to us. 2. The route to solving most social challenges lies in an inclusive [...]

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Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA delivered by the Honourable FG Mahlati, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

2019-07-03T19:32:34+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SOPA|

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and Members of the Executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguished guests and visitors at the gallery Be greeted in Jesus’ name. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you, we wish you all of the best and happiness in your new venture, may this journey take you to the way of success. The Eastern Cape is faced with many challenges, like poor housing [...]

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Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

2019-06-28T13:05:56+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil Disobedience, Housing and Human Settlements, Human rights, Media statements: UDM|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement has observed that there have been too many service delivery protests around South Africa, prior to elections and after. We hoped to see less of these occurrences, especially after elections, but seemingly they are increasing on a daily basis. We saw what happened when the red ants overran Alexandra in Johannesburg, when the life of a three months old baby was claimed. Yesterday in [...]

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Youth expectations for SONA: #DataMustFall

2019-06-19T15:04:07+02:00June 19th, 2019|#DataMustFall, 2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, SONA, Youth Issues|

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng President Cyril Ramaphosa’s expected state of the nation address (SONA), must be solution orientated with a clear plan and time frames for its implementation. We as young people, and as the majority of the population, need things to happen and happen fast. We cannot have another rehash of old promises that raise our hopes with every SONA, only to be disappointed. We are expecting to hear more from [...]

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Youth Day 2019: economic emancipation for the young

2019-06-14T15:54:00+02:00June 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Youth Vanguard is concerned about the state of our nation since tough economic times leave the youth of South Africa out on the margins of economic participation. Our youth has for the past 25 years under democratic rule, been fighting for economic freedom, but in vain. We have been let down by the failure of every administration put in place to fulfil [...]

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UDESMO: Violence at schools and universities must stop

2019-06-05T12:15:49+02:00June 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDESMO, Safety and Security, Youth Issues|

It is with deep despondency that the United Democratic Students’ Movement (UDESMO) heard of yet another act of serious violence at one of our institutions of learning, this time at Forest High School in Johannesburg. There were also reports of two Walter Sisulu University students who were killed at the weekend, at what is known as a “Freshers’ Braai”. South Africans have been bombarded with stories of severe bullying, sexual predation, violence and murder [...]

UDMYV: Young leaders in government is encouraging

2019-05-30T15:35:43+02:00May 30th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDM Youth Vanguard) is pleased to note that this time around there are many young faces in cabinet and that some of the provincial MECs hail from the youth’s ranks. The UDM Youth Vanguard strongly feels that it will be in the best interest of the young people of South Africa if our debates in terms of unearthing common ideas to find solutions to our plight, should be [...]

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UDMYV: Young parliamentarians have a big task ahead

2019-05-23T11:56:27+02:00May 23rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Youth Vanguard congratulates all the young persons who were sworn into the sixth democratic parliament. It is encouraging to see that quite a number of the members of parliament who took the oath yesterday represent the youth of South Africa. Yet, this happens at a time where our youth faces many challenges, such as plummeting unemployment prospects, the lack of fee free [...]

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The 6th parliament will make or break South Africa

2019-05-22T16:41:45+02:00May 22nd, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is cautiously optimistic about South Africa’s future as our 6th parliament is established today. However, only time will tell whether the next five years will in fact bring to life President Cyril Ramaphosa’s proposed new dawn. As per the UDM’s longstanding advice, we in particular await President Ramaphosa’s substantial reduction of cabinet and that the rotten apples will not find their way back [...]

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

2019-05-21T13:47:53+02:00May 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, Social development and welfare|

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, UDM Deputy President On this day, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we are reminded of how we should respect one another’s constitutional rights and, specifically, each South African’s right to cultural expression. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that cultural diversity drives change, not only with respect to economic growth, but it also assists our society to achieve sustainable development, which in turn reduces poverty. [...]

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UDM’s reaction to election 2019 results

2019-05-11T13:47:49+02:00May 11th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes to thank South Africans who took part in the 2019 national and provincial elections and in particular those who voted for the UDM and placed their trust in us. We are surprised and disappointed at the UDM’s performance and we will have to go back to the drawing board to determine where we went wrong, with our eyes firmly on an improved result in the 2021 and 2024 [...]

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Bantu Holomisa’s address at a UDM Election Rally the Khutsong Stadium, Carletonville

2019-05-04T14:17:44+02:00May 4th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Speeches|

• National Leadership of the UDM • Provincial and regional leaders of the party • UDM members and supporters • Fellow South Africans 1. Introduction A big thank you goes out to the United Democratic Movement (UDM) leaders and activists who have worked tirelessly in our campaigns over the past few months. The UDM does not have the luxury of spending millions of rands on our electioneering. But, we managed to stage a successful campaign [...]

Funding for rain disaster in Durban should be diversified

2019-04-30T14:14:45+02:00April 30th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, UDM statements: KZN|

Whilst the United Democratic Movement (UDM), commends the intervention of both the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the President, the UDM is of the view that the funds should be diversified to; 1. Offer immediate help to the victims; 2. Attend to the water-drainage infrastructure which seems to be inadequate, to cater for heavy storms in order to deal with communities’ anxiety due to the uncertainty of [...]

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eNCA is biased towards some political parties

2019-04-30T11:15:36+02:00April 30th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Home, Media statements: UDM, Thandi Nontenja|

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja, UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked and offended by eNCA’s style of running its programming in the run-up to the 8th of May elections. We were invited to a party panel discussion to unpack our manifesto, on the 2nd of May, just to be unceremoniously disinvited, because only the “three big parties” will be given an opportunity to participate. The political playing field is level at [...]

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Dedicating Freedom Day 2019, to Thuli Madonsela

2019-04-27T11:22:54+02:00April 27th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM, State Capture Inquiry, Zumagate|

South Africa started well in 1994 as we continued on the road of the noble ideals of protecting human rights and promoting the freedom of our people. There is much to be proud of, but the hard reality is that corruption, lies and mismanagement has been tearing at our socioeconomic fabric to the point where this nation has been brought down on its knees. It is for this reason that the United Democratic Movement [...]

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UDM posters in KwaZulu-Natal being continually removed from street poles

2019-04-16T16:54:08+02:00April 16th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Home, UDM statements: KZN|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), expresses concern and disgust at the provocation by some counter-revolutionary elements of society, who only target and remove UDM posters. This has been happening in Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi, in the Durban city centre and in other areas in the province. It seems that our presence and the people’s overwhelming welcoming of the UDM across the province, sent an unexpected shock to some parties, which gives them [...]

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Bantu Holomisa’s address at a UDM Election Rally at Marikana

2019-04-14T14:25:10+02:00April 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Home, Labour, Marikana Massacre, Minerals and Energy, Police brutality, Public Investment Corporation, SA Mining Industry, Speeches|

• National Leadership of the UDM • Provincial and regional leaders of the party • UDM members and supporters • Fellow South Africans 1. Introduction Greetings to you all and thank you for welcoming the United Democratic Movement (UDM) into your midst with such open arms. We have been here many times after that fateful day on 16 August 2012. We still mourn the loss of life and pray that those who paid with [...]

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Bantu Holomisa speaks at a Unisa panel discussion on the 2019 general elections

2019-04-12T10:10:35+02:00April 12th, 2019|#FeesMustFall, #NationalSummit, 2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Elections, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Infrastructure development, Job creation, Land, Public Service and Administration, Public Works, Safety and Security, Speeches, Xenophobia|

• Our hosts today • Dr Somadoda Fikeni, our moderator • Those who represent the various departments that sponsored this panel discussion • My colleagues from other political parties • Academics and students • Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for affording me the opportunity to have a chat with you today. 1. The UDM’s road of success The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has since its inception batted on the wicket of the ethics of [...]

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UDM meeting discussing Xenophobia

2019-04-07T14:27:35+02:00April 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Human rights, Xenophobia|

• Members of the UDM’s National Executive Committee • The party’s regional leaders • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Welcome I wish to thank you for the opportunity to address you today. It might be a little cold outside, but you are here and ready to participate. Also, thank you for sacrificing your time on a Sunday. Despite South Africa’s challenges since political emancipation in 1994, we can all agree that we, as a nation, [...]

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#ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

2019-04-12T10:04:51+02:00April 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Housing and Human Settlements, Human rights, Local Government, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security, Service delivery, Thandi Nontenja|

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the volatile situation in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Much of this unhappiness stems from the African National Congress’ (ANC) misuse of billions of Rands allocated to the Alexandra renewal project during the era of former President Thabo Mbeki. RDP houses in Alexandra Extension 7, were apparently sold to non-South Africans and this explosive situation has the potential to spill over to xenophobic attacks. In [...]

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Mpati Commission should look at GEPF and PIC investment in Sibanye-Stillwater

2019-04-05T15:24:14+02:00April 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Mpati Commission|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes the Mpati Commission to take a deep look into the investment linkages between the Government Employees Pension Fund, the Public Investment Corporation and Sibanye-Stillwater. Sibanye had acquired the Stillwater Mining Company and is located and managed in two regions i.e. Southern Africa region and the United States region. We understand that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has invested in Sibanye-Stillwater. The questions [...]

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UDM’s concern over the it service providers employed by the IEC

2019-04-01T17:10:48+02:00April 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Open Letters|

Mr VG Mashinini Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Private Bag X112 Centurion 0046 Dear Mr Mashinini UDM’s CONCERN OVER THE IT SERVICE PROVIDERS EMPLOYED BY THE IEC The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely concerned over the information technology (IT) service providers, and systems, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) employs to run the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. We have, in the past, said much about the selection of these IT companies, their vetting [...]

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Personal bribes paid to ruling party top 6?

2019-03-29T08:54:09+02:00March 29th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The latest shock in the state capture debacle, that some of the ruling party’s top 6 had allegedly personally pocketed millions of rands from Bosasa coffers, will undoubtedly have a very negative effect in the eyes of potential investors. The whole system is contaminated. Given that President Ramaphosa could possibly be implicated, seriously jeopardises South Africa’s current administrative machinery, and will erode the last shred of dignity it possesses. The country is sick and tired [...]

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Condolences with the passing away of Princess Buthelezi

2019-03-25T15:18:18+02:00March 25th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|

The United Democratic Movement passes its condolences to Prince Buthelezi, and his family, on the passing of his wife. It certainly is a day where we are sorrowful for a person taken from our midst. We are grateful for her contribution to the struggle and remaining the anchor of her family while Prince Buthelezi was part of the process to overthrow the apartheid regime. May her soul rest in peace. Issued by: Mr Bantu [...]

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Various community concerns: Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal

2019-03-26T19:48:41+02:00March 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Service delivery|

Mr CM Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa Union Buildings Private Bag X1000 Pretoria 0001 Mr PG Masualle Premier of the Eastern Cape Private Bag X0047 Bisho 5605 Mr TW Mchunu Premiere of KwaZulu-Natal Private Bag X9037 Pietermaritzburg, 3200 Dear Sirs Various community concerns: Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal From the beginning of March 2019, I had the privilege to visit various communities in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. From my interaction with [...]

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UDM lodges complaint with IEC re alleged ANC attack on members campaigning in Mbizana

2019-03-21T12:37:08+02:00March 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Elections, Home, Open Letters|

Mr VG Mashinini Chairperson of the Electoral Commission P/Bag X112 Centurion 0046 Dear Sir LODGING OF COMPLAINT: ALLEGED ATTACK ON UDM MEMBERS BY PERSONS DRESSED IN ANC REGALIA Earlier this week, United Democratic Movement (UDM) members were campaigning in Ward 7, Khaleni Administrative Area, in the Mbizana Local Municipality (Eastern Cape). Four of our members were allegedly assaulted by persons wearing African National Congress regalia. One of our members was admitted to hospital with injuries [...]

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UDM welcomes ATM’s youth Deputy President and his followers to the UDM in Johannesburg

2019-03-07T12:46:10+02:00March 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Speeches|

• Our newly arrived young lions • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Welcome Today the United Democratic Movement (UDM) proudly accepts a group of young lions into the fold. Welcome! You will have to hit the ground running as elections are around the corner. As new members of the UDM you will be part of the drive to rid our country of one-party dominance. We have all witnessed how one-party dominance has brought South Africa to [...]

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UDEMWO: Women are not punch bags

2019-03-04T16:49:20+02:00March 4th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Women abuse has become our daily bread, we are sick and tired of waking up to outrageous stories that revolves around women abuse. We are absolutely shocked and disturbed by a video of kwaito star Mampintsha that is making the rounds on social media showing that he is seemingly beating his girlfriend Bongekile Simelane, better known as ‘Babes Wodumo’. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes [...]

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UDM welcomes President Ramaphosa’s green initiative

2019-03-04T16:34:50+02:00March 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Environment, Home|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government will start a massive clean-up campaign to get rid of the litter and waste that lay by our road-sides and fouls our communities. We welcome this move, as it is in line with the UDM’s environmental policy and this year’s election manifesto. Every city, town, suburb, township, informal settlement and rural areas are filthy and is in desperate need of intervention. Many [...]

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UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

2019-03-01T10:53:06+02:00March 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|

We find it extremely difficult to digest the fact that three women, who hail from the Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape were, late last year, burnt to death because they had allegedly been witchcraft practitioners. This can only be described as the worst aberration of what might be called “mob justice”. It was recently reported that elderly women in the Eastern Cape are physically abused, raped and killed, because they practised [...]

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UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

2019-02-28T11:02:25+02:00February 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disgusted that yet another African National Congress (ANC) leader has been accused of women abuse. As the story unfolds, we note that these accusations constantly rotate amongst the ruling party’s prominent male leaders. Some of those alleged culprits have been Danny Jordaan, Marius Fransman, Mduduzi Manana, and more recently Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa. And, lest we forget, their very own, former president Jacob Zuma. Even [...]

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UDM writes to the President regarding stock theft in the Eastern Cape specifically affecting small farmers

2019-02-26T17:07:20+02:00February 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Honourable Mr Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa Tuynhuys Building Parliament Street CAPE TOWN 8000 Dear Honourable, Ramaphosa REQUEST FOR YOUR URGENT INTERVENTION: EASTERN CAPE RURAL SMALL FARMERS’ STOCK THEFT Responding to an official invitation by Masifunisane Community Organisation, which is a voluntary association of small-scale rural livestock farmers, to meet with their leaders and members on Sunday, the 24th of February 2019, in Elliotdale. Present in the meeting were rural livestock farmers from Elliotdale, Libode, Mthatha, [...]

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Bantu Holomisa writes to the President re backdated salary payments of KwaZulu-Natal indunas

2019-02-26T17:01:57+02:00February 26th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Open Letters|

Mr CM Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Mr President Yesterday, upon my visit to Isizwe Sakwampukunyoni at Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, under Nkosi Mzokhulayo Mkhwanazi, I met with over thirty indunas at the Mgeba Traditional Council offices. They alleged that all indunas of this province have not received their back-pay from 2013 up to 2017. It is alleged that former President Jacob Zuma had approved such [...]

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Bantu Holomisa’s keynote address at the launch of the UDM’s manifesto

2019-02-18T13:06:25+02:00February 16th, 2019|2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Speeches|

• Deputy President of the UDM; • UDM National Office Bearers; • Members of our National Executive Committee; • The party’s provincial leadership; • The Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor and the people of this metro who are our hosts; • Members and supporters of the UDM; • Fellow South Africans; Introduction Good day to you all, including those who are watching from home; welcome to the unveiling of the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) [...]

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The UDM’s reaction to #SONA2019

2019-02-13T09:08:37+02:00February 12th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, SONA, Speeches|

• Honourable Speaker and chairperson of the NCOP • Mister President • Honourable Members South Africa needs key interventions in order to eradicate poverty, place more citizens in jobs, in particular young people, whilst closing the gap between the haves and the have nots. Firstly, we need massive investment in the maintenance and development of a well-coordinated and integrated socio-economic infrastructure that is driven by government. Reading the City Press report recently on the [...]

UDM KZN: KwaZulu-Natal’s “missing” R220 million drought relief funds

2019-02-07T17:33:37+02:00February 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home|

The R220 million, that was meant to give drought-stricken communities and farmers in KwaZulu-Natal some relief, has seemingly vanished in a flourish of orchestrated thievery. This situation has, for instance, had a devastating effect on the Pomeroy Community Health Centre in Msinga which must keep water in dustbins just to flush toilets. It also is a great disappointment that four years have passed without the incumbent opposition parties in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature raising the [...]

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R116m of the PIC’s money to allegedly be spent on UWC student accommodation without due diligence

2019-02-06T15:39:44+02:00February 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home|

Dear Honourable Minister Mboweni REQUEST FOR THE URGENT INTERVENTION ON THE POSSIBLE IRREGULAR FUNDING OF IKHAYA STUDENT ACCOMMODATION (PTY) LTD BY THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION The above has reference, and I attach hereto relevant documents for your ease of reference. The referenced documents suggest, amongst others, that: 1. Based on an email dated 4 February 2019 from the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) Roy Rajdhar to some George Blackenberg, it appears, that the PIC is [...]

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Ongoing student protests at KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions

2019-02-06T14:19:13+02:00February 6th, 2019|#FeesMustFall, 2019 Archive, Home|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by the escalation of violent student demonstrations at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and FET colleges in the province. The UDM condemns any use of force and violence in the strongest terms. We call for cool heads and calm, as violence has already led to the tragic loss of a student’s life. We call on all VCs and university executives [...]

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UDM Youth Vanguard: KZN student protests: the education department is yet again missing in action

2019-02-06T14:15:24+02:00February 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home|

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDM Youth Vanguard) is disgusted and angry at higher education minister Naledi Pandor’s deafening silence when, year-by-year, students are driven to protest to get their basic right to education upheld. The dream of free tertiary education in South Africa is fleeting and the promise itself rings hollow. The ruling party has once again shown that they have no capacity to deliver on its promises made to needy students [...]

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An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

2019-02-05T14:01:32+02:00February 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Parastatals, Public Investment Corporation|

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President regarding an Alternative State of the Nation at the Cape Town Press Club • Chairperson • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Introduction We are grateful to be part of this engagement exploring the very important subject of the true state of the nation. We are just three months away from the 6th democratic elections in South Africa, which means that electioneering has begun and that all [...]

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UDM welcomes resignation of PIC board

2019-02-01T18:11:44+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Public Investment Corporation|

The United Democratic Movement welcomes the resignation of the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) board. The Mpati Commission can now go ahead and do a thorough investigation into the ins and outs of the allegations of corruption that surrounds the PIC. The UDM has equivocally stated in the past that the current board cannot play judge and jury in the investigation into the apparent corruption at the PIC. An interim board must be appointed as [...]

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Hoërskool Driehoek shock; accident must be investigated

2019-02-01T16:21:54+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the tragic accident at Hoërskool Driehoek that claimed lives of three school children, while many others were injured. The collapse of the walkway raises serious concerns over the safety of our pupils whilst on school premises. We call on the basic education department and all those in authority to investigate the cause of the accident. [...]

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UDM welcomes, Ms Sindi Mashinini-Maphumulo, former NFP deputy-president, to the fold

2019-02-01T16:23:02+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President in welcoming of new members to the United Democratic Movement on 1 February 2019 in Durban • Chairperson • UDM leadership, and • Most importantly, our guests; • Members of the UDM Your joining the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is a vital step to realise our dream for the socio-economic development of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). As KZN has the second largest number of voters, this presents the [...]