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

June 22nd, 2015|

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 not follow […]

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

June 12th, 2015|

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. They have […]

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: MEMBER’S STATEMENT

June 5th, 2015|

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 cultural practices and beliefs. […]

SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 23: Police

June 4th, 2015|

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 a police station where […]

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

June 4th, 2015|

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 the Eastern Cape.

I had intended to bring […]

Debate: Budget Vote 2 Parliament

June 2nd, 2015|

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 primitive doctrine that […]

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

June 1st, 2015|

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 today, notwithstanding the […]

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Debate on vote 01: Presidency

May 26th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP

Hon Speaker and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote.

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

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

UDM SYMPATHISE WITH THE MARIKANA MASSACRE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES

May 26th, 2015|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Bongani Msomi

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

ETOLL IS JUST MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME FOR GREEDY INDIVIDUALS

May 22nd, 2015|

Statement by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP

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

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

May 21st, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP

Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members

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

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

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SPORT AND POLITICS CANNOT GO TOGETHER

May 20th, 2015|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General

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

However, as much as we don’t have […]

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Link between civil disobedience and poor service delivery

August 26th, 2014|

Media Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General
Government has blinkers on when it comes to the consequences of poor service delivery, particularly at local government level. Disingenuous representatives of government stand on their soapboxes shouting that they are doing their jobs. Judging by the volcano of protests against poor service delivery that erupts every now and again in all corners of the country, this is patently untrue.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the […]

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Nelson Mandela Day – address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly

July 29th, 2014|

Madam Speaker, Deputy President and Honourable Members

President Nelson Mandela’s election and inauguration in 1994 marked the end of many years oppression and caused South Africans of all races to fill the streets, all celebrating our victory in the fight for the self-evident right to determine our own destiny.

Some shouted from their rooftops lines from SEK Mqhayi’s poem, Ukutshona kukaMendi, the SS Mendi steamship, which sank in 1917 killing all the troops on board.

These lines have […]

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POLICE MUST REFRAIN FROM USING GRENADES AND LIVE AMMUNITION WHEN DISPERSING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

June 9th, 2015|

Statement issued by UDM SECRETARY GENERAL – Mr Bongani Msomi

It is with great sadness that during the Youth Month in South Africa we hear of a sad event of a student that was shot and seriously injured by police. This shows that as a country, we are still far from being free. The act by the South African Police Service officials have once again taken us aback and reminded the nation of the sad times […]

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: The relevance of symbols in building a new democratic heritage

June 8th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP in the National Assembly

Hon Speaker and members

Steve Biko once said, “As long as blacks are suffering from inferiority complex as a result of 300 years of deliberate oppression, denigration and division, they will be useless as co-architects of a normal society where man has nothing else but man for his own sake”. In this regard, he called for a liberation from mental enslavement.

The historical and heritage symbols play an […]

SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 02: Parliament

June 8th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP – EC in the National NCOP

Hon Chairperson and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments with regard to the enhancement of public involvement to realise meaningful participatory democracy.

Madam, Chair, Julius Nyerere once said “… we don’t develop people, people develop themselves”.

Accordingly, the United Democratic Movement, strongly holds that, participatory democracy places people at the centre of […]

SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 33: Tourism

June 5th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP – EC in the National NCOP

Hon Chairperson, Ministers and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 33 on tourism.

 In this regard, we welcome the efforts and work done by the department and many other role players in ensuring that this country remains a destination of choice for many citizens of world. This is notwithstanding socio economic challenges that the country continue to be confronted which in many instances results […]

SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 17: Social Development

June 4th, 2015|

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP – EC in the National NCOP

Hon Chairperson, Ministers and Members

The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments.

• The creation of a caring society is based on the willingness to provide the tools for achieving an inclusive society. This implies that life chances are partly detached, or de-commodified from social and economic origins and circumstances.

• The core of […]