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Letter by President Bantu Holomisa to IEC Chairperson Glen Mashinini

September 26th, 2016|Archives, Home, Open Letters|

Mr Glen V Mashinini Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Dear Mr Mashinini REQUEST FOR AN URGENT MEETING OF THE LEADERS OF ALL POLITICAL PARTIES REPRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT The above matter has reference. It has come to my attention that the African National Congress (ANC) has declared the Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), Mr Terry Tselane, an enemy. It is alleged that, at the IEC National Results Centre (in Pretoria) for [...]

TOWARDS A NATIONAL CONVENTION: A UDM PROPOSAL

August 14th, 2016|2016 Election Campaign, Discussion Documents, Open Letters|

MEMO TO : LEADERS OF COPE, EFF AND UF FROM : UDM LEADER SUBJECT : TOWARDS A NATIONAL CONVENTION: A PROPOSAL BACKGROUND Reference is made to our meeting held on Sunday the 7th of August this instant, in which we produced a guide for engaging other parties, in particular the ANC and the DA, on a possible coalition governments in some of the local councils. You will recall that in the guide document we proposed [...]

A COLLECTIVE VIEW ARISING OUT OF A MEETING HELD ON SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 2016, BETWEEN UDM, EFF, COPE AND UF: A GUIDE TO ENGAGE WITH THE ANC AND THE DA

August 9th, 2016|2016 Election Campaign, Discussion Documents|

INTRODUCTION The 2016 Municipal Election was a watershed for our country with the advent of a possible cooperation of political parties. Emphatically, the electorate have spoken loudly against one party arrogant dominance, corruption, nepotism, the disregard of the rule of law, the failure to provide basic quality services, and mediocre in the sea of poverty, unemployment and inequality. In this regard, they have in not less than 27 municipality, decided to test all political party’s [...]

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UDM reacts to Zuma – ANC’s ‪‎CountdowntoVictory

July 15th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP Mr Jacob Zuma should rather look at his organization which is currently contradicting the positive gains of our history under his leadership. Who has ever thought that a liberated South Africa would be led by a questionable character like himself who lavishly and exclusively spends taxpayers monies without having any regrets, thereby superseding the negative conduct of former Apartheid Presidents. Shockingly superseding! His organization is promoting lawlessness [...]

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UDEMWO condemns reckless drivers on the roads

July 13th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Uncategorized|

Statement by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the Eastern Cape nurses who were killed on their way to the graduation ceremony in Alice while others were seriously injured. This is such a sad time for the health fraternity, not only in the Eastern Cape but to all health workers and South Africans. The [...]

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Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

July 11th, 2016|Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|

Ms NP Mokonyane Minister of Water and Sanitation Private Bag X313 Pretoria 0001   Dear Minister Mokonyane   MANDILENI COMMUNITIES IN THE EASTERN CAPE SUFFER BECAUSE OF LACK OF WATER SUPPLY – WE SEEK YOUR INTERVENTION During my recent travels through the country on the campaign trail, I visited the Mandileni community outside Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, 7 July 2016. The people in this community suffer a number of hardships and [...]

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CONDOLENCE WITH THE PASSING AWAY OF DUMISANI (MAZOLA) MAFU

July 11th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Bantu Holomisa - UDM President Receiving news of the untimely departure of Dumisani Mazola Mafu is with immense distress and profound sadness. His passing away robs us of one of the greatest sons of our people, a former Commander of Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) in particular in the then Transkei Region, a leader and a friend to many. Mazola is the former MK soldier and commander, and he was a link between the [...]

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Unfullfilled promise for provision of electricity at Mqhele A/A , Xhora, Mbhashe Municipality- EC

July 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Open letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa Ms T Joemat-Pettersson Minister of Energy 120 Plein Street Floor 7th Room 739 Cape Town 8000   Mr F Xasa Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Province of the Eastern Cape Tyamzashe Building Bhisho 5605   Dear Honourable Minister and MEC UNFULLFILLED PROMISE FOR PROVISION OF ELECTRICITY AT MQHELE A/A , XHORHA, MBHASHE MUNICIPALITY – EASTERN CAPE The above matter has reference. Here [...]

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UDM condemns violent protests in Tshwane

June 21st, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Khumbuza Bavu- Tshwane Regional Convenor As the United Democratic Movement (UDM) we are much concerned by the direction this country is taking under the leadership of the ruling party, ANC. Currently, Tshwane is in flames, disgruntled ANC members are taking to the streets burning tyres and destroying the little that the community has. As UDM, we condemn amongst others, the looting of shops, burning of cars, private properties and harming of innocent [...]

Additional information on the requested investigation into allegations of abuse of office by CETA CEO

May 24th, 2016|Archives, Home, Open Letters|

The Public Protector Hillcrest Office Park 175 Lunnon Street Pretoria 0001   Dear Advocate Madonsela ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE REQUESTED INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER CONDUCT/MALADMINISTRATION AND ABUSE OF OFFICE BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY (CETA): FORENSIC INVESTIGATION REPORT My letter dated 9 February 2016, sent to your good office on the same day has reference. Subsequently, I wish to bring to your attention that a forensic investigation [...]

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UDM President Bantu Holomisa’s remarks to the Cape Town Press Club

May 19th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|

Speech by President Bantu Holomisa, MP Greetings: Chairperson, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you very much for sharing this platform with me today. The electioneering season has begun and all of us are on the streets, to once again connect with the electorate. Chairperson, the United Democratic Movement in its 5th National Congress held in December 2015, amongst others; declared corruption as a national threat to sustainable development of the country and its citizens as it [...]

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Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

May 13th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|

Statement by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly The closing remarks by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. Baleka Mbete during the debate on the Parliamentary budget are shocking and preposterous. Her condonation of the abuse of public money by the Parliamentary officials, who blew R1m on a holiday spree in London, led by the Secretary of Parliament, is a clear demonstration of arrogance and abuse of power. Ms. Mbete has absolved the [...]

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UDESMO mourns for Wits students

May 3rd, 2016|Archives, Higher education, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Akhona Bavu, UDESMO Chairperson   The United Democratic Student Movement (UDESMO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the University students that were involved in a horrible car crash that has claimed their lives in Limpopo yesterday. This is such a sad time for the higher institution fraternity, not only for Wits University but to all South Africans. The whole country is in mourning during [...]

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DEBATE ON VOTE 24 – AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

April 29th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP  in Parliament   Honourable Speaker and members   The United Democratic Movement (UDM), supports the budget vote with the following comments. Although the Department manages 64 000 hectors of category B and C of plantations, there is no budget for the revitalisation of these plantations through which process, jobs could have been created. In the meantime there is a huge national demand for sawlog timber. South Africa could soon [...]

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DEBATE ON VOTE 11 – Public Works

April 29th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members The United Democratic Movement (UDM), support the budget vote with the following important comments. The most common problems with this programme are: ·       Insufficient support by the department with no collaterals from any other source, including the beneficiaries themselves. This makes the beneficiaries to be almost totally dependent on the department; a rather too heavy a burden to bear. ·       Lack of Project [...]

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UDM President Bantu Holomisa speech – GAUTENG MANIFESTO 2016

April 24th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Speech by UDM President Bantu Holomisa Chairperson, NEC Members of the UDM Members and Supporters of the United Democratic Movement Gauteng Citizens   WELCOME Welcome one and all, and thank you for making the effort to come and listen to the vision which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has for people of Gauteng.   In just over three months’ time, you will have an opportunity to have your say in which party should govern your [...]

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Message from UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the launch UDM Gauteng Manifesto for 2016 Municipal Elections

April 24th, 2016|2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|

Chairperson, NEC Members of the UDM Members and Supporters of the United Democratic Movement Gauteng Citizens   WELCOME Welcome one and all, and thank you for making the effort to come and listen to the vision which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has for people of Gauteng. In just over three months’ time, you will have an opportunity to have your say in which party should govern your municipalities. Through the ballot box, on the [...]

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UDM reacts to Arms Deal Commission Report

April 21st, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The long awaited report on the allegations of mass corruption in the 1999 arms deal has not surprised anyone. It only adds to the shelves of South Africa, another white-washed report whose objective is nothing less than clearing comrades from Luthuli House. Our memories are still fresh from the damning findings of the Durban High Court, in which evidence carried in the notorious encrypted fax, recording an alleged [...]

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Condolences to ANC and Ekurhuleni community

April 19th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Open Letters|

ANC Secretary General 54 Pixley Seme & Hellen Joseph Street Johhanesburg 2001   Dear Mr Mantashe   CONDOLONCES TO THE ANC AND EKURHULENI COMMUNITY The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to convey a message of condolence to the families and friends of those who lost lives in the bus tragedy that occurred between Winburg and Ventersburg, on their way back from ANC Manifesto Launch in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape over the weekend. We also [...]

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NOTICE OF A MEETING WITH PRESIDING OFFICERS

April 11th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Open Letters|

Ms Baleka Mbete Speaker to the National Assembly Republic of South Africa Private Bag X15 Cape Town 8000   Dear Honourable Speaker   NOTICE OF A MEETING WITH PRESIDING OFFICERS – 13 APRIL 2016. The above matter has reference. Your notice of a meeting between the Presiding Officers and Leaders of Political Parties in Parliament is confirmed. On the 18th of February 2016, I wrote to you requesting that your office direct the Joint Standing [...]

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REQUEST FOR A DISCIPLINARY ENQUIRY AGAINST PRESIDENT ZUMA.

April 7th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Open Letters|

Ms Baleka Mbete Speaker to the National Assembly Republic of South Africa Private Bag X15 Cape Town 8000   Dear Honourable Speaker   REQUEST FOR A DISCIPLINARY ENQUIRY AGAINST PRESIDENT ZUMA. The above matter has reference. Following the scathing Constitutional Court judgment delivered on the 31st of March instant, and found amongst others: “ “Consistent with this constitutional injunction, an order will thus be made that the President’s failure to comply with the remedial action [...]

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OUR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE– What is to be done?

April 6th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement by Mr. BH Holomisa, UDM President   Yesterday, the 5th of April 2016, the ANC members of the National Assembly have once again violated their oath of office and acted in contempt of the Constitutional Court. Led by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, John Jeffery, they argued that there was no order to impeach Mr. Zuma, knowing fully well that the court would not do that. Once again and in abuse [...]

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Debate on the Removal of President in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution

April 5th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly   Fellow South Africans   The fact is, the Constitutional Court has found Mr Zuma and the National Assembly to have failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution. Today South Africa finds itself with two organs of state that have lost the moral authority to be representatives of the people of South Africa. Mr Zuma’s unlawful actions, have sunk the Executive, the National Assembly, [...]

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Letter by Bantu Holomisa to Thuli Mandonsela

April 4th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Open Letters|

The Public Protector Hillcrest Office Park 175 Lunnon Street Pretoria 0001   Dear Advocate Madonsela REQUEST FOR AN ADDENDUM TO THE COSTS OF NKANDLA. New details have emerged of how state funds were used to buy fittings, fixtures and building materials for private residence of the President. I am aware that your office was not granted access to this information, however, it is now in the public domain. The former Deputy Director General of the [...]

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UDM reacts to Concourt ruling on Nkandla

March 31st, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The damning Constitutional Court judgment against President Zuma and the ANC dominated National Assembly are a vindication of a position that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has always held: that the African National Congress (ANC) has given the country a dubious person in the name of a president. Today the Constitutional Court has confirmed that this man is a danger to the constitution and our constitutional democracy. [...]

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UDM appeals for behaviour on the roads

March 23rd, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General As we are all going to the Easter holiday, we know that there are drivers who will put the lives of the innocent commuters at risk. Most accidents are caused by those driving under the influence of alcohol, driving tired, driving at high speed, vehicles that are not roadworthy and/or overloading. As the United Democratic Movement (UDM) we are calling on drivers to obey the rules on [...]

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UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers

March 17th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Media Statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP This afternoon the President had an opportunity to take the country into his confidence and either confirm or deny the revelations made by the Deputy Minister of Finance, yesterday. Alas, he chose utter arrogance and maximum denialism in defense of his travelers, the Guptas family and his own. His attitude in dealing with this issues of national importance, confirms that once again, he has neglected the country [...]

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UDM reacts on Gupta’s offering Deputy Minister Jonas a position of Finance Minister

March 17th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Media statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa MP United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the shocking confirmations made the Deputy Minister of Finance Mr. Mcebisi Jonas this afternoon. His bold decision demonstrate his commitment to his oath of office and confirms that at least within the ruling party there are some who puts South Africa and its citizens first. This behaviour by the Gupta family can only be best described as treason. Unfortunately, they have not [...]

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UDEMWO calls for swift intervention by government on WC women killings

March 16th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Women's Issues|

Media Statement by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened and concerned by the growing numbers of women and children who have fallen victims of rape and murder in the Western Cape since the beginning of the year. What is more distressing is to know that these women and children are victims of crime in the hands of those close to them or someone they know. The time [...]

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UDEMWO calls for action to arrest Mafevuka’s killers

March 11th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we welcome the arrest of the suspects in the murder case of the 16 year old teenage girl, Franziska Blochliger in Tokai early this week. We commend the police and everyone who made the arrest possible and we hope that the case will not drag long before the alleged perpetrators are brought to book for their horrendous action. In [...]

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Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

March 9th, 2016|Archives, Higher education, Home, Issues, Speeches|

Address by Mr UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Madame Speaker and Honourable Members, The racial strife the #AfrikaansMustFall campaign has caused and other critical issues raised by the #FeesMustFall Movement should rouse us from our deep Rainbow Nation slumber! It is clear that the majority citizens clench pent up frustrations about an economic system that marginalises them and their languages more than two decades since we attained freedom. Kenyan Author, [...]

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ISILIMELA ROAD IN PORT ST JOHNS AND THE MTHATHA HIGH COURT

March 8th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|

Statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane (MP) in the National Assembly Responding to the much published potential loss of the public monies, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) member of the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Mr. Mncedisi Filtane, fielded this question to the Department: “What is that the department if doing about a much publicised potential loss surrounding the stalled road construction of the Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and whose contract value [...]

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OPEN LETTER BY UDM PRESIDENT BANTU HOLOMISA

March 8th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|

Honourable Minister F Muthambi Department of Communication Room 155 120 Plein Street Cape Town 8000 The Chairperson SABC Board The Provincial Manager SABC Umhlobo Wenene Copied to: Secretary South African Council of Churches Party Political Leaders Dear all ANC HIJACKING OF THE SABC - UMHLOBO WENENE IMVUSELELO PROGRAMME The above matter has reference. I am an ardent follower of the Imvuselelo Programme broadcasted by SABC by Umhlobo Wenene Radio Station. Every Sunday evening, I invest [...]

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Motion of No Confidence in the President

March 2nd, 2016|Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr BH Holomisa MP in Parliament   Hon Speaker and Hon Members The South African electoral system does not enable the electorate to directly elect a President of the country. Contrary, South Africans vote for a political party which in turn appoints a President. It is therefore a duty of the ruling party to ensure that its candidate serves the nation with distinction and in accordance with the oath of office as prescribed in [...]

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The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

February 29th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members Although agricultural sector’s relative contribution to the gross domestic product of the country is small and still declining, it nevertheless plays an important role in the creation of wealth and safety nets in South Africa, specifically in the rural areas. Drought has severely affected the country’s agricultural productivity capacity and thus affecting negatively our Gross Domestic Product. It affects both crop and livestock [...]

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PC ON PUBLIC WORKS ON EXPROPRIATION BILL

February 24th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members   Chapter 2, section 9 and subsection 3 of the Constitution provides, “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race…”. Most relevant to the debate this afternoon is section 25 of the constitution. Subsection 7 provides, “A person or community dispossessed of property after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory [...]

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UDM CONDEMNS SERVICE DISRUPTIONS BY ANC IN NGQUZA

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

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General   The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the disruption of public services due to internal strife amongst the African National Congress members in the Ngquza Hill municipality. Most affected areas include ward 21 eMcobothini, ward 20 Hombe, and ward 16 Nkunzimbini. It is reported that this problem started three weeks ago when community members affiliated to the ruling party were not pleased with the Ward Councillors that [...]

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UDM on the reply by the President to the SONA Debate

February 18th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement welcomes the comment made by the President in response to our call for an All-Inclusive National Economic Transformation Indaba. Notwithstanding his fears, we remain convinced that South Africans from all political and socio-economic persuasions are prepared to do everything possible for the growth and development of our economy. As South Africans did with the political transition, decided to embrace each other irrespective of different [...]

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Letter to Speaker re Guptas

February 18th, 2016|Home, Open Letters|

Reference articles... Ms Baleka Mbete Speaker to the National Assembly Republic of South Africa Private Bag X15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Honourable Speaker REFERENCE ARTICLES: • Mining Minister’s Gupta Trip • Name: Van Rooyen’s two Gupta ‘advisers’ who almost hijacked SA Treasury • Duarte denies abuse of office • Why the Gupta family’s alleged deal with Denel is dubious • Denel and Gupta venture ‘illegal’ • Gupta-Zuma Firm gets 10th of Richards Bay Coal Export [...]

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SONA Debate contrubution by Lennox Gaehler

February 17th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY LB Gaehler EC NCOP MP in the National Parliament Joint Sitting Hon Speaker, President and Honourable Members The drought that has visited our land has affected big, small, formal and informal farming sector, depending on their proximity to a scarce source of water. In this regard, United Democratic Movement suggests that, drought relief interventions, whether at a planning or implementation stage, should deliberately target the small and informal farmers too, as their contribution [...]

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Debate on SONA contribution by Bantu Holomisa

February 16th, 2016|2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP IN PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA   Hon Speaker, Hon President and Members The South African economic situation demands that we adopt an approach that is all inclusive and pragmatic. One of the credits to our country is our ability to resolve challenges through dialogue. Perhaps in resolving the current economic crisis, we need to borrow from our recent past. CODESA delivered political liberation with more still [...]

UDM SONA Expectations

February 11th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement expects the President to outline: How is the government going to bring concrete and realistic solutions to our economic woes: Instead of the consumptive policies that the current leadership is obsessed with characterised by targeted corrupt consumption like in the case of pension fund in which Nedlac failed to play its role. It would be a bold and positive stance if the President was [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

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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