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16 Days of Activism 2014

November 27th, 2014|

It’s that time of the year again. And every year I wrestle with how we feel about the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence and Abuse against
Women and Children
campaign that kicks off on November and runs until December 10. Although the campaign is held for only sixteen days, for it to be successful it rests on each individual and the nation as a whole in taking action for the security, protection and safety of […]

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Debate: Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill (DBSA)

November 4th, 2014|

Speaker and Honourable Members,

The UDM supports the Bill.

We support the extension of the mandate of the Development Bank of Southern Africa to provide infrastructure development finance to key infrastructure sectors, such as water and sanitation, energy, transport, education, health and ICT beyond the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), that is, to the rest of the African continent.

This step will in our view go a long way towards enhancing trade, economic growth and development on the […]

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Holomisa: “Cut a deal! Go Home” President Zuma

September 13th, 2014|

Instead of a nation preoccupied with the scandals surrounding President Zuma, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) advises that we should rather deliberate his exit strategy.

Since the advent of democracy, we have never been faced with a crisis of this magnitude i.e. allegations of corruption at the highest level.

The African National Congress (ANC) has completely misinterpreted their mandate. They are clearly using their majority to do their utmost to protect President Zuma at all cost.

People must […]

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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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Debate on the African Union’s Agenda 2063: “The Africa We Want”

April 28th, 2015|

Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP
UDM Chief Whip
In the National Assembly
Debate on the African Union’s Agenda 2063: “The Africa We Want”
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Speaker and Honourable Members,

On 3 May 1999, respected BBC newsreader and former African correspondent, George Alagiah, wrote in a piece for The Guardian (of London) that, and I quote: “For most people who get their view of the world from TV, Africa is a faraway place where good people go hungry, bad […]

THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT OF SANDF IN AREAS AFFECTED BY XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

April 24th, 2015|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the deployment of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in support of Police Service in areas that are affected by the xenophobic attacks. It is high time that we come together in reclaiming and protecting everyone who lives in South Africa legally or not.

It must be made that this country cannot fold arms while perpetrators continue to mess up the good name […]

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC ON THE VIOLENCE IN KWAZULU-NATAL

April 24th, 2015|

Address Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly

Hon Speaker and members

A country with high levels of poverty, high unemployment rate, high levels of inequality, blended with leadership whose attention is on filling their pockets through corrupt activities, breeds all social evils including criminality.

Compounding the situation is that the African Agenda we were once known to be its champions, has taken a back seat. We must agree that, indeed the violence we see today in […]

UDM WELCOMES THE ARREST IN THE ALEXANDRA MURDER

April 24th, 2015|

Statement issued by United Democratic Movement

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the arrest of the men responsible for the death of the Mozambican National, Emmanuel Sithole in Alexandra township over the weekend during what appears to be a xenophobic attack. Also we would like to welcome the role played by the members of Alexandra community in arrest of these culprits. This shows clearly that working together we can do more to curb this widespread violence.

This […]

SHOW OF SOLIDARITY – UDM Chief Whip to spend a night at the KZN Camps

April 24th, 2015|

Statement issued by UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP

Over the past few weeks, South Africa has been engulfed by a humongous wave of xenophobic violence. This has caused untold damage to the image of our country in the African Continent and the world at large.

It has, however, been heart-warming and encouraging to see South Africans of all races taking a firm stand in the fight against xenophobia. All the various campaigns have contributed immensely in […]

HONOURABLE KWANKWA REQUESTS FOR A SNAP DEBATE ON XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS IN SOUTH AFRICA

April 17th, 2015|

TO: Hon. Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly
From: Hon. Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP – UDM Chief Whip
Dear Madame Speaker,
RE: REQUEST FOR A SNAP DEBATE ON XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA
The above matter has reference.

We once more find ourselves faced with the challenge of having to deal with attacks on foreign nationals by South African citizens. According to media reports, many lives have once again been lost and property destroyed in the spate of xenophobic attacks taking […]

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP: STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA ON VIOLENCE IN KZN

April 17th, 2015|

Hon Speaker and members

A country with high levels of poverty, high unemployment rate, high levels of inequality, blended with leadership whose attention is on filling their pockets through corrupt activities, breeds all social evils including criminality.

Compounding the situation is that the African Agenda we were once known to be its champions, has taken a back seat. We must agree that, indeed the violence we see today in KZN with a potential to spread to other […]

UDM YOUTH VANGUARD CONDEMNS THE DEMOLISHING OF STATUE

April 9th, 2015|

Statement issued by Mbongi Majija – On behalf of the UDMYV NATIONAL TASK TEAM

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard has noted, with utter disappointment, the recent uproar against the previous regime that resulted in a number of statues being defaced and demolished throughout the country.

The UDMYV feels that destroying these colonial symbols won’t change the current struggles the country is dealing with such as high unemployment rate, health care system that is in shambles, the […]

UDM letter to the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela: Request for a forensic audit on Inkandla non-security expenditure

April 1st, 2015|

The Public Protector
Hillcrest Office Park
175 Lunnon Street
Pretoria
0001
Dear Advocate Madonsela
REQUEST FOR A FORENSIC AUDIT ON INKANDLA NON-SECURITY EXPENDITURE
Following the release of your report on the Nkandla Security Upgrades as well as the Report of the President to the National Assembly; the National Assembly appointed an Ad-Hoc Committee which made the following recommendation with respect to non-security upgrades:

“the Committee recommends that the matter of what constitutes security and non-security upgrades at the President’s private residence be referred […]

UDEMWO calls for investigation on involuntary sterilisation of women by health workers

March 30th, 2015|

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Minister of Health
4th Floor, Room 417
120 Plein Street
Cape Town
8000

Dear Honourable Minister
UDEMWO calls for investigation on involuntary sterilisation of women by health workers
Recently there were allegations of doctors and nurses who perform gruesome practice of sterilisation to women without their consent. No one has the right to perform such a heinous procedure without the consent of the patient; the fact that the women are living with the virus does not mean they are less […]

UDEMWO condemns involuntary sterilisation of women by health workers

March 26th, 2015|

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) lambasts at the recent allegations against the doctors and nurses who are performing involuntary sterilisation without consent of those involved taking advantage of women living with HIV/ AIDS.

As South African women, we are surprised and offended by the latest scandal in private and public hospitals of our country.

UDEMWO feels that our rights as women have been once again violated and taken […]

UDM: Reacts to withdrawal of corruption charges due to lack of evidence

March 19th, 2015|

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General

United Democratic Movement is saddened by a high number of court cases being thrown out of court due to lack of evidence. This has worsened over the years becoming a norm in the country. We have also noticed the dragging of court cases that are costing the country a lot of money and time. This has dented the justice, prosecution and investigation system leading to many […]

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CONDOLENCE WITH THE PASSING AWAY OF MINISTER COLLINS CHABANE

March 16th, 2015|

Receiving news of the departure of Minister Collins Chabane is with immense distress and profound sadness. His passing away robs us of one of the greatest sons of our people, esteemed administrator and polished politician.
ISSUED BY MR BANTU HOLOMISA – UDM PRESIDENT

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) expresses its shock by the passing on of Minister Chabane. We would like to pass our deepest condolences to his family, the ANC, friends and comrades.

Leaders are born, live […]

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The replacement of Pansy Tlakula with Mr. Glen Mashinini

March 11th, 2015|

United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO):The replacement of Pansy Tlakula with a male candidate Mr. Glen Mashinini is not an appropriate choice.
Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General

We are not pleased by the recent appointment of Mr Glen Mashinini, the former Presidential Advisor as the new chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) replacing Pansy Tlakula.

As women the appointment of a male candidate does not sit well and it shows clearly that women are […]

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UDM WOMEN’S ORGANISATION LAMENTS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY POLICE OFFICERS:

March 10th, 2015|

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Madindi family who lost their daughter Vuyiswa and her mother Sbongile during a shoot-out spree by an off duty Constable Rhulani Nkuna in Meadowlands, Johannesburg. The Madindi relatives are the latest victims of domestic violence by a police officer who also shot himself dead. This incident is of many which occur exactly three days before the world celebrates […]

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