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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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UDEMWO condemns involuntary sterilisation of women by health workers

March 26th, 2015|

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenjwa: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the National Assembly: Baleka Mbete

September 18th, 2014|

by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly
Honourable Deputy-Chairperson

Honourable Deputy President

Honourable Ministers and Deputy-Ministers Honourable Members

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) endorses the motion of no confidence in the current Speaker, Baleka Mbete, on grounds already presented in this house.

Before she was elected into office, the Speaker is on record distorting and attacking outcomes of the Public Protector’s investigations on Nkandla. This distortion and attack has since been sustained by the organisation she presides over as its […]

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Motion without Notice: Toddler Dies In Drain

September 16th, 2014|

Motion without Notice in the National Assembly by CN Majeke, MP
Subject: Toddler Dies In Drain

I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM): that the house:
(1) notes that on Saturday, 13 September of 2014, a toddler in Uitenhage died after falling into an uncovered storm water drain;

(2) further notes that the residents in the community are reported to have frequently complained to the municipality that the storm water […]

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Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home

September 16th, 2014|

Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home by CN Filtane (MP)

I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM): that the house:
(1) Notes that on the evening of Tuesday the 9th of September 2014, Buffalo City Ward Councillor, Gideon Norexe’s house was allegedly burnt into ashes by angry residents.

(2) Further notes that incidence took place just two weeks after the alleged assault of […]

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High incidence of violence and abuse against women and children

September 11th, 2014|

Address by Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly regarding the high incidence of violence and abuse against women and children

Hon Speaker, and Honourable Members

Twenty years into our democracy, our women and children continue to be victims of gender and child abuse. We still need a radical social paradigm shift about gender – equality that should usher in a new generation of women and men working together to create a human world order that […]

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Motion without notice on Bryan Habana in the National Assembly

September 11th, 2014|

I move without notice on behalf the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) move without notice: That the house

(1) Notes that Brayan Habana, who was born on the 12 June 1983 in Benoni, Johannesburg, Gauteng has contributed significantly on the field of play, Rugby.

(2) Habana has proved without reasonable doubts his talent when in 2007 Rugby World Cup was named one of the best players and at the time he was 24 years […]

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Incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court 10 September 2014

September 11th, 2014|

Motion without notice in the National Assembly on 11 September 2014 by ML Filtane, MP

Motion without notice on the incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court yesterday, 10 September 2014

I hereby move, on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) move without notice, that the house;

(1) Notes the incident which unfolded at the Mthatha High Court yesterday where two dangerous suspects died on the scene and one official was reported wounded, […]

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Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane

September 11th, 2014|

Motion without Notice in the National Assembly by Ms Majeke, MP Subject: Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane

I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement, that the house notes that:

Mr Ndabambi Mthenjane an unsung liberation struggle hero passed away on 28 August 2014 at his Soweto home.
Mr Mthenjane who turned 100 years on the 28 February 2014, is known for his firebrand activism with unlimited opinions about the […]

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Follow-up question: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

September 10th, 2014|

Follow up questions to the Governance Cluster – Question 107 – Hon Filtane – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Minster, the Auditor General’s Report (2012-13) for municipalities shows an increase on the Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure of 31% of which 41% is attributed to EC Municipalities including the KSD Municipality wherein more than R7 m has been reported to have been spent irregularly, unauthorised and fruitlessly. What is the department’s plan to deal with what AG […]

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