Department of Labour Compensation Fund: corruption and wasteful expenditure

April 15th, 2014|

To:                 The Public Protector – Ms Thuli Madonsela
Copy:           The President of the Republic – Mr Jacob Zuma
                         The Auditor General – Mr Thembekile Makwethu
From:          The UDM President – Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
subject:         Department of Labour Compensation Fund: corruption and wasteful expenditure

Dear Ms Madonsela

The [...]

Address: by Bantu Holomisa at a UDM Elections Rally Community Hall, Seeisoville, Kroonstad

April 13th, 2014|

• Mr Mbhazima Shilowa
• Leaders of the UDM in the Free State
• My fellow South Africans

This is the third rally, which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) organised this weekend. We yesterday moved from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape and today we are here in the Free State. The previous weekend we hosted rallies in Limpopo, the North West and in Mpumalanga.

The reason I mention this, is to prove to [...]

Holomisa speaks at UDM Rally at Gompo Community Hall, Duncan Village, East London

April 12th, 2014|

• Leaders of the UDM in the Eastern Cape
• UDM public representatives
• My fellow South Africans


The 2014 elections campaign of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is gaining momentum.

Just this morning I addressed a full-hall in Khayelitsha. Tomorrow Mhbazima Shilowa and I will be in Kroonstad in the Free State.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for making the time to listen to what the UDM would do if it was [...]

Address: by the UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa at a UDM Elections Rally in OR Tambo Sports Centre, Khayelitsha

April 12th, 2014|

• Leaders of the UDM in the Western Cape
• UDM Public representatives
• My fellow South Africans

Welcome to this rally of the United Democratic Movement (UDM).

Thank you for spending your time with us; thank you for coming to listen to what the UDM believes is needed so that we can transform South Africa into a Winning Nation.

We hope that you leave this rally, equipped with the necessary knowledge to make an informed [...]

Human rights: women and children in mining communities in need of urgent help

April 10th, 2014|

His Excellency, Mr JG Zuma, President of the Republic South Africa
The Minister of Social Development
Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission
Chairperson of the National Council of Churches

This  matter has reference.

I recently visited many of the surrounding mining townships and villages in the North West and Limpopo – amongst others, Marikana, Impala No 9, Ntabeni and Smasha Block.

The women and children of these communities are worse affected and are quite literally [...]

Holomisa pays tribute to a friend and comrade on the 21st anniversary of Chris Hani’s assassination

April 9th, 2014|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) pays tribute to a friend and comrade, the late Chris Hani, on the 21st anniversary of his assassination.

The unwarranted murder of Chris Hani robbed South Africa one of its most charismatic and principled sons thus drastically changing the course this country would have taken. Hani’s unshakable belief in the eradication of poverty, prosperous and corruption free South Africa, amongst many other noble ideas, would have undoubtedly steered this country firmly [...]

ANC imbedded within IEC

April 8th, 2014|

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, has brought the Electoral Commission into disrepute in terms of Chapter 2, Paragraph 9 (c) of the Electoral Commission’s act (51 of 1996) which states that:

“ (9) No members of the commission:
(c) may, by his or her membership, association, statement, conduct or in any other manner place in jeopardy his or her perceived independence, or in any other manner harm the credibility, impartiality, independence [...]

Address: by the President to of the United Democratic Movement, Mr Bantu Holomisa at a meeting with Traditional and business leaders as well as Leaders of Religious Groupings, Khanyisa High School, Mthatha

April 2nd, 2014|

• Traditional leaders
• Leaders of religious organisations
• Provincial Office Bearers of the UDM in the Eastern Cape
• UDM Public Representatives
• My fellow South Africans and Transkeians

We stand at the precipice of what can be a great change in the future of our country – in your futures.

We can all agree that many things have gone right in the past 20 years, but the tragedy of the South African story [...]

UDM outrage at R10m tender scam in Buffalo City and asks the Public Protector to investigate

April 2nd, 2014|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is outraged at the blatant attempt by the Buffalo City Municipality to sweep under the carpet the R10 million housing scandal implicating a senior African National Congress (ANC) official.

Also, it was widely reported that Koko Godlo, whose company was awarded the tender, was appointed by the ANC to head its elections campaign for 2014. The link to the ruling party is clear. It is no wonder that he was [...]

President Zuma response to the Public Protector’s report further confirms his ethical clumsiness

March 31st, 2014|

President Jacob Zuma’s latest outburst, in response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings on Nkandla, is yet another demonstration that he is not a moral agent and unfit to lead South Africa.

Firstly, Mr Zuma – as the chief executive of the country – ought to have known everything that related to government spending at his private residence. Particularly given the amount of public money involved. His continued posture, playing ignorant, does not only expose [...]

Speech: Welcoming former Democratic Alliance and African National Congress members into the UDM Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (Gugulethu High School, Cape Town)

March 30th, 2014|

• Leadership of the UDM in the Western Cape
• UDM Public Representatives
• The people who live in the Cape Flats and Gugulethu in particular
• New members of the UDM
• My fellow South Africans


I am heartened by the many faces I see before me, because we are united in the knowledge that we have a common cause i.e. we want to go back to the original agenda, which is to better [...]

UDEMWO welcomes Kutumela sentence, but is it enough?

March 28th, 2014|

The United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased to hear that Thato Kutumela has been sentenced to ten years for rape and 20 years for the murder of his 18-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend.

We are however disappointed that Kutumela’s sentences will run concurrently and hope that he will never be paroled. Our courts should mete out harsh sentences on the perpetrators of abuse and violence against women and children.

UDEMWO believes that a zero-tolerance system should be employed to [...]

Holomisa on Amcu strike: Call for both parties to give face-to-face negotiations another try

March 28th, 2014|

With Implats’ announcement that it would consider abandoning its new R11bn Leeuwkop platinum mine, unless it could redesign it as a mechanised mine, is bad news for South Africans who are desperate for work, especially from nearby communities.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the view that “go-betweens” are not the way to go. As former members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) – still smarting from the loss of NUM’s status as [...]

Statement: the ANC wants to erode public confidence in the Public Protector

March 27th, 2014|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is outraged at the sustained attack on the Public Protector by the various offshoots of the African National Congress (ANC).

The latest outburst by the ruling party’s chief whip of parliament, Mr Stone Sizani, only exposes his ignorance of the very same laws he is entrusted to make and is consistent with the attitude of the ANC towards institutions that investigate corruption without fear, favour or prejudice.

This unwarranted aggressive stance [...]

Mr Holomisa speech: Commemoration of Human Rights Day at Gxwalibomvu

March 21st, 2014|

Address of the UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the Commemoration of Human Rights Day at Gxwalibomvu

Leadership of the United Democratic Movement in the Eastern Cape
The people from Gxwalibomvu
My fellow South Africans


On behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), I wish to thank the people of Gxwalibomvu for the gracious invitation to commemorate Human Rights Day with you.

Today we are welcomed in a part in of the Eastern [...]

UDM Contribution at Human Rights Day Celebration at Sharpeville

March 21st, 2014|

Speech from Mrs Thandi Nontenja (UDM National Treasurer) to be delivered at the Department of Arts and Culture Human Rights Day

Programme Director

The Minister of the Department of Arts and Culture, Premier of Gauteng – Nomvula Mokonyane Leaders of other Political Parties Fellow South Africans:

It is an honour and a privilege to be part of the commemoration of what we used to call Sharpeville Day back then. It is befitting for this day to be [...]

Nkandla: President Zuma no longer has the moral authority to lead – it’s time to go

March 19th, 2014|

The scathing report of the Public Protector on the so-called Nkandla “upgrades” probably marks one of the darkest moments in the history our country since the advent of democracy in 1994.

The findings that President Zuma has once again violated the Executive Members Ethics Code through his failure to act in protection of state resources, that he tacitly accepted the implementation of all measures at his residence and has unduly benefited from the enormous capital [...]

UDM Manifesto 2014

February 2nd, 2014|

Message from UDM President
Bantu Holomisa

My fellow South Africans

2014 is an auspicious year, as South Africans mark 20 years of freedom.

The Bill of Rights ensures that all the citizens of our beautiful country have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Our dignity has been restored and we enjoy freedom and security of our person. We can live where we want to. No one is denied access to establishments based on [...]

Water Affairs and Forestry Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
In terms of Water Affairs and Forestry, Government must play a significant resource management role. This places Water Affairs and Forestry squarely within the ambit of the Presidential Council on Planned Sustainable Development that is proposed in UDM Economic and Public Works policies. As a resource, water specifically must play a key role in Planned Sustainable Development programmes aimed at creating safe and productive communities.

Despite current programmes to bring water to the [...]

Minerals and Energy Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
Recognising that the past distribution of mining and minerals resources was inequitable, the UDM acknowledges the constitutional obligation to ensure equitable distribution. The UDM furthermore recognises the pivotal role that minerals and energy can play to address poverty. Therefore the UDM will, in consultation with all stakeholders, negotiate for a more equitable distribution of minerals and energy resources. This process will not be abused in the ANC fashion of transformation, which merely [...]

Home Affairs Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
1.1. Current duties of the Department of Home Affairs
The Department of Home Affairs has regulatory, compliance and service delivery functions. It has a vast client and user base. The total South African population and all foreigners who visit South Africa are clients of the Department. Government Departments and institutions that require essential information about the population and migration are all users of the Department of Home Affairs.

The policies and services of [...]

Public Service and Administration Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
A priority function of any government should be to not only maintain, but also to constantly improve, the quality of life of all South Africans.

A UDM government will ensure that its Public Service and Administration department focuses on providing quality service delivery to South Africans across all Government departments.

This document identifies the priority areas that the Department of Public Service and Administration under a UDM Government will focus on to ensure that [...]

Transport Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
A UDM Government will strive for excellence in making sure that all modes of transport are the safest way of travel, including safe and efficient infrastructure. Roads in particular will be maintained in good condition at all times including signage as it is our belief that if every road user would comply with properly constructed roads and road signage there would be a dramatic decrease in accidents. All modes of transport will [...]

Agriculture Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
Agriculture continues to play an important role in South Africa. It provides employment and business opportunities to more than a million people. In addition, Agriculture represents a significant proportion of South African exports, and thus makes a valuable contribution towards generating foreign revenue for the Country.

The UDM is of the view that the role of Agriculture can be expanded even further. We believe that Agriculture can form part of a larger plan [...]

Social Development Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
The Economic Policy of the ANC has produced jobless growth. This has led to thousands of retrenchments, especially among the unskilled. These people were often the sole breadwinners in their households. ANC policy has thus increased the bulk of people who depend on government welfare assistance to survive.

The Social Development system was not designed to accommodate this huge increase in people who require assistance, because it only provides limited coverage to the [...]

Provincial and local government Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
The UDM proposes the rapid expansion of the role of Local Government, as the sphere of government that is closest to the people. The equitable share of revenue that is allocated to Local Government must be increased to ensure that development and delivery at community level becomes a reality.

The role of Provincial Government should be focussed upon coordinating development, building capacity and skills within Local Government, and assisting Local Governments in crisis [...]

Education Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
This policy seeks to bridge the gap created by past imbalances in Education, in line with the Constitution that recognises the right of every child and citizen to be educated.

In this regard the UDM supports free public education from primary school until Grade 12, as well as more Government assistance for students studying in select tertiary and professional subjects, such as Engineering, that will contribute to the overall economic and social development [...]

Foreign Affairs Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|

1. Introduction
The UDM’s foreign policy is founded on the will of the people as expressed by the norms and principles found in the South African Constitution. The UDM will pursue, through its foreign policy, prosperity and security in the interests of South Africa’s people.
2. Aims and objectives
The UDM shall define and pursue South Africa’s national interests strictly according to the norms and principles, expressed in the Constitution, in the execution of [...]