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Heritage Day 2017

As the country celebrates another Heritage Month - and Heritage Day on Sunday - the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls for ways to resolve the intolerance and conflict between South Africans, which seems to have become the norm. We face huge challenges of cultural intolerance and racism; and it is taking a toll on South Africans’ psyche. To compound an already challenging set of circumstances, it still shocks that Bell Pottinger was so recklessly used [...]

2017-09-22T14:13:09+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Heritage, Home, Media statements: UDM|1 Comment

UDM’s reaction to the DA/PA divorce in Nelson Mandela Bay

Biased and unproven accusations. Using draft reports, without an audit opinion, not authorised by council. A national party leader quoting from a draft report. Press conferences and excited media reports promoting cheap propaganda based on a misrepresentation of the draft report. An executive mayor declining to comment on a report, because it is a draft – having first drawn vigorous attention to it. Fabrications and distortion of facts to excuse a dubious political marriage of [...]

2017-09-22T12:21:20+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|0 Comments

UDM reaction to the DA’s proposed motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) does not support the Democratic Alliance (DA) sponsored motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly. We respect the DA’s right to propose motions like any other political party represented in the National Assembly. Of immediate importance to the UDM, is the state of readiness of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. The IEC reportedly needs R300 million, as well as access to municipalities’ [...]

2017-08-10T11:25:40+00:00 August 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reaction to the DA’s proposed motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly

UDM reaction to outcome of MONC in Mr Zuma

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) accepts the result of today’s vote on the motion of no-confidence in Mr Zuma. We are however perturbed by the choice of the African National Congress (ANC) Members of the National Assembly who sided with an irreparably corrupt President. The people of South Africa have been shown the middle-finger for the eight time. We however welcome and are happy with the almost thirty ANC Members who voted against thievery and [...]

2017-08-08T19:25:02+00:00 August 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reaction to outcome of MONC in Mr Zuma

Subject for discussion: vote of no confidence in President Zuma – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) in the national assembly of the Republic of South Africa

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Members, Fellow South Africans. Following the success of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), by creating a safety net for all members of parliament, through voting by secret ballot, we have to seize the opportunity to put the people and the country first. In this regard, let us vote against the abuse of power, the infamous bogus intelligence report, and the abuse of the resources of our people. Let us vote against the [...]

2017-08-08T15:06:14+00:00 August 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Subject for discussion: vote of no confidence in President Zuma – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) in the national assembly of the Republic of South Africa

MONC secret ballot: UDM reaction to speaker’s decision

Statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Speaker’s decision to grant the request for a secret ballot when the National Assembly tomorrow votes on the motion of no-confidence in Mr Zuma. When the UDM made this request in April, we knew very well that she not only has the right, but also the responsibility to act; and act responsibly. We hope that all 400 members of the [...]

2017-08-07T16:50:40+00:00 August 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDESMO, Zumagate|Comments Off on MONC secret ballot: UDM reaction to speaker’s decision

SACP really going it alone or stage-managed strategy of the alliance?

The United Democratic Movement has noted that the South African Communist Party (SACP) will be contesting the 2019 National and Provincial Elections alone. In order for the SACP to prove that they are serious about this plan, all the party’s Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and Legislatures, as well as Councillors, should immediately resign to prevent access to Government monies and resources to bolster their campaigns. It would not be far-fetched to say this this [...]

2017-07-15T16:32:49+00:00 July 15th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on SACP really going it alone or stage-managed strategy of the alliance?

Inappropriateness of Ms B Mbete presiding over the debate on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma

Honourable Ms Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Madam Speaker Inappropriateness of your presiding over the debate on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma The above matter has reference. I write on behalf of the leaders of the African Christian Democratic Party, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement. We met [...]

2017-07-14T19:04:54+00:00 July 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on Inappropriateness of Ms B Mbete presiding over the debate on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma

Youth Day Rally, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, address by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

• National and provincial leaders of the UDM, • National and provincial leaders of the UDM, • Regional and local UDM leaders, • UDM Public Representatives, • Members of the United Democratic Movement. 1. National Youth Day 2017 Whilst the 1976-youth made their significant contribution to our democracy, today’s youth feels left out; relegated to economic hardship with no jobs and no prospects. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) therefore appreciates the young South Africans who [...]

2017-06-16T15:31:17+00:00 June 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth Day Rally, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, address by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

UDM will spend Youth Day with fire ravaged communities #KnysnaFires

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commiserates with the Garden Route communities who have lost so much in the fires that ravaged their lives. In particular, we express our condolences to the families and friends of those who so tragically lost their lives. We commend the work of our firefighters and other rescue services professionals who had to operate in the most unthinkable circumstances. Those who volunteered their time and [...]

2017-06-15T10:12:33+00:00 June 15th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM will spend Youth Day with fire ravaged communities #KnysnaFires

Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins millions of South Africans to declare, violence and abuse of women and girlchildren, a crime against humanity. Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms, as well as gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. The recent spate of gruesome murders of girls and infants, have a devastating effect on girls, women and society in general, and must be rejected [...]

2017-06-14T13:14:32+00:00 May 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members Electricity is a fundamental factor in a wide range of socio-economic matters; it is the lifeblood of an economically and socially active community. Reliable electricity has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life of the poor, in particular, those in rural areas. We need to make it a priority to promote and incorporate all viable options for electricity generation. We must aim to ensure that every household has [...]

2017-06-13T16:24:59+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Minerals and Energy, Service delivery, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson and Members The Presiding Officers of this 5th Democratic Parliament, in the foreword of the Strategic Plan 2014-19, said, “Parliament exist to represent people and to ensure their involvement in government processes”. In this regard, and in the context of celebrating its twenty years of existence, we would recommend that this house, deliberately creates more mechanisms for citizens to have access to all the laws made by Parliament. We must move towards a [...]

2017-06-13T14:43:02+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Parliamentary oversight, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Investigation into matters relating to the dispute between the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of NMBMM

Introduction The ACDP, COPE and FF Plus (the “Panel”) was requested to provide an opinion on a dispute in the coalition in PE and to adjudicate whether the parties in dispute are in breach of the Coalition Agreement (“Agreement”). The three parties resolved among itself to adjudicate the matter on a balance of probability. The following needs to be noted: The adjudication is performed purely on the papers; No single comprehensive affidavits from both parties [...]

2017-05-26T18:02:06+00:00 May 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Discussion Documents, Home|Comments Off on Investigation into matters relating to the dispute between the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of NMBMM

Debate on Budget Vote 40 – Sport and Recreation South Africa by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the budget vote. The budget reduction in this department does not augur well for the promotion, development and transformation of sport in our Country. Already, compensation to the departmental employees had to be reduced on an escalating scale during the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, totalling R4.9 million. The next victims of this reduction are goods and services. Regrettably, the very people who would have benefitted from the [...]

2017-05-31T16:48:54+00:00 May 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Sport and Recreation|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 40 – Sport and Recreation South Africa by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP

Debate on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – Bantu Holomisa in National Assembly

Honourable Chairperson and Members The United Democratic Movement supports Budget 19. As we celebrate Africa Day, we are reminded of the important role played by our soldiers in keeping peace on our continent. I am certain, that their contribution will one day make Africa a continent for all its people and the world-over. In the context of my responsibility in the Defence Force Service Commission, I invite the Minister and the Joint Standing Committee on [...]

2017-06-13T15:00:49+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – Bantu Holomisa in National Assembly