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Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the destructive behaviour of some Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students. The reported fight between WSU medical students and the fatal stabbing of a final year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, is shocking and seems quite senseless; it is difficult to grasp what has happened. Parents send their children to university in the hope that they will live and learn in a safe environment, yet they are [...]

2017-05-16T13:30:57+00:00 May 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|0 Comments

ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

If it was not for the serious implications of the ruling party deployment agency; one might be tempted to laugh at the situation around the reinstatement of Mr Brian Molefe as the Eskom Chief Executive (CE). Exasperated opinions by, or on, Mr Molefe, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne, the ruling party and the Eskom Board falls from the sky like hail stones on a tin roof. According to the ruling party, Mr Molefe’s reinstatement “…is [...]

Towards a National Convention

UDM Discussion Document "Towards a National Convention: The state of South Africa and finding a new common vision" (4 May 2017) Bantu Holomisa's letter to National Foundations Dialogue Initiative (http://www.nfdi.org.za/) dialogue session on “Why does South Africa need a National Dialogue? A call to the Nation.”

2017-05-04T14:08:45+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Freedom Day 2017, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at a Multi-Stakeholder Rally

Colleagues in civil society and political parties My fellow South Africans 1. Thank you to the organisers We thank today’s organisers for hosting all of us at this historic celebration of Freedom Day. It can be argued that civil society was at the centre of the campaign that brought Apartheid to its knees. We have not forgotten the work of, amongst others, Bishop Tutu and the various faith based organisations, the labour movements and the [...]

2017-04-27T11:05:49+00:00 April 27th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|0 Comments

“Leading in the South African context” Bantu Holomisa’s presentation at the Spar Gala Dinner in Durban

1. What is leadership? If we accept that leadership is a process of social influence which maximises efforts of others towards achievement of a goal, what does it mean in the South African context?   2. What is the South African “goal” Surely it is to give expression to South Africa’s Constitution; specifically, the Bill of Rights. The Country’s basic vision, as detailed in the Constitution, includes our various personal freedoms, property and labour rights, [...]

2017-04-25T18:40:34+00:00 April 25th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches, Zumagate|0 Comments

UDM condolences with children who died in Bronkhorstspruit accident

Statement by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President We have learnt with some shock and sadness of the twenty learners who were killed in a taxi accident just outside Bronkhorstspruit this afternoon. Incidents like this send chills down the spine. The images in the media, of the severely wrecked vehicles, might suggest that speed was involved. But, it must urgently be established what caused the accident and who is culpable. South Africa can’t afford [...]

2017-04-25T12:38:51+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Road Safety|0 Comments

Constitutional Court case: secret ballot for Parliamentary vote on no-confidence motion, President Zuma

Letter from Mr N Kwankwa, UDM Chief Whip to the Speaker of the National Assembly's office re "Motion of No Confidence in the President of the Republic in terms of Section 102 of the Constitution of South Africa and Section 129 of the Rules of the National Assembly" (3 April 2017) - 182KB Letter from Mabuza Attorneys to the Speaker of the National Assembly re "Urgent: Motion of No-Confidence Schedules for 18 April 2017" (6 [...]

2017-05-03T18:10:37+00:00 April 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Zumagate|1 Comment

Towards a National Convention, the UDM writes to leaders of political parties and civil society #OneVision

Dear Leaders A NATIONAL CONVENTION: THE UDM’s VIEWS ON SOLUTIONS TO THE CRISIS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND LOOKING BEYOND MARCHING FOR THE REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT ZUMA 1. Introduction When South Africans marched under the leadership of the opposition parties at the National Day of Action (12 April 2017), I advised that we cannot march forever, but that we must find a way to converge under one roof to discuss South Africa’s future. The United Democratic [...]

2017-04-18T07:05:41+00:00 April 18th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters|0 Comments

#ZumaMustFall: National Day of Action, UDM President Mr BH Holomisa, MP addresses the masses

• My colleagues in other political parties, • Leaders of civil society organisations, • Fellow South Africans from all walks of life! 1. Welcome: • On behalf of the organisers, I welcome each one of you who have made the effort to be here today. • Your presence, as well the wishes of many other freedom-loving South Africans who could not be present, is a testimony that this cause is just. • We should be [...]

2017-04-12T13:33:08+00:00 April 12th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on #ZumaMustFall: National Day of Action, UDM President Mr BH Holomisa, MP addresses the masses

Understanding the UDM, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program

• Programme Director, • Future Leaders, • Ladies and Gentlemen. 1. Introduction Before I launch into the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) vision and policy on certain issues, I want to sketch a bit of background of how we started, since that informs much of our policy and work. Almost twenty years ago, after I was unceremoniously expelled from the African National Congress (ANC), I started a consultation process with South Africans on the need for [...]

2017-04-06T12:38:18+00:00 April 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Understanding the UDM, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program

UDM writes to Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence to request urgent meeting to quiz origins of the so-called Intelligence Report

Dear Mr Nqakula REQUEST FOR URGENT MEETING: JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE The above matter refers. In my capacity as a member of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, I request that you convene an urgent meeting of the Committee to consider the widely reported and circulated ‘Intelligence Report’ [the Report] that purportedly has been the central reason for the change of leadership in the National Treasury. In order for the Committee to be [...]

2017-04-04T12:48:44+00:00 April 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Intelligence, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM writes to Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence to request urgent meeting to quiz origins of the so-called Intelligence Report

Negative impact of Zuma’s cabinet shuffle: South Africa hits junk status

President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has caused “radical economic transformation” of a different kind with Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global announcement that South Africa's sovereign credit rating has been downgraded to BB+. We might as well use the term “junk status” to describe our government. Mr Zuma bandies this phrase about, making a sweeping statement, without any clear policy detailing what his radical economic transformation entails. This not only confuses South Africans, but any international would-be [...]

2017-04-03T19:20:27+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on Negative impact of Zuma’s cabinet shuffle: South Africa hits junk status

#ZumaMustFall: Opposition united behind putting SA first

Opposition Programme of Action This Programme of Action stems from already existing partnerships and other ad hoc co-operation arrangements which exist in the country’s metros and other municipalities, where the Opposition governs for all residents, regardless of their political affiliation. The opposition-led metros serve as important platforms to show what the Opposition can do for the people of South Africa, which present a tangible example of the work that we can do, when we united [...]

2017-04-03T18:58:40+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment, Zumagate|Comments Off on #ZumaMustFall: Opposition united behind putting SA first

UDM Chief Whip asks the NA Speaker for urgent debate on President Zuma motion of no confidence

Dear Madam Speaker MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC IN TERMS OF SECTION 102 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH AFRICA AND SECTION 129 OF THE RULES OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY With his unexplained, and seemingly unilateral, cabinet reshuffle the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr JG Zuma, has effectively relegated the South African economy to junk status. Whether he considered the consequences his decision seems doubtful. South Africans will [...]

2017-04-03T19:45:39+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM Chief Whip asks the NA Speaker for urgent debate on President Zuma motion of no confidence

April Fool’s joke? Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle

The United Democratic Movement has noted President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle. The appointment of Malusi Gigaba as the new minister of finance is disconcerting, because of his clear association with the Gupta family. President Zuma is strengthening his hold on cabinet with the appointment of Sfiso Buthelezi as Gigaba’s deputy and it won’t be surprising if people start dismissing these two as indunas from the palace whose main objective would be to facilitate the further looting [...]

2017-03-31T01:16:52+00:00 March 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|3 Comments