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KwaZulu-Natal precarious weather

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families who had lost their loved ones in the past 3 days, due to the severe and dreich weather in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Party also sympathises with the members of different communities [...]

Condolences with passing of Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu

We have learnt with shock of the untimely passing of the AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu. His death is a terrible loss for the Xhosa Nation and South Africa. King Zwelonke was an outspoken and independent individual who did not shy away from expressing his opinions – especially when things were not right in [...]

2020-05-25T14:42:51+02:00November 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Condolences with passing of Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu

KZN provincial government is extravagant

The United Democratic Movement is perturbed by the news that the MEC for Education in the Province is using a hired motor vehicle for his official business that is costing taxpayers a whooping R100 000 per month. This is unbelievable if one considers that the ANC claims to be the government of the people and [...]

2020-05-25T14:43:34+02:00November 12th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Opinion Pieces, UDM statements: KZN, Uncategorized|Comments Off on KZN provincial government is extravagant

A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by the sad news of the passing of an educator at Sivuyile Primary School in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape. The video of a heated argument between an Educator and a learner started circulating on social media late last week. The UDM is [...]

2020-05-25T14:42:55+02:00November 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

UDM reaction to Mmusi Maimane’s resignation

The past few days has certainly been interesting in terms of changes to the South African political landscape. Not only has senior leader, Herman Mashaba, announced that he can no longer remain a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA), now its federal leader Mmusi Maimane has resigned. The pressure brought on by Ryan Coetzee, [...]

2020-05-25T14:43:44+02:00October 23rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Democracy, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|Comments Off on UDM reaction to Mmusi Maimane’s resignation

Water issues in Msinga and the prevailing corruption: KwaZulu Natal

  The United Democratic Movement (UDM), in KwaZulu-Natal, pleads with the Umzinyathi District Municipality, the Water Services Authority responsible for water supply in Msinga Local Municipality, to at least respect the law under which it is established, The Water Services Act. This municipality has displayed unwillingness, pure disregard and arrogance in servicing people of Msinga [...]

2020-05-25T14:43:51+02:00October 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Cogta, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Water issues in Msinga and the prevailing corruption: KwaZulu Natal

The incarceration of a #FeesMustFall student continues: Khanya Cekeshe

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard is very much dismayed by the decision of the Johannesburg Magistrate Court in dismissing Khanya Cekeshe’s application for bail and denying him leave to appeal his conviction and sentence. This can easily be construed as a rigid application of the law [...]

2020-05-25T14:44:17+02:00October 15th, 2019|#FeesMustFall, 2019 Archive, Government, Media statements: UDMYV, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on The incarceration of a #FeesMustFall student continues: Khanya Cekeshe

South African Post Office Service Sucks: Poor service delivery

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disheartened by the poor service rendered by the Post Office, The Tramshed branch in Pretoria (Tshwane) cbd to be precisely has been offline for quite some time. The customers are receiving a raw deal. This post office cannot provide basic services [...]

2020-05-25T15:00:30+02:00October 10th, 2019|2019 Archive, Archives, Bongani Msomi, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, State Owned Enterprises, Youth Issues|Comments Off on South African Post Office Service Sucks: Poor service delivery

Vehicle financing: Holomisa asks Wesbank CEO some pointed questions

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF WESBANK, CHRIS DE KOCK Mr Chris de Kock Wesbank Chief Executive Officer Enterprise Road Fairland 2170 Dear Mr De Kock ALLEGED CORRUPTION IN MOTOR VEHICLE SALES: THIRTY MORE PEOPLE CONFIRM SEEMING FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING WESBANK FINANCING 1. Introduction Our meeting of the 10th of May [...]

Violence against women and children, and crime in South Africa

Honourable Speaker, Mr President and Deputy President, Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Honourable Members. 1. Introduction The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commends the fact that Parliament is debating solutions to gender-based violence, child abuse, rampant crime in general, as well as lawlessness. We are here today in response to the brave women of this country [...]

2020-05-25T15:00:46+02:00September 18th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Violence against women and children, and crime in South Africa

University of Zululand:Vulnerability of Students

  Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement notes with concern the vulnerability of students who resides in private accommodations that are not part of the university’s residences and it supports the initiative of students for embarking on a protest demonstration. The students opt to lodge or stay at private accommodation because the [...]

2020-05-25T15:00:52+02:00September 18th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Issues, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN, Youth Issues|Comments Off on University of Zululand:Vulnerability of Students

Open Letter to President Ramaphosa: gender-based violence

  Ms Thandi Nontenja Dear Mr President Recently, the country has been ravaged by news of gender based violence, women being abducted, raped and murdered. This is an everyday life for women in this country hence now we have the #AmInext movement, because honestly we are constantly stressing about who is going to [...]

2020-05-25T15:01:04+02:00September 10th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDEMWO, Open Letters, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Open Letter to President Ramaphosa: gender-based violence

Violence against women: Punishment of women abusers is a laughing stock

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organization is disheartened by violence against women and children that is currently taking place throughout South Africa, Uyinene Mrwetyana a young girl who had a bright future was deprived an opportunity to achieve her goals and dreams, she didn’t just die, she was brutally [...]

2020-05-25T15:01:10+02:00September 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Xenophobia, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Violence against women: Punishment of women abusers is a laughing stock

UDM statement on the IFP’s newly elected leadership

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to congratulate the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on its successful National Elective Congress held from the 23rd to the 25th of August, 2019. It is heartening that this National Elective Congress was able to elect a [...]

2020-05-25T15:01:28+02:00August 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Issues, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on UDM statement on the IFP’s newly elected leadership

Old SA flag: the Equality Court missed an opportunity

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes with concern the recent ruling by the Equality Court on the matter between The National Mandela Foundation Trust and with Afriforum NPC and others. The UDM is of the view that the relief sought and eventually acceded to by the Deputy [...]

Reflection on the deployment of the SANDF in the Western Cape

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is aware that it has been several weeks since the deployment of the soldiers in some of the gang war areas in the Western Cape and the sad part is that the killings or the number of people being killed brutally in the [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:03+02:00August 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Defence, Home|Comments Off on Reflection on the deployment of the SANDF in the Western Cape

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the Vote on Public Works

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and members of the executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguish Guests And visitors at the gallery be greeted in Jesus naame Madam Speaker the United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the report, however Honourable Speaker, government must find a comprehensive approach on how to [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:12+02:00August 20th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Mahlati, Home, Public Works, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the Vote on Public Works

Bantu Holomisa’s address at the Colloquium on Civil Military Relations in South Africa

• Honourable Chairperson • Honourable Minister and Deputy Minister • Secretary of Defence • Fellow Committee Members and Parliamentarians • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Thank you Allow me this opportunity to thank our Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, Mr VC Xaba, MP, for the opportunity to address you today. [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:19+02:00August 20th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Defence, Home|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s address at the Colloquium on Civil Military Relations in South Africa

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the debate on violence against women and femicide

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the debate on violence against women and femicide on 16 August 2019 A very emotional issue indeed. The United Democratic Movement supports the support given by this House to fighting violence against women. Accordingly, we propose that the Zizipho Apleni be invited to come and [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:25+02:00August 16th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the debate on violence against women and femicide

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: transport

1. Transportation plays a very critical role in the economy and livelihoods in our province. It’s all about moving goods and passengers. 2. The hot and cold relationship that this department has with the taxi industry remains, not just a matter of ongoing concern, but a risk to the above-mentioned scenario. Finally, a lasting [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:36+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches, Transport|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: transport

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Education

1. The MEC’s commitment to further improve the matric results is most appreciated. The United Democratic Movement commits to support all efforts that will take our Eastern Cape learners to greater heights. However, education always exists in a world in transition. Accordingly teaching methods and curricula have got to constantly change to adapt to [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:41+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Education

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the budget debate on Cogta

Honourable Speaker Honourable Premier Honourable Members of the Executive Council Honourable Members of the Legislature Government officials Distinguished guests Ladies and gentleman I greet you all in the name of the Mighty Lord Jesus Christ (i) Honourable MEC you said that your priorities have been embedded into the B2B programme that your government adopted [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:47+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Mahlati, Cogta, Home|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the budget debate on Cogta

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the budget debate on Health

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the budget debate on Health on 15 August 2019 Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier and Honourable Members of the Executive, Honourable members and government officials, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the view that the budget of R25,189 billion allocated to the department of Health, if [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:53+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Mahlati, Health, Home|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the budget debate on Health

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Office of the Premier

1. This is the engine of the provincial administration which carries the aspirations of the citizens of the Eastern Cape. It is supposed to be the centre of policy formulation, implementation and coordination. It has to ensure that social and economic practise of the provincial administration are effected. However, it faces the challenge of [...]

2020-05-25T15:15:30+02:00August 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Provincial Premier, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Office of the Premier

UDMYV: Return of “drug mule” Babsie Nobanda

  The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard would like to congratulate Nolubabalo “Babsie” Nobanda for taking her destiny into her own hands whilst imprisoned in Thailand for drug smuggling. She is returning home with a degree in communications obtained from the University of South Africa. However, we are concerned that she is coming back [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:59+02:00August 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Economy, Job creation, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDMYV: Return of “drug mule” Babsie Nobanda

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Social Development

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and members of the executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguished Guests And visitors at the gallery be greeted in Jesus name The increase of the total budget for 2019/20 financial year is appreciated and will make a difference especially in Social Welfare Services, [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:05+02:00August 13th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Social development and welfare, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Social Development

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the budget debate on economic development

1. Having tried to juxtapose the MEC‘s policy speech with his department’s operational plan driven by such a minute budget, I could only conclude that the Eastern Cape government is going nowhere. When you reduce, by as much as 25%, the budget of Treasury, what do you expect to achieve in the sickly fiscal [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:11+02:00August 13th, 2019|2019 Archive, Economy, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the budget debate on economic development

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote 12: Treasury

1. Having tried to juxtapose the MEC‘s policy speech with his department’s operational plan driven by such a minute budget, I could only conclude that the Eastern Cape government is going nowhere. When you reduce, by as much as 25%, the budget of Treasury, what do you expect to achieve in the sickly fiscal [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:17+02:00August 13th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches, Treasury|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote 12: Treasury

Women’s Day: 25 years on and women are still under attack

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation would like to wish every woman out there, a good Woman’s Day. We are the mothers and daughters; we are well-able and there is absolutely nothing a woman cannot do. However, how do we celebrate Women’s Month if there is, in fact, nothing [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:24+02:00August 8th, 2019|2019 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Women’s Day: 25 years on and women are still under attack

Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President’s address at the BPI Foundation’s 2019 Summit

Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President’s address at the BPI Foundation’s 2019 Summit on 1 and 2 August 2019 at the Midrand Conference Centre Topic of discussion: “The oneness and shared success we seek and should aspire to as a new nation and developing country, while battling with deep wounds of our historical atrocities” • [...]

Special message to Minister of Police re murder of Senzo Meyiwa

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As the nation still mourns the passing away of Mr Sam Meyiwa, the father of the treasured footballer Senzo Meyiwa, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has a special message for Minister of Police Bheki Cele to do whatever is needed to bring to book Senzo’s murderers. The [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:30+02:00August 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Police|Comments Off on Special message to Minister of Police re murder of Senzo Meyiwa

Bantu Holomisa reacts to ANC’s Jesse Duarte statement

Ms Jesse Duarte took the opportunity to make scornful remarks about leaders who have left the African National Congress (ANC), and casting aspersion on their integrity, in an SABC “documentary”. Clearly, the SABC is still run as a subsidiary of the ANC and it still uses the public broadcaster as a publicity tool, hiding its [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:37+02:00July 31st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa reacts to ANC’s Jesse Duarte statement

Youth unemployment can only be solved at an Economic Indaba

Second quarter stats have shown that youth unemployment has risen significantly and President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned the citizens of this country to prepare themselves for more job losses. These pronouncements come just after the President’s famous promise of the creation of two million jobs in ten years’ time. President Ramaphosa cannot make beautiful statements [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:43+02:00July 30th, 2019|#NationalSummit, 2019 Archive, Economy, Home, Job creation, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth unemployment can only be solved at an Economic Indaba

Butterworth school closure threatens children’s future

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is aware of the shutdown of Zanokhanyo Junior Secondary School in Butterworth because of dilapidation. This illustrates the failure by the Eastern Cape and National Department of Education. On a daily basis, the ANC-led government emphasizes how important education is, but the condition [...]

2020-05-25T15:14:46+02:00July 25th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education|Comments Off on Butterworth school closure threatens children’s future

Holomisa writes to PIC Commission re alleged R2.5m personal loan from VBS to Dr Dan Matjila, former PIC boss

Dear Advocate Lubbe SC DR DAN MATJILA’S EXPECTED TESTIMONY AT THE MPATI COMMISSION: FURTHER GERMANE INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM A WHISTLE-BLOWER I herewith acknowledge receipt of your email, dated 6 July 2019, wherein you informed me that - according to the rules of the commission of inquiry into allegations of impropriety regarding the Public Investment [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:49+02:00July 8th, 2019|#PICScandal, 2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters|Comments Off on Holomisa writes to PIC Commission re alleged R2.5m personal loan from VBS to Dr Dan Matjila, former PIC boss

The UDM in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the IFP to come clean on its forever lasting investigation of its uMzinyathi District Municipality Mayor

On 24 May 2019, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) exposed, in the form of recordings, the until then, widely speculated allegations of corruption of the Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) uMzinyathi District Municipality Mayor. The allegations pertained to the siphoning off of funds from that municipality. In an Isolezwe newspaper article on the 3rd of June, [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:54+02:00July 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Government, Home, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on The UDM in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the IFP to come clean on its forever lasting investigation of its uMzinyathi District Municipality Mayor

Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA on the 28th June 2019 delivered by the Honourable Mncedisi Filtane, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

1. We would like to take this opportunity as the United Democratic Movement and formally congratulate you on your crowning as the Premier. However, William Shakespeare once scribed in Julius Caesar, if my memory serves me well: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown’’. You will be no exception to this notion. Let [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:59+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, SOPA, Speeches|Comments Off on Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA on the 28th June 2019 delivered by the Honourable Mncedisi Filtane, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA delivered by the Honourable FG Mahlati, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and Members of the Executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguished guests and visitors at the gallery Be greeted in Jesus’ name. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you, we wish you all of the best and happiness in your new venture, may [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:06+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SOPA|Comments Off on Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA delivered by the Honourable FG Mahlati, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement has observed that there have been too many service delivery protests around South Africa, prior to elections and after. We hoped to see less of these occurrences, especially after elections, but seemingly they are increasing on a daily basis. We saw what happened when [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:11+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil Disobedience, Housing and Human Settlements, Human rights, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

Youth expectations for SONA: #DataMustFall

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng President Cyril Ramaphosa’s expected state of the nation address (SONA), must be solution orientated with a clear plan and time frames for its implementation. We as young people, and as the majority of the population, need things to happen and happen fast. We cannot have another rehash of [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:22+02:00June 19th, 2019|#DataMustFall, 2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, SONA, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth expectations for SONA: #DataMustFall

Youth Day 2019: economic emancipation for the young

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Youth Vanguard is concerned about the state of our nation since tough economic times leave the youth of South Africa out on the margins of economic participation. Our youth has for the past 25 years under democratic rule, been fighting for economic [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:27+02:00June 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth Day 2019: economic emancipation for the young

UDESMO: Violence at schools and universities must stop

It is with deep despondency that the United Democratic Students’ Movement (UDESMO) heard of yet another act of serious violence at one of our institutions of learning, this time at Forest High School in Johannesburg. There were also reports of two Walter Sisulu University students who were killed at the weekend, at what is [...]