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UDM welcomes ATM’s youth Deputy President and his followers to the UDM in Johannesburg

• Our newly arrived young lions • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Welcome Today the United Democratic Movement (UDM) proudly accepts a group of young lions into the fold. Welcome! You will have to hit the ground running as elections are around the corner. As new members of the UDM you will be part of the drive to rid our country of one-party dominance. We have all witnessed how one-party dominance has brought South Africa to [...]

2019-03-07T12:46:10+02:00March 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on UDM welcomes ATM’s youth Deputy President and his followers to the UDM in Johannesburg

UDEMWO: Women are not punch bags

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Women abuse has become our daily bread, we are sick and tired of waking up to outrageous stories that revolves around women abuse. We are absolutely shocked and disturbed by a video of kwaito star Mampintsha that is making the rounds on social media showing that he is seemingly beating his girlfriend Bongekile Simelane, better known as ‘Babes Wodumo’. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes [...]

2019-03-04T16:49:20+02:00March 4th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: Women are not punch bags

UDM welcomes President Ramaphosa’s green initiative

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government will start a massive clean-up campaign to get rid of the litter and waste that lay by our road-sides and fouls our communities. We welcome this move, as it is in line with the UDM’s environmental policy and this year’s election manifesto. Every city, town, suburb, township, informal settlement and rural areas are filthy and is in desperate need of intervention. Many [...]

2019-03-04T16:34:50+02:00March 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Environment, Home|Comments Off on UDM welcomes President Ramaphosa’s green initiative

UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

We find it extremely difficult to digest the fact that three women, who hail from the Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape were, late last year, burnt to death because they had allegedly been witchcraft practitioners. This can only be described as the worst aberration of what might be called “mob justice”. It was recently reported that elderly women in the Eastern Cape are physically abused, raped and killed, because they practised [...]

2019-03-01T10:53:06+02:00March 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disgusted that yet another African National Congress (ANC) leader has been accused of women abuse. As the story unfolds, we note that these accusations constantly rotate amongst the ruling party’s prominent male leaders. Some of those alleged culprits have been Danny Jordaan, Marius Fransman, Mduduzi Manana, and more recently Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa. And, lest we forget, their very own, former president Jacob Zuma. Even [...]

2019-02-28T11:02:25+02:00February 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

UDM writes to the President regarding stock theft in the Eastern Cape specifically affecting small farmers

Honourable Mr Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa Tuynhuys Building Parliament Street CAPE TOWN 8000 Dear Honourable, Ramaphosa REQUEST FOR YOUR URGENT INTERVENTION: EASTERN CAPE RURAL SMALL FARMERS’ STOCK THEFT Responding to an official invitation by Masifunisane Community Organisation, which is a voluntary association of small-scale rural livestock farmers, to meet with their leaders and members on Sunday, the 24th of February 2019, in Elliotdale. Present in the meeting were rural livestock farmers from Elliotdale, Libode, Mthatha, [...]

2019-02-26T17:07:20+02:00February 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UDM writes to the President regarding stock theft in the Eastern Cape specifically affecting small farmers

Bantu Holomisa writes to the President re backdated salary payments of KwaZulu-Natal indunas

Mr CM Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Mr President Yesterday, upon my visit to Isizwe Sakwampukunyoni at Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, under Nkosi Mzokhulayo Mkhwanazi, I met with over thirty indunas at the Mgeba Traditional Council offices. They alleged that all indunas of this province have not received their back-pay from 2013 up to 2017. It is alleged that former President Jacob Zuma had approved such [...]

2019-02-26T17:01:57+02:00February 26th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Open Letters|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to the President re backdated salary payments of KwaZulu-Natal indunas

Bantu Holomisa’s keynote address at the launch of the UDM’s manifesto

• Deputy President of the UDM; • UDM National Office Bearers; • Members of our National Executive Committee; • The party’s provincial leadership; • The Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor and the people of this metro who are our hosts; • Members and supporters of the UDM; • Fellow South Africans; Introduction Good day to you all, including those who are watching from home; welcome to the unveiling of the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) [...]

2019-02-18T13:06:25+02:00February 16th, 2019|2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s keynote address at the launch of the UDM’s manifesto

The UDM’s reaction to #SONA2019

• Honourable Speaker and chairperson of the NCOP • Mister President • Honourable Members South Africa needs key interventions in order to eradicate poverty, place more citizens in jobs, in particular young people, whilst closing the gap between the haves and the have nots. Firstly, we need massive investment in the maintenance and development of a well-coordinated and integrated socio-economic infrastructure that is driven by government. Reading the City Press report recently on the [...]

2019-02-13T09:08:37+02:00February 12th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, SONA, Speeches|1 Comment

UDM KZN: KwaZulu-Natal’s “missing” R220 million drought relief funds

The R220 million, that was meant to give drought-stricken communities and farmers in KwaZulu-Natal some relief, has seemingly vanished in a flourish of orchestrated thievery. This situation has, for instance, had a devastating effect on the Pomeroy Community Health Centre in Msinga which must keep water in dustbins just to flush toilets. It also is a great disappointment that four years have passed without the incumbent opposition parties in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature raising the [...]

2019-02-07T17:33:37+02:00February 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on UDM KZN: KwaZulu-Natal’s “missing” R220 million drought relief funds

R116m of the PIC’s money to allegedly be spent on UWC student accommodation without due diligence

Dear Honourable Minister Mboweni REQUEST FOR THE URGENT INTERVENTION ON THE POSSIBLE IRREGULAR FUNDING OF IKHAYA STUDENT ACCOMMODATION (PTY) LTD BY THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION The above has reference, and I attach hereto relevant documents for your ease of reference. The referenced documents suggest, amongst others, that: 1. Based on an email dated 4 February 2019 from the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) Roy Rajdhar to some George Blackenberg, it appears, that the PIC is [...]

2019-02-06T15:39:44+02:00February 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on R116m of the PIC’s money to allegedly be spent on UWC student accommodation without due diligence

Ongoing student protests at KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by the escalation of violent student demonstrations at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and FET colleges in the province. The UDM condemns any use of force and violence in the strongest terms. We call for cool heads and calm, as violence has already led to the tragic loss of a student’s life. We call on all VCs and university executives [...]

2019-02-06T14:19:13+02:00February 6th, 2019|#FeesMustFall, 2019 Archive, Home|Comments Off on Ongoing student protests at KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions

UDM Youth Vanguard: KZN student protests: the education department is yet again missing in action

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDM Youth Vanguard) is disgusted and angry at higher education minister Naledi Pandor’s deafening silence when, year-by-year, students are driven to protest to get their basic right to education upheld. The dream of free tertiary education in South Africa is fleeting and the promise itself rings hollow. The ruling party has once again shown that they have no capacity to deliver on its promises made to needy students [...]

2019-02-06T14:15:24+02:00February 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home|Comments Off on UDM Youth Vanguard: KZN student protests: the education department is yet again missing in action

An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President regarding an Alternative State of the Nation at the Cape Town Press Club • Chairperson • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Introduction We are grateful to be part of this engagement exploring the very important subject of the true state of the nation. We are just three months away from the 6th democratic elections in South Africa, which means that electioneering has begun and that all [...]

2019-02-05T14:01:32+02:00February 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Parastatals, Public Investment Corporation|Comments Off on An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

UDM welcomes resignation of PIC board

The United Democratic Movement welcomes the resignation of the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) board. The Mpati Commission can now go ahead and do a thorough investigation into the ins and outs of the allegations of corruption that surrounds the PIC. The UDM has equivocally stated in the past that the current board cannot play judge and jury in the investigation into the apparent corruption at the PIC. An interim board must be appointed as [...]

2019-02-01T18:11:44+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Public Investment Corporation|Comments Off on UDM welcomes resignation of PIC board

Hoërskool Driehoek shock; accident must be investigated

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the tragic accident at Hoërskool Driehoek that claimed lives of three school children, while many others were injured. The collapse of the walkway raises serious concerns over the safety of our pupils whilst on school premises. We call on the basic education department and all those in authority to investigate the cause of the accident. [...]

2019-02-01T16:21:54+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Hoërskool Driehoek shock; accident must be investigated