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Bantu Holomisa’s remarks to the Cape Town Press Club: President Zuma

Greetings: Chairperson, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you very much for sharing this platform with me today. The electioneering season has begun and all of us are on the streets, to once again connect with the electorate. Chairperson, the United Democratic Movement in its 5th National Congress held in December 2015, amongst others; declared corruption as a national threat to sustainable development of the country and its citizens as it directly affects good governance and economic [...]

May 19th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s remarks to the Cape Town Press Club: President Zuma

Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

Statement by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly The closing remarks by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. Baleka Mbete during the debate on the Parliamentary budget are shocking and preposterous. Her condonation of the abuse of public money by the Parliamentary officials, who blew R1m on a holiday spree in London, led by the Secretary of Parliament, is a clear demonstration of arrogance and abuse of power. Ms. Mbete has absolved the [...]

May 13th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|Comments Off on Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

UDESMO mourns for Wits students

Statement issued by Akhona Bavu, UDESMO Chairperson   The United Democratic Student Movement (UDESMO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the University students that were involved in a horrible car crash that has claimed their lives in Limpopo yesterday. This is such a sad time for the higher institution fraternity, not only for Wits University but to all South Africans. The whole country is in mourning during [...]

May 3rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDESMO|Comments Off on UDESMO mourns for Wits students

Debate on Budget Vote 24 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP  in Parliament   Honourable Speaker and members   The United Democratic Movement (UDM), supports the budget vote with the following comments. Although the Department manages 64 000 hectors of category B and C of plantations, there is no budget for the revitalisation of these plantations through which process, jobs could have been created. In the meantime there is a huge national demand for sawlog timber. South Africa could soon [...]

April 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 24 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Debate on Budget Vote 11 – Public Works

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members The United Democratic Movement (UDM), support the budget vote with the following important comments. The most common problems with this programme are: ·       Insufficient support by the department with no collaterals from any other source, including the beneficiaries themselves. This makes the beneficiaries to be almost totally dependent on the department; a rather too heavy a burden to bear. ·       Lack of Project [...]

April 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Public Works, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 11 – Public Works

Bantu Holomisa speech at UDM Gauteng Manifesto Launch: Municipal Elections 2016

Chairperson, NEC Members of the UDM Members and Supporters of the United Democratic Movement Gauteng Citizens WELCOME Welcome one and all, and thank you for making the effort to come and listen to the vision which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has for people of Gauteng. In just over three months’ time, you will have an opportunity to have your say in which party should govern your municipalities. Through the ballot box, on the 3rd [...]

April 24th, 2016|2016 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa speech at UDM Gauteng Manifesto Launch: Municipal Elections 2016

UDM reacts to Arms Deal Commission Report

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The long awaited report on the allegations of mass corruption in the 1999 arms deal has not surprised anyone. It only adds to the shelves of South Africa, another white-washed report whose objective is nothing less than clearing comrades from Luthuli House. Our memories are still fresh from the damning findings of the Durban High Court, in which evidence carried in the notorious encrypted fax, recording an alleged [...]

April 21st, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Defence, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts to Arms Deal Commission Report

Condolences to ANC and Ekurhuleni community: bus tragedy that occurred between Winburg and Ventersburg

Dear Mr Mantashe CONDOLONCES TO THE ANC AND EKURHULENI COMMUNITY The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to convey a message of condolence to the families and friends of those who lost lives in the bus tragedy that occurred between Winburg and Ventersburg, on their way back from ANC Manifesto Launch in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape over the weekend. We also extend condolences to the ANC and Ekurhuleni community at large for the tragedy. We [...]

April 19th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Transport|Comments Off on Condolences to ANC and Ekurhuleni community: bus tragedy that occurred between Winburg and Ventersburg

Bantu Holomisa writes to the Speaker of the NA regarding meeting with Presiding Officers

Dear Honourable Speaker NOTICE OF A MEETING WITH PRESIDING OFFICERS – 13 APRIL 2016. The above matter has reference. Your notice of a meeting between the Presiding Officers and Leaders of Political Parties in Parliament is confirmed. On the 18th of February 2016, I wrote to you requesting that your office direct the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence to conduct hearings on what I referred to, as; “The threat presented by the Gupta family to [...]

April 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to the Speaker of the NA regarding meeting with Presiding Officers

Bantu Holomisa writes to Speaker of the NA regarding disciplinary inquiry: President Zuma

Dear Honourable Speaker REQUEST FOR A DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY AGAINST PRESIDENT ZUMA The above matter has reference. Following the scathing Constitutional Court judgment delivered on the 31st of March instant, and found amongst others: “ “Consistent with this constitutional injunction, an order will thus be made that the President’s failure to comply with the remedial action taken against him by the Public Protector is inconsistent with his obligation to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as [...]

April 7th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to Speaker of the NA regarding disciplinary inquiry: President Zuma

Our freedom and democracy on the verge of collapse: What is to be done?

Statement by Mr. BH Holomisa, UDM President   Yesterday, the 5th of April 2016, the ANC members of the National Assembly have once again violated their oath of office and acted in contempt of the Constitutional Court. Led by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, John Jeffery, they argued that there was no order to impeach Mr. Zuma, knowing fully well that the court would not do that. Once again and in abuse [...]

April 6th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Our freedom and democracy on the verge of collapse: What is to be done?

Debate on the Removal of President in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly   Fellow South Africans   The fact is, the Constitutional Court has found Mr Zuma and the National Assembly to have failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution. Today South Africa finds itself with two organs of state that have lost the moral authority to be representatives of the people of South Africa. Mr Zuma’s unlawful actions, have sunk the Executive, the National Assembly, [...]

April 5th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Debate on the Removal of President in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution

Bantu Holomisa writes to Thuli Mandonsela with request for an addendum of costs for Nkandla

Dear Advocate Madonsela REQUEST FOR AN ADDENDUM TO THE COSTS OF NKANDLA New details have emerged of how state funds were used to buy fittings, fixtures and building materials for private residence of the President. I am aware that your office was not granted access to this information, however, it is now in the public domain. The former Deputy Director General of the Department of Public Works, Rachard Samuel, is reported to have compiled a [...]

April 4th, 2016|2016 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Home, Open Letters, Public Works, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to Thuli Mandonsela with request for an addendum of costs for Nkandla

UDM reacts to Concourt ruling on Nkandla

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The damning Constitutional Court judgment against President Zuma and the ANC dominated National Assembly are a vindication of a position that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has always held: that the African National Congress (ANC) has given the country a dubious person in the name of a president. Today the Constitutional Court has confirmed that this man is a danger to the constitution and our constitutional democracy. [...]

March 31st, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reacts to Concourt ruling on Nkandla

UDM appeals for good behaviour on the roads

As we are all going to the Easter holiday, we know that there are drivers who will put the lives of the innocent commuters at risk. Most accidents are caused by those driving under the influence of alcohol, driving tired, driving at high speed, vehicles that are not roadworthy and/or overloading. As the United Democratic Movement (UDM) we are calling on drivers to obey the rules on the roads, abide with the law and drive [...]

March 23rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Transport|Comments Off on UDM appeals for good behaviour on the roads

UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers

Media Statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP This afternoon the President had an opportunity to take the country into his confidence and either confirm or deny the revelations made by the Deputy Minister of Finance, yesterday. Alas, he chose utter arrogance and maximum denialism in defense of his travelers, the Guptas family and his own. His attitude in dealing with this issues of national importance, confirms that once again, he has neglected the country [...]

March 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers