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Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja -  UDEMWO Secretary General There seems to be a heart-wrenching answer to the question of the whereabouts of Yvonne Mbekwa. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened to hear that a burnt body, with her documentation, was found fairly close to where she and her baby had disappeared. Reports do not indicate the fate of her child, but we have come to expect the worst. “Yvonne Mbekwa” is [...]

2017-07-20T11:24:48+00:00 July 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely concerned over reports of continued and growing intimidation of anyone who dares to dissent from the ruling party; or maybe just from certain elements within its ranks? This seems to be the go-to response, these days, when any unfortunate soul ventures to point out any wrong-doing in Government. It has been reported that South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) [...]

2017-07-18T11:56:52+00:00 July 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

Opposition parties met in Pretoria to discuss pressing issues

The following parties; ACDP, APC, COPE, DA, EFF, IFP and the UDM met today to discuss a number of burning political issues. 1. Secret Ballot or not? The 22 June Constitutional Court judgment We welcome the Constitutional Court judgement on the Speaker’s discretion to decide whether a vote on a no-confidence motion in the President of the Republic should be secret or not. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, has given the Speaker of the National Assembly [...]

2017-07-14T18:59:05+00:00 July 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on Opposition parties met in Pretoria to discuss pressing issues

Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to Parliament Speaker Honourable Baleka Mbete

Honourable Ms Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Per email: speaker@parliament.gov.za   Dear Madam Speaker YOUR REQUEST FOR INPUT FROM POLITICAL PARTIES ON A SECRET BALLOT ON THE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA This matter has reference. 1.    The context of the Constitutional Court judgement In giving the Constitutional Court’s unanimous judgement, on 22 June 2017, on the matter [...]

2017-07-12T16:54:27+00:00 July 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|Comments Off on Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to Parliament Speaker Honourable Baleka Mbete

Attack on young Mthatha woman: UDEMWO commends swift arrest

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) commends the police officials on the swift arrest of suspects who allegedly raped and horrendously hacked a 19 year old woman in Xhwili village near Mthatha, Eastern Cape. This attack is another example of the escalation of gender based violence that we are witnessing in South Africa at the moment. These swift arrests are a good sign. We hope [...]

2017-07-12T08:40:42+00:00 July 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Attack on young Mthatha woman: UDEMWO commends swift arrest

Safe child abandonment” Is a sensitive issue”

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes that the publication and circulation of pictures of a woman leaving a new born baby at the premises of a safe house in Goodwood, Cape Town, is not the correct way of handling this situation. It is quite possible that the Pink Ladies’ poster, and the subsequent sharing thereof, could put the woman in the photograph in danger. [...]

2017-07-10T13:11:55+00:00 July 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on Safe child abandonment” Is a sensitive issue”

No real justice for victims: Punishment for sexual offenders is simply not to tough enough

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) reiterates its call for harsher punishment of those found guilty of abusing and murdering women and children. There also has to be stricter bail conditions, before such criminals are set loose on society. In these regards, the justice system has been failing women and children for years and years. It is said far too often, that criminals have more rights in [...]

2017-07-03T10:04:09+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on No real justice for victims: Punishment for sexual offenders is simply not to tough enough

Having a royal time in South African prisons

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The Department of Correctional Service does not cease to amaze. In February this year, the Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane splurged more than R60 000 of taxpayers’ money treating prisoners at Leeuwkop (Midrand) to a KFC meal. A week ago, Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa caused an uproar when she presented 30 laptops to inmates of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria (with 70 more laptops [...]

2017-06-27T13:31:54+00:00 June 27th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Correctional Services, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Having a royal time in South African prisons

AG’s findings on local government audit remains cause for concern

Regarding the Auditor-general’s latest report on the local government audit, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes that there were only marginal improvements in local government audit results. We are however concerned that 14 municipalities lost their clean audit status, while only 9 cleaned up their acts. It simply means that good governance at local level, and effective municipal management, is moving in the wrong direction. It is heartening that the Auditor-general’s office, as a Chapter 9 [...]

2017-06-23T15:41:12+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Local Government, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on AG’s findings on local government audit remains cause for concern

Serious concern over provision of health services, especially in KwaZulu-Natal

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the dire situation of the shortage of healthcare practitioners especially the medical practitioners and material resources at public or state hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. We have heard too many stories of specialists, general practitioners and nurses who leave public service in search of greener pastures in the private sector and outside the country. What is more disturbing is the [...]

2017-06-23T15:45:18+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Health, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Serious concern over provision of health services, especially in KwaZulu-Natal

#Concourt: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa writes to the Speaker on secret ballot

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Dear Madam Speaker CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING ON SECRET BALLOT AND THE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC We refer to our letter, that was subsequently withdrawn, sent on 3 April 2017 wherein we lodged a motion of no-confidence in the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr JG Zuma. In light of today’s ruling of the Constitutional Court regarding your discretionary power to allow for a [...]

2017-06-23T15:49:22+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on #Concourt: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa writes to the Speaker on secret ballot

Victory for SA! Constitutional Court ruling on secret ballot

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa -  UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has been vindicated with the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the Speaker of the National Assembly could facilitate a secret ballot in a no-confidence motion in President Zuma. We thank our legal team, as well as political parties and civil society organisations who supported us all the way. The risk of Members of Parliament (MPs) being victimised if they don’t vote according the [...]

2017-06-22T11:28:40+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Victory for SA! Constitutional Court ruling on secret ballot

Precautionary measures for initiation must be made a priority

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General It is that time of the year where thousands of boys from many communities across South Africa will be taking the life changing journey to the mountains to become men. This time-honoured rite of passage to manhood should be respected by all stakeholders and it cannot be at the expense of young lives. At this very important time for initiation practising communities, the United Democratic Movement [...]

2017-06-20T12:06:11+00:00 June 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Precautionary measures for initiation must be made a priority

Condolences for Mr Ahmed Kathrada, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution to Parliamentary Debate

Honourable Speaker, and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) appreciates the opportunity to honour, Ahmed Kathrada, a tower of strength and a source of inspiration to many generations; even if it could have been done earlier and better. I had the honour to meet Kathy and his fellow Rivonia Trialists in Umtata in 1989. Their presence and words spoken at the welcome-home rally, we organised for them, gave us the courage to continue supporting [...]

2017-06-14T16:24:10+00:00 June 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Condolences for Mr Ahmed Kathrada, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution to Parliamentary Debate

UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane   The United Democratic Movement (UDM) appreciates the commitment made by the City of Tshwane to revitalise and revamp the inner city. We hope that the renovation of old buildings in the central business district is part of this and will be a priority.   This will help to bring [...]

2017-06-09T14:28:03+00:00 June 9th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane

Appointment of “sex- and pals-for-jobs” officials EC Legislature: Aloota Continua big time

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked to learn that two senior managers at the Eastern Cape Legislature, implicated in a sex-for-jobs and jobs-for-pals scandal, have been rewarded with senior posts in another department. Human Resources management head Malibongwe Ngcai and strategic manager Basil Mase are now heading Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. This is a farce and it is saddening that corrupt officials are rewarded for [...]

2017-06-06T13:14:05+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Appointment of “sex- and pals-for-jobs” officials EC Legislature: Aloota Continua big time