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Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

Statement issued by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Western Cape High Court ruling in favour of the case brought against Government by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute. This ruling is a good lesson for Government to understand and accept that accountability and transparency are non-negotiable Constitutional dictates. Government must stop trying to sneak such deals without the knowledge of the people. [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:29+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Minerals and Energy|Comments Off on Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

ANC must stop looting state resources

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi Eastern Cape is one of the worst struggling provinces with severe challenges such as poor infrastructure. It is with great sadness that we observe those who are in power abusing resources meant for uplifting the poor. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is however happy to note that action has been taken against those who allegedly stole from the state purse. The recent court appearance of the [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:39+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on ANC must stop looting state resources

UDM condemns police killings

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement (UDM) sends condolences to the family and friends of the brutally killed police officers while on duty. As UDM, we note with shock and concern the increasing numbers of officials killed throughout the country. The recent killings bring much alarm and it warrants that something should be done urgently. We cannot carry on as if nothing happened. The attack on police is an [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:58+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security|Comments Off on UDM condemns police killings

Political intolerance : Councillors involved in Johannesburg violence

STATEMENT ISSUED BY UDM JOHANNESBURG COUNCILLOR, MS THANDI NONTENJA The political scene in the Greater Johannesburg City Council leaves much to be desired. The fact that an Integrated Development Plan summit in Midrand was violently disrupted and resulted in the injury of several persons is deplorable. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) takes a dim view of this kind of political intolerance which harks back to a violent past and we condemn it in no uncertain [...]

2017-06-13T15:03:11+00:00 April 19th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Political intolerance : Councillors involved in Johannesburg violence

UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday

Statement by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General As we approach the holiday season, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on drivers to be more vigilant and ensure that travellers reach their destination safe. We must curb the incidents of road rage; drivers and passengers must not be impatient. Pedestrians also must abide by the law and rather use bridges to cross highways. They must also not jay-walk while intoxicated. Let there be no injuries [...]

2017-06-13T15:03:32+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday

UDM condemns ANC Youth League political intolerance

Statement issued by Bongani Mosmi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is stunned and disappointed by the violent behaviour displayed by the ruling party’s youth league, African National Congress Youth League towards anti-Zuma protesters. ANC is supposed to be the custodian of our constitution which guarantees the freedom of association. The attacks and threats are totally unacceptable. We are observing the similar behaviour even to the officials who are ANC members in [...]

2017-06-13T15:03:40+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM condemns ANC Youth League political intolerance

#ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

Joint media statement As leaders, we shall never abandon our responsibility to put South Africa first. Accordingly, the leadership of the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Agang SA, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement have agreed to give expression to this commitment. We want to make every effort to rescue South Africa from this one-man-made quagmire. President Jacob Zuma, [...]

2017-06-13T15:03:54+00:00 April 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

UDM calls for investigation into death of poisoned minors

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to convey a message of condolence to the families of two minors that were killed after an alleged consumption of food poison in the Western Cape meanwhile others are still in a critical condition in hospital. This is tragic and we are calling for a speedy investigation into finding the origins of the food they had ingested and someone [...]

2017-06-13T15:05:44+00:00 April 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for investigation into death of poisoned minors

UDEMWO condemns attacks on young Cape Town girls

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and disturbed by the recent brutal rape and murder of 11-year-old Stacha Arendse whose body was found dumped in an open field not far from her home in Tafelsig. This atrocity happened within just a few days after the body of murdered Rene Tracy Roman (13), was discovered in a house on the same street where she [...]

2017-06-13T15:04:42+00:00 April 5th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns attacks on young Cape Town girls

The UDM on the recent increase in farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa Honourable Speaker and Honourable members I wish to preface my contribution to this debate by saying that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is keenly aware of the plight of farmers who have fallen victim to what we generally call “farm attacks”. The UDM, without reservation, condemns these acts of violence and murder, and lawlessness that has the daily characteristics of [...]

2017-03-14T14:56:10+00:00 March 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Farm Attacks and Rural Crime, Home, Rural Development and Land Reform, Speeches|Comments Off on The UDM on the recent increase in farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa

SASSA social grants chaos: Zuma and Dlamini must go

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) finds the revelations by today’s Sunday Times as damning of President Jacob Zuma, as it is of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini. The Minister acted on the basis of unsolicited advice from the President’s special- and legal adviser, Mr Michael Hulley, and despite the concerns and protestations of developmental officials and the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa). She undermined and defied the sound legal advice of one of [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:02+00:00 March 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare, Zumagate|Comments Off on SASSA social grants chaos: Zuma and Dlamini must go

Consideration of 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and Report of Standing Committee on Finance – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Honourable Speaker and Honourable members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and the Report of the Standing Committee on Finance. We appreciate that the Minister, as always, tried his best, notwithstanding the difficult circumstances occasioned by the bold call from the President for a budget that responds to the Radical Socio-Economic Transformation path as adopted by government. This was a very difficult expectation given the hard fact of [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:10+00:00 March 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Consideration of 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and Report of Standing Committee on Finance – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Integrity in the Public Sphere – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President)

Bantu Holomisa with Judge Albie Sachs • Dr Marianne Camerer, chair of this panel discussion • My co-panellist, Judge Albie Sachs • Colleagues and Emerging African Leaders 1. Learning integrity throughout my life I started my journey with integrity when I first learnt of trust, and accepting personal responsibility, as a herd-boy. Without these values, the cattle were not properly tended to and brought home safe in the evenings. In the early Seventies, [...]

2017-06-13T15:12:00+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Integrity in the Public Sphere – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President)

Payment of social grants to beneficiaries – statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP – UDM National Deputy Chairperson

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s commitment in regards to the payment of social grants on the 1st of April 2017. However, South Africans must not be blinded. This is a self-created crisis by the most uncaring and reckless administration we have had since the dawn of democracy. After the appearance by the Minister of Social Development in front of the Scopa Parliamentary Committee on Tuesday the 7th of March 2017, UDM [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:16+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|Comments Off on Payment of social grants to beneficiaries – statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP – UDM National Deputy Chairperson

UDM calls for effective rescue on the mine accident in Boksburg – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the horrible accident of the 5-year-old boy who fell into a mine shaft while playing with friends in Boksburg last Saturday. The UDM calls for effective rescue assistance in making sure that the boy is brought back. We cannot allow a similar incident to that of Lilly Mine be repeated where mine workers were never recovered with authorities implying instability of the ground. A lot more effort [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:30+00:00 March 1st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SA Mining Industry|Comments Off on UDM calls for effective rescue on the mine accident in Boksburg – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

UDM condemns attacks on foreign nationals – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns in strongest terms the violent march that is currently taking place in Pretoria and surroundings. The march that was allegedly aimed at highlighting the high level of crimes engulfing our country and it is believed that these crimes are perpetrated by foreign nationals who are in the country illegally. As an Organisation, we understand where our people are coming from. There is no employment, human trafficking and prostitution are [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:22+00:00 February 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM condemns attacks on foreign nationals – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General