2017 Archive

Heritage Day 2017

As the country celebrates another Heritage Month - and Heritage Day on Sunday - the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls for ways to resolve the intolerance and conflict between South Africans, which seems to have become the norm. We face huge challenges of cultural intolerance and racism; and it is taking a toll on South Africans’ psyche. To compound an already challenging set of circumstances, it still shocks that Bell Pottinger was so recklessly used [...]

2017-09-22T14:13:09+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Heritage, Home, Media statements: UDM|1 Comment

UDM’s reaction to the DA/PA divorce in Nelson Mandela Bay

Biased and unproven accusations. Using draft reports, without an audit opinion, not authorised by council. A national party leader quoting from a draft report. Press conferences and excited media reports promoting cheap propaganda based on a misrepresentation of the draft report. An executive mayor declining to comment on a report, because it is a draft – having first drawn vigorous attention to it. Fabrications and distortion of facts to excuse a dubious political marriage of [...]

2017-09-22T12:21:20+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|0 Comments

BOBANI JUDGEMENT: Why was the UDM’s founding affidavit missing?

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) application in the Port Elizabeth High Court - regarding the reinstatement of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani - had not been heard and shall be represented, in due course, on a non-urgent basis. In the meantime, the UDM will approach the Chief Justice with a request to investigate why the UDM’s founding affidavit had gone missing from [...]

2017-09-19T14:21:13+00:00 September 19th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

UDM condemns taxi violence in the Western Cape

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the violent attacks on buses, bus drivers and commuters by striking taxi drivers/owners in the Western Cape. Already, there are innocent people that have been injured after buses were pelted with stones and some buses were even torched. This disaster is hot on the heels of the Uber and metered taxi violence in Sandton last week. It cannot be that, [...]

2017-09-18T14:13:16+00:00 September 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments


Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP - UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) had started its road on the transformation of South Africa into a Winning Nation on 27 September 1997 at the then World Trade Centre in Kempton Park. The Party was born with its feet firmly in the new South Africa. In retrospect, the UDM was ahead of its time. We were the first to bat on the wicket of good [...]

2017-09-14T15:57:14+00:00 September 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

Police brutality is still a reality in S.A

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the police brutality displayed at a service delivery protest in Hout Bay in the Western Cape, where a fourteen-year-old boy was allegedly shot in the mouth by security forces. We are appalled that the young boy was not only shot at once, but several times! It means the officer/s had intended to do grievous bodily [...]

Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to DA leader Mr Mmusi Maimane

Mr Mmusi Maimane Democratic Alliance Federal Leader   Dear Mr Maimane NELSON MANDELA BAY COALITION: UDM REACTION TO DA’S USE OF PwC “DRAFT REPORT” TO BESMIRCH OUR CLLR BOBANI AND THE UDM: APOLOGY REQUIRED FROM YOU AND YOUR PARTY I refer to the “draft report” which had been prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in terms of which the Democratic Alliance (DA) had masterminded a dubious campaign to remove from office the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Deputy [...]

2017-09-13T13:16:41+00:00 September 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|0 Comments

Learner gang raped by her teachers

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja – UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is shocked about reports of a viral video, where a principal and two teachers are gang raping a school girl in KwaZulu-Natal. This act is too insane and disgusting to even contemplate. Parents send their children to school in the hope that, while learning, they are safe. But, these depraved individuals proved us wrong. Even the head of the school, [...]

UDEMWO is stunned by gang rape case in Komani, EC

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the incident of a 27 year old woman that was gang raped by three men in Komani, Eastern Cape. The incident that saw one of the rapists being stabbed to death while the other two men were injured by the mother of the victim opens wounds to women. This incident is unfortunate. As the United Democratic [...]

UDM reacts on South Africa exiting recession with 2.5% of GDP Growth

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR NQABAYOMZI KWANKWA – UDM DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND CHIEF WHIP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the good news of South Africa’s exit from the recession. The poorest of the poor need a better performing economy to take them out of poverty, unemployment and inequality. We hope, corruption which compounds these triple challenges, will also be defeated and buried with urgency, so that this improved economic performance benefits the people; not the [...]

2017-09-05T14:13:18+00:00 September 5th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

UDM reaction on the alleged cracking down on political opponents in Lesotho

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa – UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed by the reports of alleged political intolerance in Lesotho. In this regard, we call on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), through its facilitator, the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene with speed, and ensure political stability. We must do everything possible, and within our powers, to avert political instability that may result to loss [...]

2017-09-04T11:42:03+00:00 September 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

Arbor Day

Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the Upper Ngqungqu Junior Secondary School in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape on 1 September 2017 Programme Director, Principal, teachers, parents and learners Ladies and Gentlemen I am humbled and yet extremely delighted to be re-joined with a place where my educational journey began. I am happy to be back here, wearing no uniform, carrying no slate and with no prospect of a corporal punishment administered to me [...]

Bobani founding affidavit

IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA (EASTERN CAPE LOCAL DIVISION OF THE HIGH COURT, PORT ELIZABETH) CASE NO: ......................... In the matter between:   UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT                                        1st Applicant MONGAMELI ELLCOTTE BOBANI                                 2nd Applicant     and   THE NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY                                          1st Respondent THE SPEAKER OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY                                                             2nd Respondent THE CITY MANAGER OF NELSON MANDELA [...]

2017-08-31T15:15:47+00:00 August 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues|0 Comments

UDM rejects DA’s dirty tricks campaign

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP Since the outrageous DA orchestrated ousting of Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan coalition government, such senior DA leaders as Mmusi Maimane, James Selfe, and Athol Trollip have relentlessly attacked the UDM, its loyal coalition partner until the DA breached the relationship. I trust that the High Court will separate fact from fiction and that the honourable court will see through the [...]

UDM is concerned about fatalies in the mines

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary   The United Democratic Movement (UDM) conveys a message of condolences to the families of the mineworkers who tragically lost lives at Kusasalethu Mine, Carltonville. We pray that those still trapped underground will be brought to surface. The families are not alone in this sad time. This incident is a reminder of unsafe environment mineworkers are working under.  The latest tragedy is yet another incident that gives [...]


Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with anger the visit of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in Marikana, North West. It was just a gimmick. Her visit was nothing but a campaigning stunt. As the country celebrated women and their role in the month of August, we do not remember her visiting or mentioning anything about the women who lost their relatives during Marikana Massacre. Dlamini [...]