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UDM’s New Year’s message

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President In 2018 South Africa saw the pressure exerted by opposition parties, over the past three years, culminating in the resignation of a self-serving and negligent president. Our unwavering insistence led to commissions of inquiry being instituted to start rooting out the cancer of institutional corruption in government. [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:14+02:00December 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Interviews, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s New Year’s message

Clifton Beach incident

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) needs to account for what happened in Clifton beach on Sunday, 23 December 2018, when a paramilitary private security company, Professional Protective Alternatives (PPA) acted unlawfully by asking holiday makers to leave the beach after eight in the evening. Whatever their reasoning, short of an emergency situation, this was [...]

2020-05-25T15:18:42+02:00December 28th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Clifton Beach incident

UDEMWO welcomes appointment of new NDPP boss

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the appointment of Advocate Shamila Batohi as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP). We strongly believe that her appointment is based on merit, as well as her hard work and dedication she has shown in the justice field. [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:32+02:00December 5th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Justice|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes appointment of new NDPP boss

Sexual abuse of children living with disability

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As the world this week marked the international day for persons living with disabilities, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely worried about the continued abuse of children living with disabilities in special schools across the country. The recent revelations, of sexual abuse of children living with [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:36+02:00December 5th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Sexual abuse of children living with disability

GEPF’s R7,4 billion write-offs are shocking

The United Democratic Movement noted with disbelief, the Government Employees Pension Fund’s (GEPF) write-offs amounting to R7,4 billion for the 2017/2018 financial year. These write-offs are of direct consequence of some of the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) most controversial deals such as investments in Steinhoff/Lancaster 101, as well as with companies controlled by Iqbal Surve. [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:42+02:00December 4th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on GEPF’s R7,4 billion write-offs are shocking

Mendi Msimang: Rest in peace our struggle hero

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President A tribute by Mr Bantu Holomisa The nation is mourning the painful death of yet another son of the soil, uTata Mendi Msimang. He was cut from the same cloth as the founding president of our democracy, Tata Madiba and of the same generation of people like [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:53+02:00December 3rd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Tributes|Comments Off on Mendi Msimang: Rest in peace our struggle hero

Aids Day 2018: a message to South Africans

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As South Africa and the world mark another Aids Day tomorrow, it is comforting to know that many lives have been saved through access to antiretroviral treatment. It is however heart-wrenching that the number of people infected has escalated from 4,25 million in 2002 to 7,52 million [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:47+02:00November 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Aids Day 2018: a message to South Africans

Holomisa at the 5th RENAPRI stakeholder conference: speaking notes on Unlocking the economic potential of land through good governance

Speaking Notes by Mr BH Holomisa, (MP) and UDM President 5th RENAPRI STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE: Unlocking the economic potential of land through good governance 28 – 29 November 2018, Zanzibar, Tanzania • Chairperson • Fellow panellists • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Land itself at the crux of the matter: the South African example As many [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:58+02:00November 28th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Land, Speeches|Comments Off on Holomisa at the 5th RENAPRI stakeholder conference: speaking notes on Unlocking the economic potential of land through good governance

Why is Services SETA strike not resolved?

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on higher education minister Naledi Pandor and Cosatu to step up to the plate in resolving the Nehawu strike that is dragging on at the Services SETA. As we know there are several reasons for the strike action, including alleged corruption, maladministration [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:04+02:00November 26th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home|Comments Off on Why is Services SETA strike not resolved?

President Ramaphosa’s “cabinet changes” is a damp squib

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard is of the view that President Ramaphosa’s new dawn is a copy and paste of the old order and thus have abandoned the youth of South Africa with his so-called cabinet change. He has showed the country a lack of conviction by retaining figures such as Nomvula Mokonyane [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:09+02:00November 22nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV|Comments Off on President Ramaphosa’s “cabinet changes” is a damp squib

UDM on NMU student involved in fatal stabbing

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General We are shocked at reports of the arrest of a 23-year-old Nelson Mandela University student, Athenkosi Zenani, who allegedly stabbed a man to death in self-defence after two Tanzanian men tried to apparently rob him and his friends. We have noted that he has since been released on [...]

2020-05-25T15:18:47+02:00November 21st, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Safety and security|Comments Off on UDM on NMU student involved in fatal stabbing

UDM Youth Vanguard welcomes change in public service regulations

Our unemployed and despondent young people have become a mere statistic to measure joblessness in South Africa. They have given up and are lining the streets of our communities with their qualifications meaning nothing, because they have no experience. The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard therefore welcomes public service and administration minister Ayanda Dlodlo's [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:14+02:00November 20th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDM Youth Vanguard welcomes change in public service regulations

UDMYV welcomes Malusi Gigaba’s resignation

Malusi Gigaba’s terms in office has been fraught with scandals, misconduct and abuse of powers. His list of dubious deeds ranging from granting citizenship to the Guptas, the Firebird aviation debacle, sexual videos and lying under oath is spine chilling. His resignation is long overdue. That said, merely falling on one’s sword is not good [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:19+02:00November 13th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV|Comments Off on UDMYV welcomes Malusi Gigaba’s resignation

Increase in municipal managers’ salaries immoral

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General It is upsetting that, during a time where the country is battling a high unemployment rate and other negative economic factors, municipal managers and those directly reporting to them will receive pay hikes. The United Democratic Movement condemns this immoral decision in the strongest possible terms. This is [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:27+02:00November 13th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Increase in municipal managers’ salaries immoral

8 years is not enough for Uitenhage rapist dad

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased to see that it is true that “ityala aliboli”. The sentencing of the retired Salvation Army captain, Lionel Potgieter, who raped his daughter since an early age is a typical example. In as much as he finally got what [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:32+02:00November 6th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on 8 years is not enough for Uitenhage rapist dad

Bobani’s bank account inspected, says attorney

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted that Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani’s attorneys, Danie Gouws Attorneys, have, after inspecting his bank accounts, found that there is nothing untoward in his personal bank account or that he received any kind of irregular payment/s from [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:43+02:00November 4th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Bobani’s bank account inspected, says attorney

Increased fatalities on SA roads not acceptable

The high number of fatalities on our roads over the past few weeks is disturbing. What is of greater concern is that these accidents happened during Transport Month, which amongst others, was looking at curbing road fatalities. Year on year far too many travellers do not reach their destinations and as people gear up [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:49+02:00October 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Transport|Comments Off on Increased fatalities on SA roads not acceptable

UDM KwaZulu-Natal calls for Endumeni municipal manager to resign or to be suspended with immediate effect

After our media statement of 23 October 2018 regarding deeply concerning issues in the Endumeni Municipality in the uMzinyathi District, the United Democratic Movement in KwaZulu Natal were given explosive documents that should make the Endumeni municipal manager’s life very uncomfortable. The documents contain damning proof of the municipal manager 's gross negligence and/or corruption [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:59+02:00October 25th, 2018|2018 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM KwaZulu-Natal calls for Endumeni municipal manager to resign or to be suspended with immediate effect

Request for investigation in navy contracts

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President Honourable Ms Nosiviwe N Mapisa-Nqakula Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Room 1418, Floor 14 120 Plein Street CAPE TOWN 8000 Dear Honourable Mapisa-Nqakula REQUEST FOR AN URGENT INVESTIGATION: APPOINTMENT OF PRIVATE CONTRACT FOR THE RENDERING OF A MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF OPERATIONAL MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE [...]

2020-05-25T15:18:53+02:00October 25th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on Request for investigation in navy contracts

UDEMWO welcomes the decision of zero-rated sanitary pads

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the announcement by the Finance Minister Tito Mboweni for sanitary pads to be zero-rated. This step in the right direction is long overdue however; to say it will only kick off next year is too far. It should be with [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:08+02:00October 25th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes the decision of zero-rated sanitary pads

UDM KwaZulu-Natal on deeply concerning issues in the uMzinyathi District

UDM KwaZulu-Natal on deeply concerning issues in the uMzinyathi District 1. Endumeni Municipality The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), has noted the worrisome news that was published by the Independent Newspaper's Daily News on 16 October 2018 re: “Forensic report uncovers rampant corruption at Endumeni Municipality”. After this, it was reported on [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:15+02:00October 23rd, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Media statements: UDM KwaZulu-Natal|Comments Off on UDM KwaZulu-Natal on deeply concerning issues in the uMzinyathi District

Government must find permanent solutions to shack fires

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed by the horrific Khayelitsha fires that claimed a life and left hundreds of people without a place of safety. We are in particular worried about matric pupils busy preparing for final exams. There can never be anything more stressful than [...]

2020-05-25T15:12:31+02:00October 22nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home|Comments Off on Government must find permanent solutions to shack fires

Speech by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President on the current political landscape, PIC corruption and post-2019 coalitions as a guest of the Current Media Forum

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President • Members of the Current Media Forum • Our host, Mr Peter Ford • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Thanks Before we go into the nitty gritty of our conversation, I want to thank the Current Media Forum and Peter Ford for inviting me to have this chat. [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:22+02:00October 19th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Speech by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President on the current political landscape, PIC corruption and post-2019 coalitions as a guest of the Current Media Forum

Omotoso trial: Dauberman’s questioning is immoral and unethical

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Since the start of the Tim Omotoso trial, the past few days have been nothing but the most unbearable time for women in South Africa. It is so overwhelming to witness the young and brave rape survivor, Cheryl Zondi being grilled in the manner that the defence [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:28+02:00October 18th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Omotoso trial: Dauberman’s questioning is immoral and unethical

UDM welcomes announcement of PIC commission of inquiry

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President The United Democratic Movement welcomes the president’s announcement of the appointment of Justice Lex Mpati as the head of the commission of inquiry into the allegations of corruption at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). The inquiry should clean-up the mess at the PIC and get to the bottom [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:38+02:00October 17th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on UDM welcomes announcement of PIC commission of inquiry

Good luck class of 2018!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As you stand at the precipice of exams, the United Democratic Movement wishes all the matriculants, who will start writing exams today, the best of luck. It must be a motivation to you that you have persevered with your schooling to have reached this goal. We understand that [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:34+02:00October 15th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Good luck class of 2018!

Condolences on the passing of Pik Botha

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President The first time the late Pik Botha and I spoke over the phone was with the removal of George Matanzima and Stella Sigcau from power. I explained that on both occasions there was just cause, because of the corruption they were involved in. He again contacted us when [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:43+02:00October 12th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Condolences on the passing of Pik Botha

VBS: ‘The Great Bank Heist’ – it’s time for action not words

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President President Ramaphosa must immediately appoint a task team to make sure that the people who were fingered by advocate Terry Motau in his report are held responsible for their misdeeds. Each and every person must be brought under the search light, especially those in the employ of [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:49+02:00October 10th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on VBS: ‘The Great Bank Heist’ – it’s time for action not words

The PIC commission should start now that Nene has been fired

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President We welcome President Ramaphosa’s decision to show Nhlanhla Nene the door. We have consistently been calling on the President to act with speed in instituting a commission of inquiry regarding the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). The Gupta scandal makes the exploitation of the PIC look like a [...]

2020-05-25T15:12:24+02:00October 10th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on The PIC commission should start now that Nene has been fired

Condolences: passing of Eastern Cape Education MEC

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is saddened by the loss of Education MEC, Mandla Makupula. This is not only a loss for his family or the Eastern Cape, but to the nation. We wish to send a message of condolence to the family, friends and to the African [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:55+02:00October 8th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi|Comments Off on Condolences: passing of Eastern Cape Education MEC

PIC looting scandal

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President The deeper we dig, the greater the corruption exposed. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has been saying all along that there is something seriously wrong at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and that it is endangering the pensions of government employees. Our sources indicate as much, and the [...]

2020-05-25T15:12:11+02:00October 5th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home|Comments Off on PIC looting scandal

Xolobeni: Minister Mantashe’s arrogance

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is dismayed at the decision of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe to give an Australian company the go-ahead to mine at the Xolobeni village in the Eastern Cape. This, even after an outcry from the community. Millions of rands will be shipped [...]

2020-05-25T15:12:00+02:00October 4th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Minerals and Energy|Comments Off on Xolobeni: Minister Mantashe’s arrogance

Government still fails on SASSA system

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is stunned that many social grant beneficiaries still have difficulties in accessing their grants on time due to a number of cash points that have been closed since the Post Office took over from Cash Paymaster Services. This is totally [...]

2020-05-25T15:18:59+02:00October 3rd, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Government still fails on SASSA system

Nelson Mandela Bay: Trollip is the orchestrator of his own demise

Demist mogafe <It looks as if the Democratic Alliance federal chairman Cllr Athol Trollip, of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, seems to be suffering from selective amnesia. He proves himself to be nothing more than a prevaricator and a practiced liar. It is about time that someone confronts Trollip for spreading falsehoods and misrepresenting [...]

2020-05-25T15:19:05+02:00October 2nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nelson Mandela Bay: Trollip is the orchestrator of his own demise

Bathabile Dlamini should be shown the door

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General We have noted that the Constitutional Court has handed down judgement in the former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini case. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) has been vindicated. Our longstanding view has been that the minister must face the music and that she should personally [...]

2020-05-25T15:19:20+02:00September 28th, 2018|2018 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Bathabile Dlamini should be shown the door

To give PIC CEO Dan Matjila a golden handshake is preposterous

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President We are all aware that there will be a commission of inquiry which shall investigate the mess at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). Despite the announcement, we have for several months waited with bated breath to hear who will serve on the commission and what the terms [...]

UDEMWO: 6-year-old raped in a Dros Restaurant

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and outraged by the recent rape of a 6-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant. This is sickening and too much to swallow. The thought that the culprit went as far as committing his evil act in a public space, [...]

2020-05-25T15:15:40+02:00September 27th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: 6-year-old raped in a Dros Restaurant

Public Protector to investigate allegations of corruption by Min Zweli Mkhize re PIC deals

The United Democratic Movement earlier this year wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa wherein we revealed possible corruption that involved the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Zonkizizwe Investments (which we understand to be solely owned by the ANC), some ANC heavy weights and Afric Oil. The alleged broker between the PIC and e.g. VBS Mutual Bank and [...]

2020-05-25T15:15:47+02:00September 26th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Public Protector to investigate allegations of corruption by Min Zweli Mkhize re PIC deals

UDM KwaZulu-Natal’s comments on the Premier’s tabling of the Moerane Commission’s report

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the Premier’s tabling of the Moerane Commission’s report in the legislature, as well as his comments thereon. The UDM is however concerned that the Premier made no mention of, nor did he emphasise one of the Commission’s terms of reference, which was to; “Ensure the successful investigation [...]

2020-05-25T15:15:53+02:00September 21st, 2018|2018 Archive, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM KwaZulu-Natal’s comments on the Premier’s tabling of the Moerane Commission’s report

UDM KwaZulu-Natal Interim Provincial Executive Committee appointed

United Democratic Movement (UDM) representatives from all seven regions in KwaZulu-Natal met on Saturday, 15 September 2018 to, amongst others, discuss the future of the UDM in the province and to appoint an Interim Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) that will drive the party’s programmes leading up to the 2019 National and Provincial. The below persons shall [...]

2020-05-25T15:15:58+02:00September 18th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM KwaZulu-Natal Interim Provincial Executive Committee appointed

Harassment of PIC whistle blowers

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President In reference to an article published on Fin24 (https://www.fin24.com/Economy/pic-moves-to-discipline-another-executive-20180914?isapp=true) the United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns what can only be called permitted harassment of whistle blowers at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). One is suspicious at government i.e. Minister Nene and President Ramaphosa’s handling of the matter of instituting [...]

2020-05-25T15:16:05+02:00September 16th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on Harassment of PIC whistle blowers

Nelson Mandela Bay: DA’s Trollip allegedly interfered with an internal audit to protect Mettler and Olver. UDM hands over a dossier with information to Auditor General

Dear Mr Makwetu Alleged corruption to the tune of R21.8 million irregular and wasteful expenditure involving Mohlaleng Media and a seeming cover-up in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro 1. The above matter has reference and has been widely reported on in the media. 2. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes to make you aware [...]

2020-05-25T15:16:15+02:00September 14th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Discussion Documents, Home|Comments Off on Nelson Mandela Bay: DA’s Trollip allegedly interfered with an internal audit to protect Mettler and Olver. UDM hands over a dossier with information to Auditor General