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Capturing of the administration of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane The Public Protector South Africa Private Bag X677 Pretoria 0001 Dear Advocate Mkhwebane COMPLAINT: CAPTURING OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE NATIONAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID SCHEME - ALLEGED NEPOTISM AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS, STAFF VICTIMISATION AND PURGE, CORRUPTION AND MALADMINISTRATION As you might be aware, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) [...]

Donald Trump’s so-called Israeli-Palestinian peace plan is a recipe for disaster

The long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is well documented, but United States President Donald Trump’s “peace plan” might put peace between Israel and the Palestinians even further out of reach. It is an extreme pity that former President Nelson Mandela’s efforts to end their struggle was left to peter out. However, history has taught us that, [...]

Loss of used Covid-19 test kits near Mdantsane is proof of an uncaring ANC government

  Ms Thandi NontenjThe United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) has noted how the Eastern Cape provincial government has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The uncharted waters we are currently navigating have exposed that the ruling party is not interested in the wellbeing of our people, but rather in their own [...]

2020-07-02T14:15:09+02:00June 30th, 2020|2020 Archive, Home, Issues|0 Comments

Transport Department must take SANTACO seriously!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disappointed with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s failure to address disgruntled taxi drivers just a few days ago. This is not what is expected of a minister; he could have done better and not just throw tantrums, as the taxi drivers are justifiably [...]

Youth Power- Growing South Africa together in a time of Covid-19”

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng Honourable Chairperson Honourable Members Fellow South Africans   The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) salutes the frontline workers and those in healthcare who place their lives in the firing line, fighting the invisible enemy.  We also would like to convey our deepest condolences to the families of [...]

Holomisa: Allegations of millions of Rands in irregular expenditure for critical OR Tambo District Municipality water and sanitation projects

Mr TK Makwetu Auditor-General of South Africa PO Box 446 Pretoria 0001 Mr Dondo Mogajane, Director-General: National Treasury Private Bag X115 Pretoria 0001 Mr Mbulelo Tshangana Acting Director-General: National Treasury Private Bag X313 Pretoria 0001 Dear Gentlemen ALLEGATIONS OF MILLIONS OF RANDS IN IRREGULAR EXPENDITURE FOR CRITICAL OR TAMBO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY WATER AND SANITATION [...]

DBSA approval of Poseidon water project grant/loan: CEO Sandile Sokhela seems to be economical with the truth

Mr Enoch Godongwana Chairman of the Board of Directors Development Bank of Southern Africa PO Box 1234 Halfway House 1685 Dear Mr Godongwana DBSA APPROVAL OF POSEIDON WATER PROJECT GRANT/LOAN: CEO SANDILE SOKHELA SEEMS TO BE ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH 1. I write to your good office regarding a grant/loan application submitted to the [...]

Introduction of “Scoo-mbulance” in the Eastern Cape is an insult to the people

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The introduction of EMS scooters by the Eastern Cape provincial government is a bad idea and is just a waste of tax-payers’ hard-earned money.   It is doubtful that these scooters can properly manoeuvre rough roads and inaccessible areas, especially during adverse weather.   In addition, these bikers, [...]

DBSA: looting of state resources by some of the same people involved in the Public Investment Corporation saga

Dear Mr President DBSA: looting of state resources by some of the same people involved in the Public Investment Corporation saga 1. I write to you with grave concern over the apparent looting of state resources by some of the very same individuals that were found to have had enhanced ability to secure easy [...]

Gender-based violence: back in spotlight

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is enraged that gender-based violence (GBV) is on the rise during the Covid-19 lockdown. GBV has never dissipated; we live amongst abusers, rapists, and murderers in our communities. Simply put, being a woman in South Africa is dangerous.   If a GBV [...]

Schools are going to be major coronavirus transmission centres

Ms Thandi Nontenja Schools opened yesterday and the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is outraged at government’s willingness to risk the lives of school pupils and teachers. It was quickly reported that Gauteng alone had 38 schools with coronavirus infections and the Western Cape had 55; which is the epicentre of this [...]

World Environment Day 2020: #ForNature

As countries imposed lockdown procedures, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the impact humans have on the environment came into sharp focus. For example, the fact that there were fewer cars on the roads, planes in the sky and that dirty industries had temporarily closed meant that carbon emissions were reduced. We are operating under extreme [...]

Bantu Holomisa writes to Wesbank CEO Chris De Kock re Mr Mzukisi Ndara’s case

Dear Mr De Kock MZUKISI NDARA: NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS CONFIRMS “MISREPRESENTATIONS AND CONTRAVENTION OF STATUTES” BY WESBANK The above subject matter bears reference. The first time I wrote to you was on 2 May 2018, just over two years ago, seeking justice in the form of restoration for Mr Mzukisi Ndara, and his [...]

Composition of PIC interim board: beneficiaries should not be members

Honourable Minister Mboweni QUESTIONS AROUND THE COMPOSITION OF PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION’S BOARD: BENEFICIARIES SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO SERVE 1. Some time has lapsed since the 995-page report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation, as lead by the Honourable Justice Lex Mpati (‘the Mpati Commission’), [...]

Youth Month: the need for urgent change

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng We are always reminded of the bravery of the young people of 1976, who took to the streets of South Africa to fight a system of injustice, prejudice, inequality, racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and suppression. They fought for a regime change and laws that would favour the majority [...]

UDM KZN perplexed at renaming of Umzinyathi District Municipality to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal is shocked at the announcement made by Umzinyathi District Municipality Mayor PMS Ngubane, that the municipality is undergoing a name change to "Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi District Municipality". The Umzinyathi community was taken by total surprise when we heard the announcement via uKhoziFM. What is at issue here [...]

Africa Day 2020

We celebrate Africa Day this year, amid the Coronavirus pandemic, which has certainly forced our focuses away from the African agenda and has indeed exposed the need for its acceleration. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that some progress has been made with Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the formation of the Africa [...]

2020-05-25T14:10:26+02:00May 25th, 2020|2020 Archive, Africa, Bantu Holomisa, Home|0 Comments

Covid-19 and government: a worst nightmare for women and children

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is deeply perturbed by how life is turning out for many South Africans, especially women, as we daily hear of large numbers of retrenchments, due to the Covid-19 lockdown. This is hitting very hard in the cases of sole family-breadwinners. It was [...]

2020-05-22T14:26:45+02:00May 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Economy, Government, Health, Home, Human rights, Interviews, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Covid-19 and government: a worst nightmare for women and children

Holomisa’s #MiocaLodge tweet court case

After blocking Mioca Lodge Covid-19 cash-cow, Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe is now suing UDM President Bantu Holomisa, here are some pertinent documents: Bantu Holomisa's Answering Affidavit - 21 May 2020 (5MB) Bantu Holomisa's Heads of Argument - 21 May 2020 (210KB) Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane's response to Bantu Holomisa's  15 May [...]

2020-05-21T14:37:11+02:00May 21st, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa|Comments Off on Holomisa’s #MiocaLodge tweet court case

UDEMWO rejects reopening of schools

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) rejects the reopening of schools, on 1 June 2020 for Grade 7 and 12 learners, as announced yesterday by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and so approved by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). The fact that the Minister herself had [...]

Unfair food parcel distribution: the ANC’s greediness is worrisome

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by how government and SASSA are keeping quiet about African National Congress (ANC) officials, members and/or councillors unfairly distributing food parcels to the needy in various communities throughout South Africa. In some areas, food parcels are given to people along party [...]

UDEMWO: Children going to school: is government really ready for this massive operation?

Ms Thandi Nontenja As we are amid the battle against the Coronavirus, we have heard government saying that strict health guidelines have been drawn up regarding the operation of schools, including limiting pupils to 40 in a class, compulsory mask-wearing and the sanitisation of hands, classrooms and scholar transport. However, since the number [...]

UDMYV: Bad Labour Practice: Remuneration of Educators Needs Urgent Attention

  The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) commends national government for supporting educators’ bursaries, as well as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in order to advance disadvantaged learners, especially those from informal and rural areas. It is however discouraging that, even though educators continue to commit themselves to ensure that learners receive [...]

2020-04-29T14:40:03+02:00April 29th, 2020|2020 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Labour|Comments Off on UDMYV: Bad Labour Practice: Remuneration of Educators Needs Urgent Attention

UDM’s reaction Finance Minister’s briefing on the economic stimulus package

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has listened with interest to the details that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced as part of South Africa’s response to the economic havoc the Coronavirus has wrought. He appears to have clarity of thought with regards to the economic policy interventions required, but the proof will be in the pudding [...]

2020-04-25T10:02:47+02:00April 25th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s reaction Finance Minister’s briefing on the economic stimulus package

UDM’s reaction to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the announcements President Cyril Ramaphosa made on government’s plans to temper the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on South African’s lives and stimulate the economy. With this R500 billion stimulus package the government is falling in step with governments around the world, which have embarked on massive fiscal stimulus [...]

2020-04-22T16:28:14+02:00April 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Economy, Home|Comments Off on UDM’s reaction to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

UDM calls for urgent meeting of Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee to discuss SAA

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, UDM Deputy President Early in February 2020, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan briefed the Portfolio Committee of Public Enterprises and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the December 2019 decision to put South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue. A decision was then taken that the business rescue [...]

2020-04-19T11:53:34+02:00April 19th, 2020|2020 Archive, State Owned Enterprises|Comments Off on UDM calls for urgent meeting of Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee to discuss SAA

UDM donates to Coronavirus Solidarity Fund

Ms Gloria Serobe Chairperson of the Solidarity Fund Dear Ms Serobe UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT’S DONATION TO SOLIDARITY FUND We greet you at this critical time of South Africa’s battle against the Coronavirus pandemic on our shores, in the spirit of empathy and unity. In line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call that public representatives make [...]

2020-05-25T15:49:49+02:00April 17th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19|Comments Off on UDM donates to Coronavirus Solidarity Fund

Holomisa writes to NCCC re COVID-19 lockdown review

Dear Chairperson of the National Coronavirus Command Council IMPORTANT MATTERS TO CONSIDER DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN REVIEW I wish to thank you for taking us, as political parties and stakeholders in South African society, for the confidence you showed in consulting us regarding the COVID-19 lockdown. We still endorse this critical move to find [...]

2020-04-09T11:29:40+02:00April 9th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Open Letters|3 Comments

COVID-19: Holomisa writes to NCCC: “Keep SA clean”

Dear Chairperson of the National Coronavirus Command Council CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS AND HEALTH DURING COVID-19 CRISIS AND LOCKDOWN As I stated at the Union Buildings on 22 March 2020, when the President and some of us as political leaders addressed the nation, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that in order for [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:05+02:00March 24th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Environment|1 Comment

PIC report: the UDM is vindicated on Harith

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the publishing of the long-awaited report of the Mpati Commission of inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). We are happy that, even though President Ramaphosa took his sweet time in releasing it, it does not seem as if there was any attempt to lessen the blow. We [...]

2020-05-25T14:19:50+02:00March 12th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance|Comments Off on PIC report: the UDM is vindicated on Harith

No to a Quarantine Centre in Limpopo

  The United Democratic Movement in Limpopo is disheartened by the unliteral decision taken by the Department of Health to bring South Africans who are to be repatriated from Wuhan, China which is the Capital of Coronavirus to Limpopo. As much as Limpopo is a friendly province, it must not be taken for granted and [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:13+02:00March 12th, 2020|2020 Archive, Home, Issues|Comments Off on No to a Quarantine Centre in Limpopo

UDEMWO welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi. The Gauteng MEC of Education Mr Phanyaza Lesufi has done a sterling job to make sure those that are implicated are brought to book timeously including the Headmaster of Parktown Boys. Though this will not [...]

2020-03-06T10:48:24+02:00March 6th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi

Yearly protests at higher learning institutions is cause for much concern

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) notes with concern the year-in-year-out students’ protests about acceptance at higher learning institutions, registration fees, transport allowances and accommodation. We have seen quite disturbing scenes of frustrated students from, for example, the University of Zululand and the University of the [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:21+02:00March 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Human rights, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Yearly protests at higher learning institutions is cause for much concern

Bantu Holomisa on Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth

Speech by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President on The Big Political Corner – Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth at the Black Business Council Annual Policy Summit at Gallagher Estate in Midrand Let me start off by saying thank you to the Black Business Council for hosting this summit and complimenting it for having a good [...]

2020-05-25T14:14:10+02:00March 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Higher and Basic Education, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa on Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth

Beastly behaviour at higher learning institutions

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is extremely shocked at the beastly behaviour of students at the University of Fort Hare. Hardly a month has passed since Yonela Boli was allegedly slain by his girlfriend at this very same institution, and it has come to UDEMWO’s attention that Olwethu [...]

2020-05-25T14:14:00+02:00February 26th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Beastly behaviour at higher learning institutions

Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned that the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is quite reticent when the country needs his attention the most. Since the beginning of the academic year, there has been unrest in a number of South African universities like the [...]

2020-05-25T14:14:47+02:00February 20th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

Bantu Holomisa on South Africa today and how best to position ourselves for the future

Let me start off by saying a heartfelt “thank you” to the South African Ubuntu Foundation for giving me this opportunity to chat with you today. Ladies and gentlemen, South Africa faces a triple crisis. Not the conventional one of unemployment, poverty and inequality, though those underlying socio-economic conditions remain, scarring our land, and casting [...]

2020-05-25T14:20:39+02:00February 20th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa on South Africa today and how best to position ourselves for the future

SONA 2020 debate: response by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly

Mr President Honourable Speaker Honourable Members Since the change of government in 1994 there have been improvements. Yet, judging by the uneasiness of the people who have been suffering due to poor service delivery, it is difficult to explain to them, when the same leadership which liberated them yesterday are now embroiled in the [...]

2020-05-25T14:32:00+02:00February 18th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, SONA|Comments Off on SONA 2020 debate: response by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly

Dissent voices on SOEs by top leadership is disheartening!

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement takes note on contradicting statements issued over the weekend by the President of the ruling party and his National Person on the ailing state-owned entity the South African airways. The President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that SAA will not be sold or shut [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:35+02:00February 10th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Economy, Government, Human rights, Local Government, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Dissent voices on SOEs by top leadership is disheartening!

The UDM Youth Vanguard is disgusted by bully tendencies from the DA.

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng For far too long, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has used every nefarious political tactic to tarnish the image and reputation of the of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Comrade Mongameli Bobani with baseless accusations. The smear campaign against Mr Bobani started during the days of Athol [...]

2020-05-25T14:15:12+02:00February 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Human rights, Media statements: UDMYV, Nelson Mandela Bay, Youth Issues|Comments Off on The UDM Youth Vanguard is disgusted by bully tendencies from the DA.