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Farewell and tribute to Mr Trevor Manuel by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP

Mister Speaker, Mister Deputy President and Honourable Members, I am greatly honoured by the privilege to, on behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), deliver a farewell speech to Minister Trevor Manuel. Minister Manuel has been an outstanding servant of the people and as a result, it is impossible for anyone to claim not to know him given the number of lives he has touched during his terms in Office. Mister Minister, When you moved [...]

March 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Farewell and tribute to Mr Trevor Manuel by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP

Speech: Consideration of fiscal framework and revenue proposals (Mr N Kwankwa, MP)

Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Debate: Consideration of Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals Mister Speaker, Deputy President and Honourable Members, Economies around the world, including ours, have since the financial crisis in 2008 struggled to return back to pre-subprime crisis economic performance levels. This decline in business activity has resulted in massive job losses, business closures and in many families finding it difficult to make ends meet. Despite these challenges, good [...]

March 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Speech: Consideration of fiscal framework and revenue proposals (Mr N Kwankwa, MP)

Joint Statement by Mbhazima Shilowa and Bantu Holomisa

Joint statement Mbhazima Shilowa and Bantu Holomisa Today marks yet another milestone in our journey towards political realignment.  Our announcement takes forward the discussions which started after the 2009 elections when it became apparent that South Africans yearned for a viable alternative. This process had stalled, in part, as the Independent Democrats (ID) joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the internal ructions with the Congress of the People (COPE).   Recently, more than 800 delegates [...]

February 24th, 2014|2014 Archive, Issues, Media statements: UDM|2 Comments

Speech: Debate on State of the Nation Address by Bantu Holomisa

Mister Speaker, Mister President, Deputy President and Honourable Members, State of the Nation Address debates give South Africans an opportunity to participate in discussions about issues that affect our country. We should therefore not underestimate the value of this important democratic practice in strengthening our democracy. Elsewhere in the world such opportunities do not exist. Mister President, allow me to apologise in advance for not being able to stay for the entire duration of this [...]

February 18th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|4 Comments

DA march on Luthuli House creates a bad precedent

by Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) decision to march on Luthuli House. Nowhere in the world has a political party marched on another political party to air its disagreements and concerns on policy positions and government programmes. The march should be on the Union Buildings, the seat of Government, rather than on the headquarters of a political party. It is ironic that the DA, which always pontificates about [...]

February 12th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on DA march on Luthuli House creates a bad precedent

2014 Manifesto Launch address by Bantu Holomisa at Nasrec

• The National Chairperson of the UDM, Mr Zolisa Lavisa, • UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi • The Members the UDM National Executive Committee Officer, • UDM PEC Members, • UDM Members of Parliament, Legislature and Councillors, • UDM REC Members, • Traditional Leaders, • Honoured Guests, • Members of the Media, • UDM Members, • Fellow South Africans: WELCOME I am pleased to welcome you to the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) Manifesto Launch [...]

February 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on 2014 Manifesto Launch address by Bantu Holomisa at Nasrec

UDM Manifesto 2014

Message from UDM President Bantu Holomisa My fellow South Africans 2014 is an auspicious year, as South Africans mark 20 years of freedom. The Bill of Rights ensures that all the citizens of our beautiful country have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Our dignity has been restored and we enjoy freedom and security of our person. We can live where we want to. No one is denied access to establishments [...]

February 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Campaigns|8 Comments

Corruption and maladministration at USAASA: victimisation of whistleblowers

TO: His Excellency, Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic South Africa FROM: Bantu Holomisa, MP The abovementioned matter had reference. I also refer to an:  email from Mr Gcina Ntsaluba of Corruption Watch, dated 20 January 2014, as well as Adv. Sithembiso Nkatha, Chief Director, Legal Services of the Department of Communications’ “Analysis on the forensic report of Gobodo on the appointment of the chief executive officer ("CEO") for the Universal Service and Access Agency [...]

January 22nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Open Letters|Comments Off on Corruption and maladministration at USAASA: victimisation of whistleblowers

UDEMWO statement: Child rape: war on children

By Mrs Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General Child rape is totally out of hand. Following the recent reports of child rape cases across the country, another nine-year old girl was badly burnt, raped and left for dead in the Cape Flats. Earlier this month a 37-year old father was arrested and charged for raping his 17-year old daughter. These reports are shocking and serious measures must be taken to protect our children. The United [...]

January 21st, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDEMWO statement: Child rape: war on children

2014 – An opportunity for change

by Mr Bantu Holomisa This past year has shown evidence that our Nation is on a slippery slope to becoming a third class nation with its citizens relegated to poverty and struggle. 2013 was littered by far too many corruption scandals, miscarriages of justice and a government that seems hell bent on staying this course. We witnessed the shocking verdict in the Andries Tatane case; the fiasco with the deployment of South African soldiers in [...]

December 31st, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on 2014 – An opportunity for change

Tribute to the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi

by Major General (Ret) Bantu Holomisa, MP, Deputy Chairperson National Defence Force Service Commission We mourn the loss of the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi; a former commander of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) - an outstanding man and a disciplined soldier. As an MK Commander, General Moloi worked closely with then Transkei Defence Force (TDF) officers and as a result he was assigned “Comrade A” as his code and nickname. We worked with General [...]

December 31st, 2013|2013 Archive, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Tribute to the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi

At the Provincial Congress of the UDM in the Western Cape

by Bantu Holomisa at Lookout Hill Tourism Centre, Khayelitsha, Cape Town Members of the UDM NEC; The President of the UDM Youth Vanguard; The outgoing leaders of the Provincial Executive Committee Provincial Leadership of the UDM Youth Vanguard and Women’s Organisation; UDM Public Representatives; Fellow UDM members and supporters of the Party. Ladies and Gentlemen I am proud to stand before you today. It is encouraging to see the faces of the people who made [...]

November 30th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on At the Provincial Congress of the UDM in the Western Cape

Speech: Annual Black Management Forum conference Debate: Can Good Governance increase trust amongst Government, Civil Society, Labour and Business?

by Mr Bantu Holomisa at Gallagher Convention Centre Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the opportunity to interact with you today; I’m honoured to address this forum on the importance of good governance in engendering trust among the various stakeholders in society. Let me state from the outset that the answer to this question is an emphatic YES! Yesterday the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela in this conference gave a candid and concise assessment of poor [...]

October 24th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Speech: Annual Black Management Forum conference Debate: Can Good Governance increase trust amongst Government, Civil Society, Labour and Business?

Mining talks need transparency and proper commitment from Government

Mr KP Motlanthe Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa Union Buildings Private Bag X1000, Pretoria, 0001 Dear Sir MINING TALKS NEED TRANSPARENCY AND PROPER COMMITMENT FROM GOVERNMENT AMCU’S DEMANDS Your efforts to engage with mining houses and trade unions to resolve issues negatively affecting the mining sector in South Africa are well documented; this includes your attempt to broker a peace pact between the various role-players. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union [...]

October 18th, 2013|2014 Archive, Archives, Open Letters|Comments Off on Mining talks need transparency and proper commitment from Government

Uniting the Opposition

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) to Leaders of the Opposition on uniting the opposition at Mannah Lodge, Kempton Park, Gauteng Presidents and leaders of Political Parties, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen 1. INTRODUCTION We are gathered here to, amongst others, measure the progress we have made since the advent of democracy in South Africa. We need to assess whether we, as a Nation, are still on track in fulfilling the original agenda, which is to improve the lives [...]

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Issues, Political Realignment, Speeches|Comments Off on Uniting the Opposition

Human Rights Day

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the celebration of Human Rights Day at Marikana, North West on 21 March 2013 Programme Director, Deputy President, Secretary General, UDM National Executive Committee Members, UDM Public Representatives and members of the Party, People of the Bojanala Region Fellow South Africans Thank you to all of you who have come today to make this celebration possible. The structures of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the North West [...]

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Human Rights Day