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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 22 – Defence

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 22 - Defence (23 May 2013) Mister Speaker, honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 22. President Zuma’s decision to reshuffle the cabinet a few months ago slowed down the progress the Department had made since 2009. The inordinate amount of time the Department is taking to finalise the Defence Review and the appointment of permanent Defence Force Service [...]

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 22 – Defence

Budget Vote 33: Rural Development and Land Reform

Address by Mr Stanley Ntapane, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 33: Rural Development and Land Reform (31 May 2013) Mr Speaker and honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 33. President Zuma announced in the 2013 State of the Nation Address (SONA) that government would reopen the lodgement of claims in order to accommodate those who missed the December 31, 1998 deadline and to accommodate the Koi and San people who were dispossessed of their [...]

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 33: Rural Development and Land Reform

Mr Bantu Holomisa on Political Realignment

Lecture by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) on political realignment at the University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Campus on Thursday, 01 August 2013 Programme Director, University Management and Academics, Young Intellectuals, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today. INTRODUCTION It has been more than fifty years since freedom and democracy reached the shores of the African continent, although the time at which each country tasted political liberty varies [...]

October 8th, 2013|Archives, Issues, Political Realignment, Speeches|Comments Off on Mr Bantu Holomisa on Political Realignment

In response to service delivery complaints in Limpopo

TO:          His Excellency, Mr JG Zuma, President of the Republic South Africa  Minister OC Chabane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration FROM:    Bantu Holomisa, MP  Dear Sirs I refer to a letter from the Minister Ohm Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, regarding the abovementioned subject dated 24 July 2013. We also refer to the List of Complaints attached to our original correspondence, dated 29 April [...]

October 4th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on In response to service delivery complaints in Limpopo

Occupied Palestinian Territories hosted by Palestine Solidarity Campaign

A screening of 'Occupation 101' and panel discussion about the Occupied Palestinian Territories hosted by Palestine Solidarity Campaign Stellenbosch contribution by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the University of Stellenbosch Facilitator, Fellow Member of Parliament, Mr Magama Palestine Solidarity Campaign Stellenbosch Academics and students Ladies and Gentlemen THANK YOU Thank you for the kind invitation to join you tonight, to listen and learn; and to discuss a complex issue that has been on [...]

October 1st, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Occupied Palestinian Territories hosted by Palestine Solidarity Campaign

South Africa on the Slippery Slope

article by Bantu Holomisa published in the New Agenda During my career I have witnessed many governments come and go. As a former head of the Transkei Military Government, I have had an overview of what the Apartheid Government and the Bantustans had done, in comparison with what the current government is doing. The previous regime's policies and abuse of human rights is well documented; including some homelands. Although I was heading this discredited institution, [...]

September 27th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on South Africa on the Slippery Slope

Management and Administration Class

Contribution by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at a University of Cape Town State Management and Administration class Programme Director, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to take this opportunity to thank your lecturers, Ms Raenette Taljaard and Mr Jon Cayzer, for giving me the opportunity to talk with you today. It is pleasing to know that I am discussing these challenges besetting our public administration with future political leaders and public administrators. I am therefore looking [...]

March 7th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Management and Administration Class

COMRADES IN CORRUPTION 3

Comrades in Corruption The real State of the Nation “A looter continua” This document, “Comrades in Corruption III” expands on the United Democratic Movement (UDM) previously published discussion documents: “Comrades in Corruption I” (issued in 1997) and “Comrades in Corruption II” (issued in 2001), in which we shed light on the extent of corruption in government in post-apartheid South Africa. Corruption in the African National Congress (ANC) government is rife and widespread [...]

June 12th, 2012|2012 Archive, Archives, Discussion Documents|Comments Off on COMRADES IN CORRUPTION 3

Tribute to Helen Suzman

statement by Mr Bantu Holomisa On behalf of the UDM, I express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Helen Suzman, who passed away after a long and eventful life in service to her country. She was a pioneer of opposition politics; for many years she fought a lonely battle in the old Parliament. She spoke truth to power, despite the odds and the ridicule of those who thought their power was unshakable. [...]

January 1st, 2009|2009 Archive|Comments Off on Tribute to Helen Suzman

UDM input at the National Convention South African democracy at a crossroad: turning a new page

INTRODUCTION The debate about political realignment has long been in the minds of many people in this country. It has been discussed publicly and privately by writers, political parties, and other individuals. Also over the years we have seen developments such as the emergence of the DA, the dissolution of the NNP and its absorption into the ANC, as well as the formation of new political parties. All of these are signs of the impetus [...]

October 31st, 2008|2008 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM input at the National Convention South African democracy at a crossroad: turning a new page

Let’s Talk: Service delivery challenges

Perhaps it would be best to start this topic by reminding everyone that service delivery isn't simply something that Government does - it is a constitutional imperative. The Bill of Rights guarantees certain basic freedoms and services for every South African. The quality of our freedom, and indeed the legitimacy of the entire democratic project, depends upon the fulfilment of the legitimate expectations of South Africans to be delivered certain basic services as promised in [...]

October 28th, 2008|2008 Archive, Archives, Newsletters|Comments Off on Let’s Talk: Service delivery challenges

Let’s Talk: Politics of realignment – a possible breakaway party from the ANC

South Africans have long been calling for a realignment of the political landscape and the establishment of an alternative to the ANC; of late this topic has taken on new impetus with rumours of an eminent breakaway from the ruling party. The majority of the population have gradually come to realise the need for realignment, starting as early as 1998 when the first signs appeared that corruption and nepotism were becoming the order of the [...]

October 8th, 2008|2008 Archive, Archives, Newsletters, Political Realignment|Comments Off on Let’s Talk: Politics of realignment – a possible breakaway party from the ANC

National and Provincial Elections 2004

  PDF version of the UDM's 2004 Election Manifesto (447KB) Better Future Plan UDM Manifesto 2004 MESSAGE FROM BANTU HOLOMISA – FREEDOM FOR ALL Dear Fellow South African This year we celebrate ten years of freedom. We understand freedom as the ability of individuals and groups to make choices and pursue their aspirations freely. This includes choices such as where to live, what work to choose and where to engage in it, where and what [...]

April 26th, 2004|2004 Archive, 2004 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns|Comments Off on National and Provincial Elections 2004

COMRADES IN CORRUPTION II

Arms Deal Joint Investigation Report - UDM’S reaction Who is fooling whom? “The troughs have changed however the pigs have remained the same” Many public statements on the Arms Deal saga assert that Parliament approved the Defence Review and thereby approved the decision to purchase military equipment. ANC ministers and –politicians have made this assertion frequently during the Arms Deal investigation. However, it is fundamentally and demonstrably inaccurate. The inaccuracy has no bearing whatsoever on [...]

December 3rd, 2001|2001 Archive, Archives, Discussion Documents, Issues|Comments Off on COMRADES IN CORRUPTION II

Contribution: UN Conference on Racism – Is South Africa winning the battle?

INTRODUCTION The United Democratic Movement (UDM), while recognising the global character of racism, will nevertheless confine itself to dealing with the scourge here on the home turf. Racism still permeates the entire social fabric of South Africa. Its origins are in the nature and course of our history. The encroachment of a relatively advanced technology in the hands of racially and culturally different people on a people with an inferior technology and of a different [...]

August 8th, 2001|2001 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Contribution: UN Conference on Racism – Is South Africa winning the battle?

UDM Manifesto Launch Election 1999 “The future hope for all South Africans”

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in Johannesburg, Gauteng It is most appropriate that the release today of our manifesto coincides with the weekend of our National Youth Conference, because we are charting a future, which will be led by the youth. Our objectives therefore address the needs of the future which belongs to them. We are grateful to our youth movement for inviting us to share ideas with them and keep us relevant to [...]

March 22nd, 1999|1999 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on UDM Manifesto Launch Election 1999 “The future hope for all South Africans”