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Letter to President Jacob Zuma by UDM President Bantu Holomisa – SORRY STATE OF MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN URGENT NEED OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION

Mr JG Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhuys Private Bag X 1000 Cape Town 8000 Dear Honourable President, RE: SORRY STATE OF MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN URGENT NEED OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION The above mentioned matter has reference. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a community meeting by the Concerned Residents of Moretele Local Municipality in North West Province. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and find solutions to [...]

July 15th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|Comments Off on Letter to President Jacob Zuma by UDM President Bantu Holomisa – SORRY STATE OF MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN URGENT NEED OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION

Department of Correctional Service is letting down the nation

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi -  UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the growing number of prisoners escaping in correctional facilities throughout the country, which sometimes becomes a clear indication that Correctional Service officials might have got a hand in these acts. This has also caused the public to lose hope on state organs due to victims becoming vulnerable and more susceptive to crime, after the culprits have escaped from [...]

July 14th, 2015|Archives, Issues|Comments Off on Department of Correctional Service is letting down the nation

UDM PRESIDENT BANTU HOLOMISA REQUESTS AN INVESTIGATION BY PUBLIC PROTECTOR THULI MADONSELA : DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

The Public Protector Hillcrest Office Park 175 Lunnon Street Pretoria 0001   Dear Advocate Madonsela   REQUEST FOR AN INVESTIGATION: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE - SCHOLAR TRANSPORT. I take this opportunity to table the following matter with you, so that you may please investigate it appropriately for the benefit of the South African public. I have anonymously received the attached information alleging maladministration within the Eastern Cape Department of Transport with regard [...]

July 10th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|Comments Off on UDM PRESIDENT BANTU HOLOMISA REQUESTS AN INVESTIGATION BY PUBLIC PROTECTOR THULI MADONSELA : DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

Letter by President Bantu Holomisa, MP to President Jacob Zuma – UDM proposes a way forward for Marikana Massacre

Mr J G Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhys Private Bag x 1000 Cape Town 8000   Dear Honourable President, RE: UDM propose a way forward for Marikana Massacre August 16, 2015 marks the third anniversary of the Marikana massacre. The Marikana massacre stands out as the worst case of police brutality in the post-Apartheid South Africa, where more than 30 miners were massacred by the South African Police for demanding a [...]

July 7th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|Comments Off on Letter by President Bantu Holomisa, MP to President Jacob Zuma – UDM proposes a way forward for Marikana Massacre

UDEMWO CALLS FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION ON SAINT BARNABAS HOSPITAL, EASTERN CAPE

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are angered by the ignorance and inhumane treatment by the health workers at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape. Refusing to pay attention to a sickly person is something else but refusing to render the necessary help for a rape victim is grossly inhumane. Rape issue is a very sensitive matter and the more you do [...]

June 22nd, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDEMWO CALLS FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION ON SAINT BARNABAS HOSPITAL, EASTERN CAPE

UDEMWO IS PLEASED BY THE COURT’S DECISION TO DENY BAIL AGAINST CHRISTOPHER PANAYIOTOU

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the way National Prosecuting Authority has so far handled the Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused case of murdering the innocent Jayde Panayiotou. Panayiotou and the men accused of killing this young woman do not deserve to be back in our communities as they pose a danger not only to the community but to those close to them. [...]

June 12th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDEMWO IS PLEASED BY THE COURT’S DECISION TO DENY BAIL AGAINST CHRISTOPHER PANAYIOTOU

POLICE MUST REFRAIN FROM USING GRENADES AND LIVE AMMUNITION WHEN DISPERSING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Statement issued by UDM SECRETARY GENERAL - Mr Bongani Msomi It is with great sadness that during the Youth Month in South Africa we hear of a sad event of a student that was shot and seriously injured by police. This shows that as a country, we are still far from being free. The act by the South African Police Service officials have once again taken us aback and reminded the nation of the sad [...]

June 9th, 2015|Archives, Issues|Comments Off on POLICE MUST REFRAIN FROM USING GRENADES AND LIVE AMMUNITION WHEN DISPERSING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: The relevance of symbols in building a new democratic heritage

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and members Steve Biko once said, “As long as blacks are suffering from inferiority complex as a result of 300 years of deliberate oppression, denigration and division, they will be useless as co-architects of a normal society where man has nothing else but man for his own sake”. In this regard, he called for a liberation from mental enslavement. The historical and heritage [...]

June 8th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: The relevance of symbols in building a new democratic heritage

SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 02: Parliament

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP - EC in the National NCOP Hon Chairperson and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments with regard to the enhancement of public involvement to realise meaningful participatory democracy. Madam, Chair, Julius Nyerere once said “… we don’t develop people, people develop themselves”. Accordingly, the United Democratic Movement, strongly holds that, participatory democracy places people [...]

June 8th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 02: Parliament

SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 33: Tourism

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP - EC in the National NCOP Hon Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 33 on tourism.  In this regard, we welcome the efforts and work done by the department and many other role players in ensuring that this country remains a destination of choice for many citizens of world. This is notwithstanding socio economic challenges that the country continue to be confronted which in [...]

June 5th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 33: Tourism

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: MEMBER’S STATEMENT

ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly   Hon Speaker and members As we begin the 39 Anniversary of the Youth month, it is important that we focus on the critical challenges confronting young women. Many young women remain targets for gender based violence. The recent UN, 2010 report, on violence against women in Africa indicates that the scourge of violence against women in Africa is still largely rampant, but hidden beneath [...]

June 5th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: MEMBER’S STATEMENT

SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 23: Police

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP - EC in the National NCOP   Hon Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 23 on POLICE. The incident at the Alexandra police station yesterday is a cause for great concern. Not less than four lives have been lost in a short space of time. More disturbing is that the shooting of a wife, two relatives and a police officer took place at [...]

June 4th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 23: Police

REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE

TO: Honourable Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development CC: Honourable Elsie Mmathulare Coleman, Chair PC on Economic Development FROM: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Dear Honourable Minister Patel, RE: REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE The abovementioned matter has reference. Thank you for the interest you have shown on this matter. This letter highlights some of the challenges faced by renewable energy investors, whose projects are situated in former Homeland areas of [...]

June 4th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE

SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 17: Social Development

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP - EC in the National NCOP Hon Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments. • The creation of a caring society is based on the willingness to provide the tools for achieving an inclusive society. This implies that life chances are partly detached, or de-commodified from social and economic origins and circumstances. [...]

June 4th, 2015|Archives, Speeches, Uncategorized|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 17: Social Development

Debate: Budget Vote 2 Parliament

Address by  Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly UDM Chief Whip Madame Speaker and Honourable Members, A race to the bottom is currently underway in our Parliament. Today in this House, we engage and deal with our Nation’s challenges, less according to national interests and the need to create a better life for all, but more according to cheap political point scoring and vote maximisation at all costs, and mostly according to the [...]

June 2nd, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate: Budget Vote 2 Parliament

Message from the President of the United Democratic Movement on the 41st Anniversary of Inkatha Freedom Party

Address by UDM President, Mr BH Holomisa- MP Master of ceremonies, President of the IFP, Mr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the leadership of the party, members and supporters Indeed, none amongst South Africans, people of the continent and the world over, can deny the immerse contribution that this wonderful party has made in the fight for freedom in our life time. You have made a great contribution to bring the kind of South Africa we all celebrate [...]

June 1st, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Message from the President of the United Democratic Movement on the 41st Anniversary of Inkatha Freedom Party