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SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Debate on vote 01: Presidency

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP Hon Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote. Mr President, during the State of the Nation Address you declared the year 2015 as the “… year of unity in Action to Advance Economic Freedom”. However, what is not clear, is a common and simple programme that binds the entire society behind this vision. For instance, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee’s work is not known by [...]

May 26th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Debate on vote 01: Presidency

UDM SYMPATHISE WITH THE MARIKANA MASSACRE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Bongani Msomi The decision to take President Jacob Zuma to court by the family members, injured workers of the Marikana massacre and AMCU is the best action to force Zuma to release the findings of the investigation. As the United Democratic Movement, we are in full support of this decision and we hope he will realise the importance of the findings being made public as it is not just [...]

May 26th, 2015|Archives, Issues|Comments Off on UDM SYMPATHISE WITH THE MARIKANA MASSACRE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES

ETOLL IS JUST MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME FOR GREEDY INDIVIDUALS

Statement by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP It should be remembered that when Parliament approved guarantees for staging 2010 World Cup, as per Fifa demands. These guarantees were intended among others to improve stadiums, road infrastructure in the host cities. At no stage did parliament or government implied that such an expenditure would be claimed back by the state through schemes such as etolling. What is coming out clearly here is that some comrades [...]

May 22nd, 2015|Archives, Issues|Comments Off on ETOLL IS JUST MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME FOR GREEDY INDIVIDUALS

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Debate on vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement support budget vote 19 on Defence and Military Veterans. In appreciation of the work of the Defence Force Service Commission, which has been presented to this parliament previously and being privileged to be its member; I would like to appeal to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, to convene a brainstorming session involving the Minister, Commission, Secretary for [...]

May 21st, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Debate on vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 40 on Sport and Recreation

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote 40. • Sports and partisan politics have always been uncomfortable with each other in South Africa since the old days of Peter Hein in apartheid times. • A careful balancing act has to be found by either party in order for equilibrium to be struck. Between the two there are gladiators, spectators, administrators and sponsors (either potential [...]

May 21st, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 40 on Sport and Recreation

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 31: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports the budget. • Welcome the political shift for business rescue from big business into Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME). This will help to remove the strain associated with the SMME sector so that it can be able to deliver on the expectations of the National Development Plan with regard to the creation of job opportunities. • Whilst we [...]

May 21st, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 31: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CONDOLENCE MOTION

FOR THE LATE Ms Ruth Mompati, former MP ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke MP Hon Speaker Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) extends its heartfelt condolence to the family, the ANC and friends of the late member of the National Assembly Ms Ruth Mompati. A heroin with a good sense of humour and respect of mankind, a towering icon who was exemplary to our nation has fallen. Mme Mompati was blessed with resilience beyond [...]

May 20th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on CONDOLENCE MOTION

SPORT AND POLITICS CANNOT GO TOGETHER

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General On behalf of the United Democratic Movement, I wish to congratulate Dr Danny Jordaan for his appointment as Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Metro, Port Elizabeth. He is a well-known figure especially in the soccer fraternity and has achieved a lot in his life including being the President of South African Football Association, serving in FIFA and other Committees in Sport. However, as much as we [...]

May 20th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on SPORT AND POLITICS CANNOT GO TOGETHER

DR RUTH MOMPATI WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF IMBOKODO

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the death of the struggle veteran Dr Ruth Mompati. We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mam’ Ruth. She was a true representation of Imbokodo and as women in South Africa, we are forever grateful. She gave and served the country tirelessly when South Africa was experiencing hardships. [...]

May 12th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on DR RUTH MOMPATI WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF IMBOKODO

16 Days of Activism 2014

It’s that time of the year again. And every year I wrestle with how we feel about the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence and Abuse against Women and Children campaign that kicks off on November and runs until December 10. Although the campaign is held for only sixteen days, for it to be successful it rests on each individual and the nation as a whole in taking action for the security, protection and [...]

November 27th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on 16 Days of Activism 2014

Debate: Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill (DBSA)

Speaker and Honourable Members, The UDM supports the Bill. We support the extension of the mandate of the Development Bank of Southern Africa to provide infrastructure development finance to key infrastructure sectors, such as water and sanitation, energy, transport, education, health and ICT beyond the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), that is, to the rest of the African continent. This step will in our view go a long way towards enhancing trade, economic growth and [...]

November 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate: Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill (DBSA)

Motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the National Assembly: Baleka Mbete

by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly Honourable Deputy-Chairperson Honourable Deputy President Honourable Ministers and Deputy-Ministers Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) endorses the motion of no confidence in the current Speaker, Baleka Mbete, on grounds already presented in this house. Before she was elected into office, the Speaker is on record distorting and attacking outcomes of the Public Protector’s investigations on Nkandla. This distortion and attack has since been sustained by the organisation [...]

September 18th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the National Assembly: Baleka Mbete

Motion without Notice: Toddler Dies In Drain

Motion without Notice in the National Assembly by CN Majeke, MP Subject: Toddler Dies In Drain I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM): that the house: (1) notes that on Saturday, 13 September of 2014, a toddler in Uitenhage died after falling into an uncovered storm water drain; (2) further notes that the residents in the community are reported to have frequently complained to the municipality [...]

September 16th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|Comments Off on Motion without Notice: Toddler Dies In Drain

Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home

Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home by CN Filtane (MP) I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM): that the house: (1) Notes that on the evening of Tuesday the 9th of September 2014, Buffalo City Ward Councillor, Gideon Norexe’s house was allegedly burnt into ashes by angry residents. (2) Further notes that incidence took place just two weeks after the [...]

September 16th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|Comments Off on Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home

Holomisa: “Cut a deal! Go Home” President Zuma

Instead of a nation preoccupied with the scandals surrounding President Zuma, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) advises that we should rather deliberate his exit strategy. Since the advent of democracy, we have never been faced with a crisis of this magnitude i.e. allegations of corruption at the highest level. The African National Congress (ANC) has completely misinterpreted their mandate. They are clearly using their majority to do their utmost to protect President Zuma at all [...]

September 13th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on Holomisa: “Cut a deal! Go Home” President Zuma

High incidence of violence and abuse against women and children

Address by Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly regarding the high incidence of violence and abuse against women and children Hon Speaker, and Honourable Members Twenty years into our democracy, our women and children continue to be victims of gender and child abuse. We still need a radical social paradigm shift about gender – equality that should usher in a new generation of women and men working together to create a human world [...]

September 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on High incidence of violence and abuse against women and children