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Letter by Mr LB Gaehler, MP to the Minister of Social Development regarding concerns about abuse of child grants – Hillcrest, Mthatha, Eastern Cape

Dear Minister of Social Development, Ms B Dlamini CONCERNS ABOUT ABUSE OF CHILD GRANTS – HILLCREST, MTHATHA, EASTERN CAPE 1. The above matter has reference. 2. Numerous reports have been given to me verbally about the abuse child grants in Hillcrest suburb in Mthatha Eastern Cape. 3. It is alleged that many of the people who receives child grant are not using them in accordance with the relevant prescripts and as such children are not [...]

May 8th, 2015|2015 Archive, Open Letters, Social development and welfare|Comments Off on Letter by Mr LB Gaehler, MP to the Minister of Social Development regarding concerns about abuse of child grants – Hillcrest, Mthatha, Eastern Cape

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

Motion without notice on Bryan Habana in the National Assembly

I move without notice on behalf the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) move without notice: That the house (1) Notes that Brayan Habana, who was born on the 12 June 1983 in Benoni, Johannesburg, Gauteng has contributed significantly on the field of play, Rugby. (2) Habana has proved without reasonable doubts his talent when in 2007 Rugby World Cup was named one of the best players and at the time he was [...]

September 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|Comments Off on Motion without notice on Bryan Habana in the National Assembly

Incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court 10 September 2014

Motion without notice in the National Assembly on 11 September 2014 by ML Filtane, MP Motion without notice on the incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court yesterday, 10 September 2014 I hereby move, on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) move without notice, that the house; (1) Notes the incident which unfolded at the Mthatha High Court yesterday where two dangerous suspects died on the scene and one official [...]

September 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|Comments Off on Incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court 10 September 2014

Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane

Motion without Notice in the National Assembly by Ms Majeke, MP Subject: Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement, that the house notes that: Mr Ndabambi Mthenjane an unsung liberation struggle hero passed away on 28 August 2014 at his Soweto home. Mr Mthenjane who turned 100 years on the 28 February 2014, is known for his firebrand activism with unlimited [...]

September 11th, 2014|Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|Comments Off on Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane

Follow-up question: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Follow up questions to the Governance Cluster - Question 107 – Hon Filtane – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minster, the Auditor General’s Report (2012-13) for municipalities shows an increase on the Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure of 31% of which 41% is attributed to EC Municipalities including the KSD Municipality wherein more than R7 m has been reported to have been spent irregularly, unauthorised and fruitlessly. What is the department’s plan to deal with what [...]

September 10th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Questions in Parliament|Comments Off on Follow-up question: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Distasteful Claims that Madonsela is a CIA plant

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The barrage of attacks, both on the person and office, of the Public Protector are becoming more and more creative. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the claims that she is on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) payroll and we find it distasteful. The sounds coming from the peanut gallery are a desperate attempt at discrediting a constitutional body that is doing its job properly. [...]

September 8th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Distasteful Claims that Madonsela is a CIA plant

UDM: Why can’t the Dalai Lama visit South Africa?

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BONGANI MSOMI, UDM SECRETARY GENERAL The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wants to know why the Dalai Lama is, yet again, barred from entering South Africa. Maybe it’s third time lucky? How ironic that a peaceful leader, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, cannot visit South Africa to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, whilst we are proud of those South Africans who have been bestowed the same [...]

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM: Why can’t the Dalai Lama visit South Africa?

UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes it is a travesty that women in the workplace, both in the private and public service, are not safe from sexual harassment, abuse, violence and rape. One of the main reasons why people with much needed skills, such as doctors and nurses, leave for greener pastures is that they are not safe at their places of work. We have [...]

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

Statement by the Minister of Finance on retirement fund rumours

Address by Mr NL Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and honourable Members Savings and Investment are critical tools for a sustainable economic development and improvement of conditions of life of all nations. The reported shift from the panic “I can’t afford the cost of living” to action; cutting back on spending and paying down or avoiding debts and invest more, is a positive development, however, it is enabling few from urban and [...]

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Statement by the Minister of Finance on retirement fund rumours