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Unfair food parcel distribution: the ANC’s greediness is worrisome

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by how government and SASSA are keeping quiet about African National Congress (ANC) officials, members and/or councillors unfairly distributing food parcels to the needy in various communities throughout South Africa. In some areas, food parcels are given to people along party [...]

Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned that the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is quite reticent when the country needs his attention the most. Since the beginning of the academic year, there has been unrest in a number of South African universities like the [...]

2020-05-25T14:14:47+02:00February 20th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

Dissent voices on SOEs by top leadership is disheartening!

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement takes note on contradicting statements issued over the weekend by the President of the ruling party and his National Person on the ailing state-owned entity the South African airways. The President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that SAA will not be sold or shut [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:35+02:00February 10th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Economy, Government, Human rights, Local Government, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Dissent voices on SOEs by top leadership is disheartening!

Dismissal of corrupt managers at the SABC is not enough!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is of the view that the reports that shows the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) has lost 1.5Billion in revenue over the period of 2018/19 is unacceptable to the core. The dismissal and disciplinary measures by the Public broadcaster are not enough punishable [...]

2020-05-25T14:22:36+02:00January 21st, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Dismissal of corrupt managers at the SABC is not enough!

UDM NEC decision regarding the removal of Cllr Bobani as Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) met at the weekend to discuss the removal of the UDM’s executive mayor in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality through a vote of no confidence on 5 December 2019. After carefully considering the feedback it received, [...]

2020-05-25T14:42:12+02:00December 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Coalition Government, Democracy|Comments Off on UDM NEC decision regarding the removal of Cllr Bobani as Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor

KwaZulu-Natal precarious weather

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families who had lost their loved ones in the past 3 days, due to the severe and dreich weather in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Party also sympathises with the members of different communities [...]

A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by the sad news of the passing of an educator at Sivuyile Primary School in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape. The video of a heated argument between an Educator and a learner started circulating on social media late last week. The UDM is [...]

2020-05-25T14:42:55+02:00November 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

South African Post Office Service Sucks: Poor service delivery

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disheartened by the poor service rendered by the Post Office, The Tramshed branch in Pretoria (Tshwane) cbd to be precisely has been offline for quite some time. The customers are receiving a raw deal. This post office cannot provide basic services [...]

2020-05-25T15:00:30+02:00October 10th, 2019|2019 Archive, Archives, Bongani Msomi, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, State Owned Enterprises, Youth Issues|Comments Off on South African Post Office Service Sucks: Poor service delivery

University of Zululand:Vulnerability of Students

  Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement notes with concern the vulnerability of students who resides in private accommodations that are not part of the university’s residences and it supports the initiative of students for embarking on a protest demonstration. The students opt to lodge or stay at private accommodation because the [...]

2020-05-25T15:00:52+02:00September 18th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Issues, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN, Youth Issues|Comments Off on University of Zululand:Vulnerability of Students

UDM statement on the IFP’s newly elected leadership

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to congratulate the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on its successful National Elective Congress held from the 23rd to the 25th of August, 2019. It is heartening that this National Elective Congress was able to elect a [...]

2020-05-25T15:01:28+02:00August 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Issues, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on UDM statement on the IFP’s newly elected leadership

Old SA flag: the Equality Court missed an opportunity

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes with concern the recent ruling by the Equality Court on the matter between The National Mandela Foundation Trust and with Afriforum NPC and others. The UDM is of the view that the relief sought and eventually acceded to by the Deputy [...]

Reflection on the deployment of the SANDF in the Western Cape

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is aware that it has been several weeks since the deployment of the soldiers in some of the gang war areas in the Western Cape and the sad part is that the killings or the number of people being killed brutally in the [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:03+02:00August 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Defence, Home|Comments Off on Reflection on the deployment of the SANDF in the Western Cape

Special message to Minister of Police re murder of Senzo Meyiwa

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As the nation still mourns the passing away of Mr Sam Meyiwa, the father of the treasured footballer Senzo Meyiwa, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has a special message for Minister of Police Bheki Cele to do whatever is needed to bring to book Senzo’s murderers. The [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:30+02:00August 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Police|Comments Off on Special message to Minister of Police re murder of Senzo Meyiwa

Butterworth school closure threatens children’s future

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is aware of the shutdown of Zanokhanyo Junior Secondary School in Butterworth because of dilapidation. This illustrates the failure by the Eastern Cape and National Department of Education. On a daily basis, the ANC-led government emphasizes how important education is, but the condition [...]

2020-05-25T15:14:46+02:00July 25th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education|Comments Off on Butterworth school closure threatens children’s future

Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement has observed that there have been too many service delivery protests around South Africa, prior to elections and after. We hoped to see less of these occurrences, especially after elections, but seemingly they are increasing on a daily basis. We saw what happened when [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:11+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil Disobedience, Housing and Human Settlements, Human rights, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

The 6th parliament will make or break South Africa

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is cautiously optimistic about South Africa’s future as our 6th parliament is established today. However, only time will tell whether the next five years will in fact bring to life President Cyril Ramaphosa’s proposed new dawn. As per the UDM’s longstanding advice, we [...]

Poor service delivery is not the IEC’s problem

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes with concern that many voting stations across the country have fallen victim to protest action and violence. It is unforgivable to endanger the lives of the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) personnel and to destroy or damage property. Also, the country can simply not tolerate a situation where our [...]

2020-05-25T15:08:50+02:00January 26th, 2019|2019 Election Campaign, Bongani Msomi, Democracy, Home, Service delivery|Comments Off on Poor service delivery is not the IEC’s problem

#Elections2019: call to South Africans to register to vote

This coming weekend, 26 and 27 January, is the last chance for all South Africans who have not yet registered to vote, to do so. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) encourages all South Africans of voting age (18 and older) to register for the upcoming national and provincial elections. We especially urge our young people [...]

2020-05-25T15:08:58+02:00January 25th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bongani Msomi|Comments Off on #Elections2019: call to South Africans to register to vote

SA’s education system is ruining learners’ futures

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes with concern the 2018 matric pass rate. The “so-called” improvement of 79.4% in 2018 to 76.5% in 2017 is only a dream. After scrutinising the results, it is crystal clear that something is not adding up. Another concern is that so many pupils have made it to the [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:09+02:00January 24th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on SA’s education system is ruining learners’ futures

Sexual abuse of children living with disability

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As the world this week marked the international day for persons living with disabilities, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely worried about the continued abuse of children living with disabilities in special schools across the country. The recent revelations, of sexual abuse of children living with [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:36+02:00December 5th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Sexual abuse of children living with disability

Aids Day 2018: a message to South Africans

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As South Africa and the world mark another Aids Day tomorrow, it is comforting to know that many lives have been saved through access to antiretroviral treatment. It is however heart-wrenching that the number of people infected has escalated from 4,25 million in 2002 to 7,52 million [...]

2020-05-25T15:09:47+02:00November 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Aids Day 2018: a message to South Africans

UDM on NMU student involved in fatal stabbing

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General We are shocked at reports of the arrest of a 23-year-old Nelson Mandela University student, Athenkosi Zenani, who allegedly stabbed a man to death in self-defence after two Tanzanian men tried to apparently rob him and his friends. We have noted that he has since been released on [...]

2020-05-25T15:18:47+02:00November 21st, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Safety and Security|Comments Off on UDM on NMU student involved in fatal stabbing

Increase in municipal managers’ salaries immoral

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General It is upsetting that, during a time where the country is battling a high unemployment rate and other negative economic factors, municipal managers and those directly reporting to them will receive pay hikes. The United Democratic Movement condemns this immoral decision in the strongest possible terms. This is [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:27+02:00November 13th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Increase in municipal managers’ salaries immoral

Increased fatalities on SA roads not acceptable

The high number of fatalities on our roads over the past few weeks is disturbing. What is of greater concern is that these accidents happened during Transport Month, which amongst others, was looking at curbing road fatalities. Year on year far too many travellers do not reach their destinations and as people gear up [...]

2020-05-25T15:10:49+02:00October 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Transport|Comments Off on Increased fatalities on SA roads not acceptable

Government must find permanent solutions to shack fires

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed by the horrific Khayelitsha fires that claimed a life and left hundreds of people without a place of safety. We are in particular worried about matric pupils busy preparing for final exams. There can never be anything more stressful than [...]

2020-05-25T15:12:31+02:00October 22nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home|Comments Off on Government must find permanent solutions to shack fires

Good luck class of 2018!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As you stand at the precipice of exams, the United Democratic Movement wishes all the matriculants, who will start writing exams today, the best of luck. It must be a motivation to you that you have persevered with your schooling to have reached this goal. We understand that [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:34+02:00October 15th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Good luck class of 2018!

Condolences: passing of Eastern Cape Education MEC

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is saddened by the loss of Education MEC, Mandla Makupula. This is not only a loss for his family or the Eastern Cape, but to the nation. We wish to send a message of condolence to the family, friends and to the African [...]

2020-05-25T15:11:55+02:00October 8th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi|Comments Off on Condolences: passing of Eastern Cape Education MEC

Xolobeni: Minister Mantashe’s arrogance

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is dismayed at the decision of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe to give an Australian company the go-ahead to mine at the Xolobeni village in the Eastern Cape. This, even after an outcry from the community. Millions of rands will be shipped [...]

2020-05-25T15:12:00+02:00October 4th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Minerals and Energy, SA Mining Industry|Comments Off on Xolobeni: Minister Mantashe’s arrogance

UDM KwaZulu-Natal Interim Provincial Executive Committee appointed

United Democratic Movement (UDM) representatives from all seven regions in KwaZulu-Natal met on Saturday, 15 September 2018 to, amongst others, discuss the future of the UDM in the province and to appoint an Interim Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) that will drive the party’s programmes leading up to the 2019 National and Provincial. The below persons shall [...]

2020-05-25T15:15:58+02:00September 18th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM KwaZulu-Natal Interim Provincial Executive Committee appointed

It is disturbing to learn that government buildings in the City of Johannesburg are not safe

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is appalled and disturbed by the news that a number of government buildings in the City of Johannesburg in particular are not safe.   This is witnessed by the fire that has destroyed one of these buildings two days ago which is also [...]

2020-05-25T15:16:25+02:00September 7th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on It is disturbing to learn that government buildings in the City of Johannesburg are not safe

UDM calls for calm during SRC elections

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls for calm during this time of student representative council elections at many of our institutions of higher learning. What the country witnessed at the Soshanguve Campus of the Tshwane University of Technology is not acceptable. We are disturbed by the allegations that [...]

2018-08-30T13:28:01+02:00August 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for calm during SRC elections

Government is failing or unwilling to solve taxi violence

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the continued violence in the taxi industry. The killing of eleven taxi operators at the weekend is senseless and not long ago, many lives were lost in Mthatha in [...]

2020-05-25T15:31:51+02:00July 24th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil Disobedience, Home, Transport|Comments Off on Government is failing or unwilling to solve taxi violence

Freedom Day 2018

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General Truth be told, we started well in 1994. South Africa built a democratic dispensation based on the noble ideals of protecting human rights and promoting freedom. The struggle movements and leaders can take a bow for breaking down minority rule. [...]

2020-05-25T15:21:26+02:00April 26th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on Freedom Day 2018

UDM’s well wishes for Easter holidays

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As many South Africans make their way to different destinations these Easter holidays, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on drivers to be vigilant, cautious and obey road signs. They must ensure that travellers reach their destination safe. Motorists must curb roads rage. The drivers and passengers [...]

2018-04-24T20:10:47+02:00March 28th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s well wishes for Easter holidays

#UniversityStudents, be responsible and good luck for 2018!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General Message to students from by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes the best of luck to all the young South Africans who will begin a new chapter of life at the institutions of higher learning throughout the Country. We hope that [...]

2020-05-25T15:22:24+02:00January 17th, 2018|#FeesMustFall, 2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #UniversityStudents, be responsible and good luck for 2018!

#Zuptas to face the music? The Hawks must not stop there!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General Seemingly the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has woken up to its duty as it was reported that they were looking to seize Gupta assets and those of Trillian and McKinsey. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) also welcomes reports that there will soon be an arrest warrant issued for, [...]

2020-05-25T15:22:29+02:00January 16th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on #Zuptas to face the music? The Hawks must not stop there!

Annual festive season road fatalities: arrive alive

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As the festive season approaches, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) dreads the annual increase in road injuries and fatalities during this period; especially since we have already seen some dreadful accidents, particularly in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, and the festive season is not yet in full [...]

2020-05-25T15:23:20+02:00December 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM, Road Safety|Comments Off on Annual festive season road fatalities: arrive alive

UDM welcomes the appointment of our new National Police Commissioner

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the appointment of General KJ Sitole as our new National Police Commissioner. It is good that he comes from inside the ranks of the South African Police Services (SAPS). This means that he is a career professional and would therefore have a [...]

2018-01-24T15:20:38+02:00November 23rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil Disobedience, Home, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Safety and Security|Comments Off on UDM welcomes the appointment of our new National Police Commissioner

UDM condemns violent taxi strike

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned by the timing of the protesting taxi industry in many parts of Gauteng. This is a critical time for scholars especially those doing Grade 12 who are busy writing their final exams. We understand the frustration of the [...]

2018-01-24T15:21:36+02:00November 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM condemns violent taxi strike

#FeesMustFall: Students up in arms yet again, when will Government learn?

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned by the #FeesMustFall protests that have, yet again, forced several institutions of higher learning to grind to a halt, and interrupted exams. The UDM expresses sympathy with our students’ plight and we believe their grievances are real, and their demands, [...]

2017-11-30T19:58:52+02:00October 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on #FeesMustFall: Students up in arms yet again, when will Government learn?