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UDM lodges complaint with IEC re alleged ANC attack on members campaigning in Mbizana

Mr VG Mashinini Chairperson of the Electoral Commission P/Bag X112 Centurion 0046 Dear Sir LODGING OF COMPLAINT: ALLEGED ATTACK ON UDM MEMBERS BY PERSONS DRESSED IN ANC REGALIA Earlier this week, United Democratic Movement (UDM) members were campaigning in Ward 7, Khaleni Administrative Area, in the Mbizana Local Municipality (Eastern Cape). Four of our members were allegedly assaulted by persons wearing African National Congress regalia. One of our members was admitted to hospital with injuries [...]

UDEMWO: Women are not punch bags

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Women abuse has become our daily bread, we are sick and tired of waking up to outrageous stories that revolves around women abuse. We are absolutely shocked and disturbed by a video of kwaito star Mampintsha that is making the rounds on social media showing that he is seemingly beating his girlfriend Bongekile Simelane, better known as ‘Babes Wodumo’. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes [...]

UDM welcomes President Ramaphosa’s green initiative

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government will start a massive clean-up campaign to get rid of the litter and waste that lay by our road-sides and fouls our communities. We welcome this move, as it is in line with the UDM’s environmental policy and this year’s election manifesto. Every city, town, suburb, township, informal settlement and rural areas are filthy and is in desperate need of intervention. Many [...]

UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

We find it extremely difficult to digest the fact that three women, who hail from the Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape were, late last year, burnt to death because they had allegedly been witchcraft practitioners. This can only be described as the worst aberration of what might be called “mob justice”. It was recently reported that elderly women in the Eastern Cape are physically abused, raped and killed, because they practised [...]

UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disgusted that yet another African National Congress (ANC) leader has been accused of women abuse. As the story unfolds, we note that these accusations constantly rotate amongst the ruling party’s prominent male leaders. Some of those alleged culprits have been Danny Jordaan, Marius Fransman, Mduduzi Manana, and more recently Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa. And, lest we forget, their very own, former president Jacob Zuma. Even [...]

The UDM’s reaction to #SONA2019

• Honourable Speaker and chairperson of the NCOP • Mister President • Honourable Members South Africa needs key interventions in order to eradicate poverty, place more citizens in jobs, in particular young people, whilst closing the gap between the haves and the have nots. Firstly, we need massive investment in the maintenance and development of a well-coordinated and integrated socio-economic infrastructure that is driven by government. Reading the City Press report recently on the [...]

2019-02-13T09:08:37+02:00February 12th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, SONA, Speeches|1 Comment

UDM KZN: KwaZulu-Natal’s “missing” R220 million drought relief funds

The R220 million, that was meant to give drought-stricken communities and farmers in KwaZulu-Natal some relief, has seemingly vanished in a flourish of orchestrated thievery. This situation has, for instance, had a devastating effect on the Pomeroy Community Health Centre in Msinga which must keep water in dustbins just to flush toilets. It also is a great disappointment that four years have passed without the incumbent opposition parties in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature raising the [...]

2019-02-07T17:33:37+02:00February 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on UDM KZN: KwaZulu-Natal’s “missing” R220 million drought relief funds

R116m of the PIC’s money to allegedly be spent on UWC student accommodation without due diligence

Dear Honourable Minister Mboweni REQUEST FOR THE URGENT INTERVENTION ON THE POSSIBLE IRREGULAR FUNDING OF IKHAYA STUDENT ACCOMMODATION (PTY) LTD BY THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION The above has reference, and I attach hereto relevant documents for your ease of reference. The referenced documents suggest, amongst others, that: 1. Based on an email dated 4 February 2019 from the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) Roy Rajdhar to some George Blackenberg, it appears, that the PIC is [...]

2019-02-06T15:39:44+02:00February 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on R116m of the PIC’s money to allegedly be spent on UWC student accommodation without due diligence

Ongoing student protests at KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by the escalation of violent student demonstrations at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and FET colleges in the province. The UDM condemns any use of force and violence in the strongest terms. We call for cool heads and calm, as violence has already led to the tragic loss of a student’s life. We call on all VCs and university executives [...]

2019-02-06T14:19:13+02:00February 6th, 2019|#FeesMustFall, 2019 Archive, Home|Comments Off on Ongoing student protests at KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions

An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President regarding an Alternative State of the Nation at the Cape Town Press Club • Chairperson • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Introduction We are grateful to be part of this engagement exploring the very important subject of the true state of the nation. We are just three months away from the 6th democratic elections in South Africa, which means that electioneering has begun and that all [...]

2019-02-05T14:01:32+02:00February 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Parastatals, Public Investment Corporation|Comments Off on An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

UDM welcomes resignation of PIC board

The United Democratic Movement welcomes the resignation of the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) board. The Mpati Commission can now go ahead and do a thorough investigation into the ins and outs of the allegations of corruption that surrounds the PIC. The UDM has equivocally stated in the past that the current board cannot play judge and jury in the investigation into the apparent corruption at the PIC. An interim board must be appointed as [...]

2019-02-01T18:11:44+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Public Investment Corporation|Comments Off on UDM welcomes resignation of PIC board

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 democratic processes are held at ransom, because of people’s frustration and anger with the ruling party. We urge South Africans [...]

2019-01-26T18:04:09+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

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 newspaper and moreover have “obtained bachelors” as per the minister of basic education Angie Motshega. However, they cannot be accepted [...]

2019-01-24T12:35:07+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

State Capture Inquiry should look into R350m Hlano deal to ascertain ANC & Zonkizizwe involvement

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo Private Bag X1 Constitution Hill Braamfontein 2017 Dear Sir STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY: INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS AND ZONKIZIZWE INVESTMENTS’ INVOLVEMENT IN GAUTENG ROU HOUSING LOAN PORTFOLIO DEAL BETWEEN HLANO FINANCIAL SERVICES AND THE GAUTENG DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS To provide context, we refer you to a 2016 agreement between Hlano Financial Services, Nimble Collection Services and the Department of Human Settlements regarding the resolution of Hlano Financial [...]

2019-01-09T14:26:04+02:00January 9th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Open Letters, State Capture Inquiry|Comments Off on State Capture Inquiry should look into R350m Hlano deal to ascertain ANC & Zonkizizwe involvement

UDEMWO welcomes appointment of new NDPP boss

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the appointment of Advocate Shamila Batohi as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP). We strongly believe that her appointment is based on merit, as well as her hard work and dedication she has shown in the justice field. Her track record speaks for itself. The NDPP desperately needed a person of such calibre to head the unit and [...]

2018-12-05T12:30:25+02:00December 5th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Justice|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes appointment of new NDPP boss

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 disabilities, made by SABC 1 current affairs programme, Cutting Edge, send chills down the spine. The programme showed that child [...]

2018-12-05T11:31:33+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