||Corruption and clean governance

#MTBSP2017 Mini-budget: Minister Gigaba is reaping what he sowed

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy speech was unimpressive. In fact, it seemed a mere rehash of his predecessors’ old proposals. He was so non-committal, that there is very little hope that we will soon see agencies rate South Africa higher than ‘junk status’. The reaction of the Rand, to his speech, might be a sign of worse things to come. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes [...]

2017-10-25T21:43:11+00:00 October 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #MTBSP2017 Mini-budget: Minister Gigaba is reaping what he sowed

UDM rejects Government’s attempts to tap into PIC funds to bail out failing SOEs

The allegations that the Ministry of Finance is trying to access Public Investment Corporation (PIC) funds to bail out failing State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) confirm the United Democratic Movement's (UDM's) long-held suspicion that the mafia styled ruling elite would, once cash-strapped, extend its grubby hands to workers' pensions entrusted to them for safekeeping. The true intention of these transactions is not to bail out struggling SOEs, but rather to ensure that there is enough state [...]

2017-09-26T15:23:01+00:00 September 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, State Owned Enterprises, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM rejects Government’s attempts to tap into PIC funds to bail out failing SOEs

UDM rejects DA’s dirty tricks campaign

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP Since the outrageous DA orchestrated ousting of Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan coalition government, such senior DA leaders as Mmusi Maimane, James Selfe, and Athol Trollip have relentlessly attacked the UDM, its loyal coalition partner until the DA breached the relationship. I trust that the High Court will separate fact from fiction and that the honourable court will see through the [...]

2017-08-31T10:08:03+00:00 August 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM rejects DA’s dirty tricks campaign

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG: UDM commends Mayor Mashaba’s action regarding Cllr Peetz

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDM Councillor in the City of Johannesburg The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commends Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba for the swift action regarding allegations of corruption by MMC for Economic Development Cllr Sharon Peetz. Corruption has no colour or political affiliation and this administration of the City of Johannesburg is here to root out corruption regardless of who commits it. It must be made clear that no one is above the [...]

2017-08-03T13:40:20+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues|Comments Off on CITY OF JOHANNESBURG: UDM commends Mayor Mashaba’s action regarding Cllr Peetz

Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely concerned over reports of continued and growing intimidation of anyone who dares to dissent from the ruling party; or maybe just from certain elements within its ranks? This seems to be the go-to response, these days, when any unfortunate soul ventures to point out any wrong-doing in Government. It has been reported that South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) [...]

2017-07-18T11:56:52+00:00 July 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

Opposition parties met in Pretoria to discuss pressing issues

The following parties; ACDP, APC, COPE, DA, EFF, IFP and the UDM met today to discuss a number of burning political issues. 1. Secret Ballot or not? The 22 June Constitutional Court judgment We welcome the Constitutional Court judgement on the Speaker’s discretion to decide whether a vote on a no-confidence motion in the President of the Republic should be secret or not. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, has given the Speaker of the National Assembly [...]

2017-07-14T18:59:05+00:00 July 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on Opposition parties met in Pretoria to discuss pressing issues

Victory for SA! Constitutional Court ruling on secret ballot

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa -  UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has been vindicated with the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the Speaker of the National Assembly could facilitate a secret ballot in a no-confidence motion in President Zuma. We thank our legal team, as well as political parties and civil society organisations who supported us all the way. The risk of Members of Parliament (MPs) being victimised if they don’t vote according the [...]

2017-06-22T11:28:40+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Victory for SA! Constitutional Court ruling on secret ballot

ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

If it was not for the serious implications of the ruling party deployment agency; one might be tempted to laugh at the situation around the reinstatement of Mr Brian Molefe as the Eskom Chief Executive (CE). Exasperated opinions by, or on, Mr Molefe, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne, the ruling party and the Eskom Board falls from the sky like hail stones on a tin roof. According to the ruling party, Mr Molefe’s reinstatement “…is [...]

2017-05-12T17:47:31+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Parastatals, Public Works|Comments Off on ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot

JOINT STATEMENT BY POLITICAL PARTIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot (Issued on 12 May 2017 at the Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg) It is clear to all patriotic citizens that our country, South Africa, is experiencing the worst crisis of leadership since 1994. Our nation has reached a point where the conscience of every Member of Parliament (MP) matters in deciding whether a rogue President is removed from office or not. [...]

2017-05-12T12:37:06+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Speeches|Comments Off on March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot

Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

Statement issued by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Western Cape High Court ruling in favour of the case brought against Government by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute. This ruling is a good lesson for Government to understand and accept that accountability and transparency are non-negotiable Constitutional dictates. Government must stop trying to sneak such deals without the knowledge of the people. [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:29+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Minerals and Energy|Comments Off on Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

#ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

Joint media statement As leaders, we shall never abandon our responsibility to put South Africa first. Accordingly, the leadership of the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Agang SA, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement have agreed to give expression to this commitment. We want to make every effort to rescue South Africa from this one-man-made quagmire. President Jacob Zuma, [...]

2017-06-13T15:03:54+00:00 April 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

Integrity in the Public Sphere – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President)

Bantu Holomisa with Judge Albie Sachs • Dr Marianne Camerer, chair of this panel discussion • My co-panellist, Judge Albie Sachs • Colleagues and Emerging African Leaders 1. Learning integrity throughout my life I started my journey with integrity when I first learnt of trust, and accepting personal responsibility, as a herd-boy. Without these values, the cattle were not properly tended to and brought home safe in the evenings. In the early Seventies, [...]

2017-06-13T15:12:00+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Integrity in the Public Sphere – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President)

Competition Commission: Major banks must pay for any possible misdeeds

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the findings of the Competition Commission regarding 17 major banks operating in South Africa accused of price fixing in international markets and manipulating the South African currency. The Competition Commission has been courageous in its fight against corruption, especially the private sector. Most of its findings have withstood scrutiny and we therefore believe that in this instance it has also done its work with precision. Once this is confirmed [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:44+00:00 February 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Competition Commission: Major banks must pay for any possible misdeeds

President Zuma is considering a judicial inquiry into South African major banks in favour of the Gupta Family

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is appalled to learn that President Zuma is considering establishing a judicial inquiry into the closure of the bank accounts of the Guptas’ Oakbay Investments. The President confirmed this after being asked the following straight-forward question during the oral question session in Parliament on 23 November 2016: “Mr. President, on the 2nd September 2016, you told the nation that the statement made by Minister Zwane was not representing presidency, cabinet [...]

2017-06-13T15:12:54+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on President Zuma is considering a judicial inquiry into South African major banks in favour of the Gupta Family

UDM on resignation of Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe

Statement by President Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement, noted the reported resignation of Mr. Brian Molefe, the Chief Executive Officer of Eskom. The damning revelations in the report of the Public Protector on the State of Capture and the subsequent remedial actions therein, are unbearable. Whilst, his office has informed the nation, that his resignation is not an admission of wrong doing; the UDM is of the firm view that Eskom in general [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:04+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM on resignation of Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe

Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court

The United Democratic Movement has noted that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been issued with a formal summons to appear in court in relation to the South African Revenue Services “rogue unit”. While we believe that no-one is above the law, this matter must be handled with the utmost care so that it does not have an adverse effect on the South African economy. We already heard that the rand tanked with 2.93% within minutes [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:28+00:00 October 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court