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Transport Department must take SANTACO seriously!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disappointed with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s failure to address disgruntled taxi drivers just a few days ago. This is not what is expected of a minister; he could have done better and not just throw tantrums, as the taxi drivers are justifiably [...]

Introduction of “Scoo-mbulance” in the Eastern Cape is an insult to the people

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The introduction of EMS scooters by the Eastern Cape provincial government is a bad idea and is just a waste of tax-payers’ hard-earned money.   It is doubtful that these scooters can properly manoeuvre rough roads and inaccessible areas, especially during adverse weather.   In addition, these bikers, [...]

Covid-19 and government: a worst nightmare for women and children

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is deeply perturbed by how life is turning out for many South Africans, especially women, as we daily hear of large numbers of retrenchments, due to the Covid-19 lockdown. This is hitting very hard in the cases of sole family-breadwinners. It was [...]

2020-05-22T14:26:45+02:00May 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Economy, Government, Health, Home, Human rights, Interviews, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Covid-19 and government: a worst nightmare for women and children

UDEMWO rejects reopening of schools

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) rejects the reopening of schools, on 1 June 2020 for Grade 7 and 12 learners, as announced yesterday by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and so approved by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). The fact that the Minister herself had [...]

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 [...]

Yearly protests at higher learning institutions is cause for much concern

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) notes with concern the year-in-year-out students’ protests about acceptance at higher learning institutions, registration fees, transport allowances and accommodation. We have seen quite disturbing scenes of frustrated students from, for example, the University of Zululand and the University of the [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:21+02:00March 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Human rights, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Yearly protests at higher learning institutions is cause for much concern

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!

The UDM Youth Vanguard is disgusted by bully tendencies from the DA.

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng For far too long, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has used every nefarious political tactic to tarnish the image and reputation of the of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Comrade Mongameli Bobani with baseless accusations. The smear campaign against Mr Bobani started during the days of Athol [...]

2020-05-25T14:15:12+02:00February 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Human rights, Media statements: UDMYV, Nelson Mandela Bay, Youth Issues|Comments Off on The UDM Youth Vanguard is disgusted by bully tendencies from the DA.

Postponement of lower data prices is a justice denied

  The UDM Youth Vanguard is in awe at the extension of the deadline that was initially two months for network operators to reduce data costs. If these network operators were interested in reducing data, they could have done so within the timeframe the Competition Commission had set. Calls for reduction of data prices were [...]

2020-05-25T14:21:05+02:00February 3rd, 2020|#DataMustFall, 2020 Archive, Economy, Government, Home, Human rights, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDMYV, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Postponement of lower data prices is a justice denied

Free education a reality or a dream deferred

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng In December 2017 on the evening of the ANC Conference, South African youth woke up to news that free higher education was finally a reality as the then President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma declared. These news were greatly received with jubilation hence fees must fall activists thought they [...]

2020-05-25T14:22:08+02:00January 29th, 2020|2020 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Issues, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Free education a reality or a dream deferred

Enough is Enough: Laticia Jansen

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is totally flabbergasted with the ongoing behaviour of violence within schoolers in South Africa. Every day, every week, we wake up to devastating news of yet another learner that has lost a life. This has become a norm in our society, with so [...]

2020-05-25T14:18:48+02:00January 27th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Police, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Enough is Enough: Laticia Jansen

Justice for Sibongile Nkhwashu

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disgusted by the acts of South African men who have no respect for women’s lives. In the previous year, we have seen women die at the hands of men. It is 22 days into the new year, and we wake up [...]

2020-06-17T11:38:10+02:00January 23rd, 2020|2020 Archive, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Justice for Sibongile Nkhwashu

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 [...]

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!

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, UDM Deputy President On this day, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we are reminded of how we should respect one another’s constitutional rights and, specifically, each South African’s right to cultural expression. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that cultural diversity drives change, not only [...]

2020-05-25T15:14:57+02:00May 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, Social development and welfare|Comments Off on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Bantu Holomisa speaks at a Unisa panel discussion on the 2019 general elections

• Our hosts today • Dr Somadoda Fikeni, our moderator • Those who represent the various departments that sponsored this panel discussion • My colleagues from other political parties • Academics and students • Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for affording me the opportunity to have a chat with you today. 1. The UDM’s [...]

UDM meeting discussing xenophobia

• Members of the UDM’s National Executive Committee • The party’s regional leaders • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Welcome I wish to thank you for the opportunity to address you today. It might be a little cold outside, but you are here and ready to participate. Also, thank you for sacrificing your time on [...]

2020-05-25T15:05:52+02:00April 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Human rights, Xenophobia|Comments Off on UDM meeting discussing xenophobia

#ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the volatile situation in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Much of this unhappiness stems from the African National Congress’ (ANC) misuse of billions of Rands allocated to the Alexandra renewal project during the era of former President Thabo Mbeki. RDP houses in Alexandra Extension 7, [...]

2020-05-25T15:06:14+02:00April 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Housing and Human Settlements, Human rights, Local Government, Media statements: UDM, Safety and security, Service delivery, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on #ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

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”. [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:26+02:00March 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

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, [...]

2020-05-25T15:15:15+02:00February 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

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

#UDEMWO on Freedom Day 2018: what are we celebrating?

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Although some changes for the better have taken place since 1994, there are far too many areas that require vast improvement; especially when it comes to women and children; their needs and the protection of their rights. 1) Economic inequality, crushing poverty and gender discrimination are still [...]

2020-05-25T15:21:32+02:00April 26th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Human rights, Safety and security, Women's Issues|Comments Off on #UDEMWO on Freedom Day 2018: what are we celebrating?

Changes to labour legislations must go back to #Nedlac for broader consultation

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) makes an urgent call on government to refer the proposed changes to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, as well as the introduction of the National Minimum Wages Bill, back to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). These proposed changes are tantamount [...]

2020-05-25T15:38:04+02:00April 24th, 2018|2018 Archive, Economy, Home, Human rights, Labour, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa|Comments Off on Changes to labour legislations must go back to #Nedlac for broader consultation

#HumanRightsDay Rally 2018, UDM Rally in Gauteng, DH Williams Grounds, Kathlehong, Ekurhuleni

Speaking notes for UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa 1. Welcome   On behalf of the entire United Democratic Movement (UDM) leadership, I extend a word of welcome to all of you gathered here today as we commemorate Human Rights Day in South Africa.   For each of you, being present is a personal sacrifice and [...]

2020-05-25T15:32:33+02:00March 21st, 2018|2018 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Human rights, Speeches|Comments Off on #HumanRightsDay Rally 2018, UDM Rally in Gauteng, DH Williams Grounds, Kathlehong, Ekurhuleni

Dlamini-Zuma visit to Marikana – a gimmick

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with anger the visit of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in Marikana, North West. It was just a gimmick. Her visit was nothing but a campaigning stunt. As the country celebrated women and their role in the month of August, [...]

2018-01-24T15:30:48+02:00August 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Human rights, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Dlamini-Zuma visit to Marikana – a gimmick

Human Rights Day 2017 debate

Address by Mr LB Gaehler, UDM Member of Parliament in the National Council of Provinces: Eastern Cape Honourable Chairperson, and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) acknowledges that we, as a Country, have come far in terms of ensuring that all South Africans enjoy equal human rights. For that we are thankful. However, in [...]

2017-06-13T15:06:39+02:00March 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Human rights, Speeches|Comments Off on Human Rights Day 2017 debate