|Issues

No real justice for victims: Punishment for sexual offenders is simply not to tough enough

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) reiterates its call for harsher punishment of those found guilty of abusing and murdering women and children. There also has to be stricter bail conditions, before such criminals are set loose on society. In these regards, the justice system has been failing women and children for years and years. It is said far too often, that criminals have more rights in [...]

2017-07-03T10:04:09+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on No real justice for victims: Punishment for sexual offenders is simply not to tough enough

Having a royal time in South African prisons

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The Department of Correctional Service does not cease to amaze. In February this year, the Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane splurged more than R60 000 of taxpayers’ money treating prisoners at Leeuwkop (Midrand) to a KFC meal. A week ago, Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa caused an uproar when she presented 30 laptops to inmates of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria (with 70 more laptops [...]

2017-06-27T13:31:54+00:00 June 27th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Correctional Services, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Having a royal time in South African prisons

AG’s findings on local government audit remains cause for concern

Regarding the Auditor-general’s latest report on the local government audit, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes that there were only marginal improvements in local government audit results. We are however concerned that 14 municipalities lost their clean audit status, while only 9 cleaned up their acts. It simply means that good governance at local level, and effective municipal management, is moving in the wrong direction. It is heartening that the Auditor-general’s office, as a Chapter 9 [...]

2017-06-23T15:41:12+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Local Government, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on AG’s findings on local government audit remains cause for concern

Serious concern over provision of health services, especially in KwaZulu-Natal

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the dire situation of the shortage of healthcare practitioners especially the medical practitioners and material resources at public or state hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. We have heard too many stories of specialists, general practitioners and nurses who leave public service in search of greener pastures in the private sector and outside the country. What is more disturbing is the [...]

2017-06-23T15:45:18+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Health, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Serious concern over provision of health services, especially in KwaZulu-Natal

#Concourt: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa writes to the Speaker on secret ballot

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Dear Madam Speaker CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING ON SECRET BALLOT AND THE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC We refer to our letter, that was subsequently withdrawn, sent on 3 April 2017 wherein we lodged a motion of no-confidence in the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr JG Zuma. In light of today’s ruling of the Constitutional Court regarding your discretionary power to allow for a [...]

2017-06-23T15:49:22+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on #Concourt: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa writes to the Speaker on secret ballot

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

Precautionary measures for initiation must be made a priority

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General It is that time of the year where thousands of boys from many communities across South Africa will be taking the life changing journey to the mountains to become men. This time-honoured rite of passage to manhood should be respected by all stakeholders and it cannot be at the expense of young lives. At this very important time for initiation practising communities, the United Democratic Movement [...]

2017-06-20T12:06:11+00:00 June 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Precautionary measures for initiation must be made a priority

Youth Day Rally, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, address by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

• National and provincial leaders of the UDM, • National and provincial leaders of the UDM, • Regional and local UDM leaders, • UDM Public Representatives, • Members of the United Democratic Movement. 1. National Youth Day 2017 Whilst the 1976-youth made their significant contribution to our democracy, today’s youth feels left out; relegated to economic hardship with no jobs and no prospects. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) therefore appreciates the young South Africans who [...]

2017-06-16T15:31:17+00:00 June 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth Day Rally, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, address by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

Appointment of “sex- and pals-for-jobs” officials EC Legislature: Aloota Continua big time

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked to learn that two senior managers at the Eastern Cape Legislature, implicated in a sex-for-jobs and jobs-for-pals scandal, have been rewarded with senior posts in another department. Human Resources management head Malibongwe Ngcai and strategic manager Basil Mase are now heading Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. This is a farce and it is saddening that corrupt officials are rewarded for [...]

2017-06-06T13:14:05+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Appointment of “sex- and pals-for-jobs” officials EC Legislature: Aloota Continua big time

UDEMWO calls for justice on child abusers

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the country commemorates another week of Children’s Week, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) calls for the hand of justice not to be lenient to children abusers and murderers. Children have become vulnerable in the hands of evil doers and they must pay for their actions. Since the beginning of the year, more than 19 children have been killed in the Western Cape province [...]

2017-06-09T08:05:05+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for justice on child abusers

Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins millions of South Africans to declare, violence and abuse of women and girlchildren, a crime against humanity. Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms, as well as gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. The recent spate of gruesome murders of girls and infants, have a devastating effect on girls, women and society in general, and must be rejected [...]

2017-06-14T13:14:32+00:00 May 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members Electricity is a fundamental factor in a wide range of socio-economic matters; it is the lifeblood of an economically and socially active community. Reliable electricity has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life of the poor, in particular, those in rural areas. We need to make it a priority to promote and incorporate all viable options for electricity generation. We must aim to ensure that every household has [...]

2017-06-13T16:24:59+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Minerals and Energy, Service delivery, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the events surrounding the death of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende. She disappeared for almost two weeks and finding her body at her place of work is concerning in the extreme. The suspicious circumstance around her death is compounded by the fact that her car was apparently parked outside the offices, yet a police search did not [...]

2017-05-30T13:47:17+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit

Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson and Members The Presiding Officers of this 5th Democratic Parliament, in the foreword of the Strategic Plan 2014-19, said, “Parliament exist to represent people and to ensure their involvement in government processes”. In this regard, and in the context of celebrating its twenty years of existence, we would recommend that this house, deliberately creates more mechanisms for citizens to have access to all the laws made by Parliament. We must move towards a [...]

2017-06-13T14:43:02+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Parliamentary oversight, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Debate on Budget Vote 40 – Sport and Recreation South Africa by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the budget vote. The budget reduction in this department does not augur well for the promotion, development and transformation of sport in our Country. Already, compensation to the departmental employees had to be reduced on an escalating scale during the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, totalling R4.9 million. The next victims of this reduction are goods and services. Regrettably, the very people who would have benefitted from the [...]

2017-05-31T16:48:54+00:00 May 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Sport and Recreation|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 40 – Sport and Recreation South Africa by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP

Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the destructive behaviour of some Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students. The reported fight between WSU medical students and the fatal stabbing of a final year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, is shocking and seems quite senseless; it is difficult to grasp what has happened. Parents send their children to university in the hope that they will live and learn in a safe environment, yet they are [...]

2017-05-25T17:32:10+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Avoidable WSU violence takes a life