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Debate on Higher Education Transformation

Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Speaker and Honourable Members, We should all take a leaf out of the students’ book because during their protests they were able to rise above narrow sectarian interests to fight for a common cause, something which is becoming rarer and rarer in our national politics. The second lesson is that, apart from other political dynamics that were at play, the rejection of political parties during [...]

October 27th, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|1 Comment

PE Ward 30 service delivery challenges

LETTER TO PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA, MINISTER PRAVIN GORDHAN AND MAYOR DANNY JORDAAN BY UDM PRESIDENT BANTU HOLOMISA Honourable Mr D Jordaan Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality First Floor City Hall Vuyisile Mini Square Port Elizabeth Honourable Mr Pravin Gordhan Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Republic of South Africa 120 Plein Street, Floor 11 Room 1110 Cape Town 8000 Honourable Mr JG Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhuys [...]

October 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Service delivery|Comments Off on PE Ward 30 service delivery challenges

Police attack against students

Statement issued by UDM President, Bantu Holomisa The brutal attack by police directed against the peacefully protesting students of the Nelson Mandela Municipality University and other Universities in the country, resembles the apartheid government’s response during the mid-1970s to the mid-1980 student uprising against Bantu Education. If one poor student loses his or her life as a result of the police actions, will not be surprised, Marikana has taught us, that even under democracy, a [...]

October 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Police brutality|Comments Off on Police attack against students

UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) condemns the ruthless and inhumane incident that took place over the weekend where a young woman was gang raped by 12 men in front of their partners while the other woman managed to escape. Their partners were then tied up and drowned in a dam in Kensington, Johannesburg. This is such a disgusting and dreadful attack that cannot be [...]

October 19th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

UDM reacts to SCA decision on SABC coup

Statement issued by President Bantu Holomisa, MP Statement on the Supreme Court of Appeal Judgement delivered on the 8th of October 2015 on a matter between SABC, Minister of Communication, Chief Operations Officer of the SABC and the Democratic Alliance The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on the 8th of October 2015. This judgement vindicates what we have always understood to be the powers of [...]

October 9th, 2015|2015 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts to SCA decision on SABC coup

Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General In the wake of new born babies being abandoned and deserted throughout the country, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is calling for harsh actions against those responsible for these inhumane acts. The abandonment of babies has become a norm and it is not acceptable at all. This is a problem that has gotten out hand. A lot must be done by government with society [...]

October 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

March against corruption on 30 of September 2015

The march against corruption on the 30th of September 2015, is consistent with the UDM position well-articulated in our 2014 Manifesto. Indeed corruption undermines and destroys the liberties enshrined in the country’s constitution, for which many paid the supreme price. This country can never succeed in eradicating poverty, create employment and reduce inequality if corruption is allowed to be the order of the day. The gains of our freedom and rights of citizens are undermined. [...]

September 29th, 2015|2015 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on March against corruption on 30 of September 2015

UDM reacts to the appointment of Mthandazo Ntlemeza as new head of the Hawks

Statement issued  by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the appointment of Mthandazo Berning Ntlemeza as the new head of Hawks. It remains to been seen whether the statement made by the Pretoria High Court Judge, Elias Matojane, who earlier this year found him as a liar and dishonest person was untrue and baseless. We hope that Ntlemeza is not blowing his own horn and start to deliver. It [...]

September 14th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts to the appointment of Mthandazo Ntlemeza as new head of the Hawks

Ongoing scourge of corruption in SA

address Mr ML Filtane MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker and members Corruption, poverty eradication, job opportunity creation and closing the gap between the poor and the rich, are permanent enemies who cannot share the same bed. It undermines the people and it renders their freedom unstable and insecure, making it impossible to achievement the kind of society envisaged in the Constitution of the Republic. A quick account on the effects of corruption over the [...]

September 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Ongoing scourge of corruption in SA

Unemployed graduates

address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and members According to the 2014 Statistic South Africa Quarterly Labour Force Survey 4, the unemployment rate amongst men with tertiary qualification ranged from 1.9% to 11% whilst amongst women with the same qualification ranged from 2.5% to 16.1%. Looking at Thembinkosi Phakathi, a 22 year old Public Relations graduate from the Durban University of Technology, standing at the corner of Rivonia Road and [...]

September 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Unemployed graduates

“Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform?” – Daily Dispatch Dialogue

Daily Dispatch Dialogue on – 18 August 2015, Guild Theater, East London at 18h40. TOPIC: “Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform.” By Mr Bantu Holomisa, President of the United Democratic Movement and Member of Parliament. Programme Director, Fellow Panellists and Participants, good evening. Let me from the onset, acknowledge and welcome the great and timely contribution by Mama Bam on one of the most important matter of national interest. Indeed Electoral Systems do play a [...]

August 18th, 2015|2015 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on “Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform?” – Daily Dispatch Dialogue

National Women’s Day

ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Women United in moving South Africa forward Honourable Speaker and Members Despite progress reported in the Report on the Status of Women in South Africa; most rural women and girls are still facing more obstacles in gaining access to public service, social protection, decent employment opportunities, and markets and other institutions. The voice of rural women must be [...]

August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues|Comments Off on National Women’s Day

UDEMWO calls for the protection of rape victims

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are saddened to witness growing numbers of abuse towards women while we are still celebrating the women’s month in South Africa. The rape of the 23 year old woman in Nkanini - Khayelitsha while her boyfriend was shot and killed trying to protect her is really inhumane that is why we are calling upon the South African Police [...]

August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for the protection of rape victims

Submission of the Opposition Parties to the Ad Hoc Committee on Nkandla: ANC rejected it

THE AD-HOC COMMITTEE ON THE REPORT OF THE MINISTER OF POLICE TO PARLIAMENT ON THE SECURITY UPGRADES AT THE NKANDLA PRIVATE RESIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT A.  STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT 1. This report is in two parts. The first part addresses itself to the legality and constitutionality of the process that has culminated in the appointment of the Ad Hoc Committee. The second part, to the extent that it is relevant, addresses the content of [...]

August 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Zumagate|Comments Off on Submission of the Opposition Parties to the Ad Hoc Committee on Nkandla: ANC rejected it

UDM Parliamentary Caucus denounces the Ad-hoc Committee on Nkandla as flawed and against the law

Statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa   After deliberations this morning the Caucus resolved as follows regarding the Nkandla Ad Hoc committee: 1. The new Ad-hoc committee process has not changed the original position of the UDM that the President must not use the Executive and Parliament to undermine the report of the Public Protector, but should in line with legal prescripts; approach the appropriate court for a judicial review. 2. Irrespective of the findings [...]

President Zuma to look into issues raised by Bantu Holomisa: Moretele Local Municipality

Issued by the Office of the Presidency President Jacob Zuma has assigned the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) to look into the issues raised by United Democratic Movement leader and Member of Parliament, Gen. Bantu Holomisa on the challenges facing Moretele Local Municipality, in the North West Province. General Holomisa has written to the President raising concerns about service delivery matters such as water and sanitation, roads infrastructure, public works programmes and general [...]

July 17th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Service delivery|Comments Off on President Zuma to look into issues raised by Bantu Holomisa: Moretele Local Municipality