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UDEMWO is devastated by the recent horrific attack against a 14 year old girl in Grabouw

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General   As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) we are devastated by the recent attack on the 14 year old girl in Grabouw, Western Cape. We would like to convey our message of support and wish her a speedy recovery from this horrific attack. This young girl has shown bravery after her brutal attack and was able to name the culprit. This incident is taking us [...]

July 16th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is devastated by the recent horrific attack against a 14 year old girl in Grabouw

Bantu Holomisa writes to President Zuma re sorry state of Moretele Local Municipality in urgent need of Government’s attention

Dear Honourable President, RE: SORRY STATE OF MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN URGENT NEED OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION The above mentioned matter has reference. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a community meeting by the Concerned Residents of Moretele Local Municipality in North West Province. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and find solutions to the challenges facing their Municipality. In addition to the meeting, the Community had also planned a march on [...]

July 15th, 2015|2015 Archive, Open Letters, Public Works, Service delivery|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to President Zuma re sorry state of Moretele Local Municipality in urgent need of Government’s attention

Department of Correctional Service is letting down the nation

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the growing number of prisoners escaping in correctional facilities throughout the country, which sometimes becomes a clear indication that Correctional Service officials might have got a hand in these acts. This has also caused the public to lose hope on state organs due to victims becoming vulnerable and more susceptive to crime, after the culprits have escaped from prison. We are calling upon Minister of Correctional Services [...]

July 14th, 2015|Correctional Services|Comments Off on Department of Correctional Service is letting down the nation

UDM President Bantu Holomisa requests an investigation by Public Protector into the Department of Transport – Eastern Cape Province

Dear Advocate Madonsela REQUEST FOR AN INVESTIGATION: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE - SCHOLAR TRANSPORT. I take this opportunity to table the following matter with you, so that you may please investigate it appropriately for the benefit of the South African public. I have anonymously received the attached information alleging maladministration within the Eastern Cape Department of Transport with regard to the scholar transport. Most importantly is not how it landed on my [...]

July 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Open Letters, Parastatals, Transport|Comments Off on UDM President Bantu Holomisa requests an investigation by Public Protector into the Department of Transport – Eastern Cape Province

Letter by Bantu Holomisa, MP to President Jacob Zuma: Marikana, UDM proposes a way forward for Marikana Massacre

Dear Honourable President, RE: UDM PROPOSE A WAY FORWARD FOR MARIKANA MASSACRE August 16, 2015 marks the third anniversary of the Marikana massacre. The Marikana massacre stands out as the worst case of police brutality in the post-Apartheid South Africa, where more than 30 miners were massacred by the South African Police for demanding a living wage and an improvement in their working conditions. The Nation and the families of the victims of the massacre [...]

July 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Marikana Massacre, Open Letters|Comments Off on Letter by Bantu Holomisa, MP to President Jacob Zuma: Marikana, UDM proposes a way forward for Marikana Massacre

UDEMWO calls for thorough investigation on Saint Barnabas Hospital, Eastern Cape

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are angered by the ignorance and inhumane treatment by the health workers at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape. Refusing to pay attention to a sickly person is something else but refusing to render the necessary help for a rape victim is grossly inhumane. Rape issue is a very sensitive matter and the more you do not follow all the necessary precautions is the more [...]

June 22nd, 2015|2015 Archive, Health, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for thorough investigation on Saint Barnabas Hospital, Eastern Cape

UDEMWO is pleased by the court’s decision to deny bail against Christopher Panayiotou

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the way National Prosecuting Authority has so far handled the Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused case of murdering the innocent Jayde Panayiotou. Panayiotou and the men accused of killing this young woman do not deserve to be back in our communities as they pose a danger not only to the community but to those close to them. They have displayed clearly that they are not [...]

June 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is pleased by the court’s decision to deny bail against Christopher Panayiotou

Police must refrain from using grenades and live ammunition when dispersing members of the public

It is with great sadness that during the Youth Month in South Africa we hear of a sad event of a student that was shot and seriously injured by police. This shows that as a country, we are still far from being free. The act by the South African Police Service officials have once again taken us aback and reminded the nation of the sad times during the apartheid era when students were shot and [...]

June 9th, 2015|2015 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Police must refrain from using grenades and live ammunition when dispersing members of the public

2015 Budget Vote 33: Tourism – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 33 on tourism.  In this regard, we welcome the efforts and work done by the department and many other role players in ensuring that this country remains a destination of choice for many citizens of world. This is notwithstanding socio economic challenges that the country continue to be confronted which in many instances results to inhuman and barbaric acts by criminal elements [...]

June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Environment, Speeches, Tourism|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 33: Tourism – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Member’s Statement on the critical challenges confronting young women address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

  Honourable Speaker and members As we begin the 39 Anniversary of the Youth month, it is important that we focus on the critical challenges confronting young women. Many young women remain targets for gender based violence. The recent UN, 2010 report, on violence against women in Africa indicates that the scourge of violence against women in Africa is still largely rampant, but hidden beneath cultural practices and beliefs. Amongst other reasons accountable for this [...]

June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Member’s Statement on the critical challenges confronting young women address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

2015 Budget Vote 23: Police address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 23 on POLICE. The incident at the Alexandra police station yesterday is a cause for great concern. Not less than four lives have been lost in a short space of time. More disturbing is that the shooting of a wife, two relatives and a police officer took place at a police station where it is expected that citizen’s safety is guaranteed. Many [...]

June 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Safety and Security, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 23: Police address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Request for intervention: renewable energy sector challenges in the Eastern Cape

Dear Minister Patel, Minister of Economic Development RE: REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE The abovementioned matter has reference. Thank you for the interest you have shown on this matter. This letter highlights some of the challenges faced by renewable energy investors, whose projects are situated in former Homeland areas of the Eastern Cape. I had intended to bring some of these issues to your attention during the Economic Development [...]

June 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Energy, Environment, Home, Open Letters|Comments Off on Request for intervention: renewable energy sector challenges in the Eastern Cape

2015 Budget Vote 17: Social Development – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments. • The creation of a caring society is based on the willingness to provide the tools for achieving an inclusive society. This implies that life chances are partly detached, or de-commodified from social and economic origins and circumstances. • The core of the inclusive society is to create equal opportunities [...]

June 4th, 2015|Home, Social development and welfare, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 17: Social Development – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

UDM sympathises with the Marikana Massacre victims and their families

The decision to take President Jacob Zuma to court by the family members, injured workers of the Marikana massacre and AMCU is the best action to force Zuma to release the findings of the investigation. As the United Democratic Movement, we are in full support of this decision and we hope he will realise the importance of the findings being made public as it is not just a report for the family and the injured [...]

May 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM sympathises with the Marikana Massacre victims and their families

eTolls is just money laundering scheme for greedy individuals

It should be remembered that when Parliament approved guarantees for staging 2010 World Cup, as per Fifa demands. These guarantees were intended among others to improve stadiums, road infrastructure in the host cities. At no stage did parliament or government implied that such an expenditure would be claimed back by the state through schemes such as etolling. What is coming out clearly here is that some comrades became greedy and saw an opportunity to use [...]

May 22nd, 2015|2015 Archive, eTolls, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on eTolls is just money laundering scheme for greedy individuals

2015 Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – address by Mr BH Holomisa MP

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement support budget vote 19 on Defence and Military Veterans. In appreciation of the work of the Defence Force Service Commission, which has been presented to this parliament previously and being privileged to be its member; I would like to appeal to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, to convene a brainstorming session involving the Minister, Commission, Secretary for Defence and the Command element of [...]

May 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Defence, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – address by Mr BH Holomisa MP