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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)

Payment of social grants to beneficiaries – statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP – UDM National Deputy Chairperson

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s commitment in regards to the payment of social grants on the 1st of April 2017. However, South Africans must not be blinded. This is a self-created crisis by the most uncaring and reckless administration we have had since the dawn of democracy. After the appearance by the Minister of Social Development in front of the Scopa Parliamentary Committee on Tuesday the 7th of March 2017, UDM [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:16+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|Comments Off on Payment of social grants to beneficiaries – statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP – UDM National Deputy Chairperson

UDM calls for effective rescue on the mine accident in Boksburg – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the horrible accident of the 5-year-old boy who fell into a mine shaft while playing with friends in Boksburg last Saturday. The UDM calls for effective rescue assistance in making sure that the boy is brought back. We cannot allow a similar incident to that of Lilly Mine be repeated where mine workers were never recovered with authorities implying instability of the ground. A lot more effort [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:30+00:00 March 1st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SA Mining Industry|Comments Off on UDM calls for effective rescue on the mine accident in Boksburg – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

UDM condemns attacks on foreign nationals – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns in strongest terms the violent march that is currently taking place in Pretoria and surroundings. The march that was allegedly aimed at highlighting the high level of crimes engulfing our country and it is believed that these crimes are perpetrated by foreign nationals who are in the country illegally. As an Organisation, we understand where our people are coming from. There is no employment, human trafficking and prostitution are [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:22+00:00 February 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM condemns attacks on foreign nationals – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

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

Address by Lennox Gaehler in Parliament: UDM reply on the State of the Nation Address(SONA) 2017

Honourable Speaker, Honourable President and Members The task of creating a developmental state where the primary mandate is to build an inclusive economy by fundamentally changing the status quo in favour of the poor majority, who find themselves in the rural hinterland, is now more urgent than ever before. Further and any unnecessary delay will have grave consequences for our hard-won freedom and the governability of state. In this regard, South Africa must indeed review [...]

2017-06-13T15:12:34+00:00 February 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on Address by Lennox Gaehler in Parliament: UDM reply on the State of the Nation Address(SONA) 2017

Address by Bantu Holomisa in Parliament: debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017

Honourable Speaker, Honourable President and Members   As we enter the 23rd year of our democracy, we see a rise in the levels of anxiety and anger among citizens, with anarchy knocking at our door. Notwithstanding these trends, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) acknowledges the great strides South Africa has made since 1994.   The most disturbing reality is that we see an increase in the politics of patronage, uncontrollable corruption, the collapse of government [...]

2017-06-13T15:12:46+00:00 February 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on Address by Bantu Holomisa in Parliament: debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017

UDEMWO calls on men to campaign against women abuse

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The country is marking another 16 days of abuse against women and children but the battle is far from being over. As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we feel that nothing much has been done to successfully combat the problem. If women are still petrified in their own homes and communities, it shows clearly that there is something wrong with our society. Every day there [...]

2017-03-09T16:13:57+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls on men to campaign against women abuse

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

Address by Bantu Holomisa at the March Against State Capture

Fellow South Africans We are here today to talk about the challenges we face as a Nation and we wish to send a strong message to Government. Our Nation finds itself on the slippery slope of corruption, lawlessness, anarchy and dissatisfaction. We must capture the lost ground of the past 22 years. We are frustrated. We are tired. We are hungry. We don’t have houses. We don’t have jobs. Election promises that were made, such [...]

2017-03-15T17:27:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on Address by Bantu Holomisa at the March Against State Capture

Road map: towards the South African National Convention: A UDM perspective

This document is a suggestion of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) to find a way towards the hosting of a National Convention, as agreed upon in the Co-governance Agreement for Local Government between the several political partners. INTRODUCTION The participating political parties have agreed on four main challenges confronting South Africa i.e. poverty, unemployment, inequality and corruption, which requires that the nation unites around a strategic and fundamental interventionist programme of action. Our constitutional democracy [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:23+00:00 November 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Opinion Pieces, SONA|Comments Off on Road map: towards the South African National Convention: A UDM perspective

Bridging the gap: advancing civil military relations to deepen democracy

Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the Civil Military Relations Conference 2016, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria on 27 and 28 October 2016 ·         Programme Director, ·         Chairperson of the Defence Force Service Commission, Professor Van Harte, ·         Colleagues, ·         Ladies and Gentlemen 1.         Introduction Allow me to join the Chairperson of the Defence Force Service Commission in thanking the sponsors who made this event possible. As I was seated here yesterday, I [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:29+00:00 October 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Bridging the gap: advancing civil military relations to deepen democracy

Councils disruptions: UDM condemns ANC barbaric acts

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns in the strongest terms, the ANC's barbaric acts in councils designed to introduce administration by the African National Congress government. This destabilization Programme is clear - ANC just cannot accept the recent elections results. So ungovernability - is their motto. ANC’s programme is clear if one were to consider that the destabilisation happened in three Metros that the ruling party lost during the local government elections that is; Greater [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:37+00:00 October 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Councils disruptions: UDM condemns ANC barbaric acts

#FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

Honourable Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Madam Speaker #FeesMustFall: REQUEST FOR URGENT DEPLOYMENT OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO INTERVENE AND ASSIST IN FINDING SOLUTIONS A precedent was created last year, during the terrible xenophobic attacks where we, as the Parliament of the People, were dispatched to calm the situation and try to find solutions to the problems we faced as a nation. Whilst the United [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:50+00:00 October 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on #FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

ANC must take action: Zuma must go!

We have been watching one after the other Zuma-scandal hitting South Africa. The United Democratic Movement believes that the proximity of the Zuma and Gupta families is creating uncertainty - with even cabinet ministers not singing from the same hymnbook. It is clear that Mr Zuma is no longer in control and the nation is on autopilot. The African National Congress must wake up and ask Mr Zuma to step down; or they must recall [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:07+00:00 October 16th, 2016|2016 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on ANC must take action: Zuma must go!