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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 [...]

UDM welcomes investigation into billions of rand lost due to negligent health care workers, statement by Bongani Msomi

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked by the exorbitant amount of tax payers’ money that is lost because of the Department of Health’s negligence. Spending R43 billion on lawsuits is ridiculous and it is even more concerning that nothing much is being done to put a stop to the wastage. We cannot be losing money, and especially not such a large amount, due to the carelessness of medical practitioners and health workers. Reports in [...]

2017-05-25T15:50:44+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

UDM condemns taxi violence in KZN

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the on-going taxi wars that continue to take innocent lives in KwaZulu Natal. The wars have been going on for some time and nothing effective has been done to stop them. Innocent people are being killed. Taxi operators, taxi associations and security agencies must find ways to resolve these problems of routes. The situation is not acceptable. The [...]

2017-05-23T13:37:49+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

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 [...]

2017-05-16T13:30:57+00:00 May 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|0 Comments

ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

If it was not for the serious implications of the ruling party deployment agency; one might be tempted to laugh at the situation around the reinstatement of Mr Brian Molefe as the Eskom Chief Executive (CE). Exasperated opinions by, or on, Mr Molefe, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne, the ruling party and the Eskom Board falls from the sky like hail stones on a tin roof. According to the ruling party, Mr Molefe’s reinstatement “…is [...]

Vuwani no-show: A sign of disrepect

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General -  Bongani Msomi It is with sadness that we witness the belittling behaviour of President Jacob Zuma towards the people of this country. His no-show at Vuwani, at the weekend, displays the clear arrogance of his government and his party. There have been widespread service delivery protests but nothing changes. Citizens need to realise that the ruling party does not consider them and that it is time to make [...]

2017-05-12T13:18:35+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

Statement issued by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Western Cape High Court ruling in favour of the case brought against Government by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute. This ruling is a good lesson for Government to understand and accept that accountability and transparency are non-negotiable Constitutional dictates. Government must stop trying to sneak such deals without the knowledge of the people. [...]

ANC must stop looting state resources

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi Eastern Cape is one of the worst struggling provinces with severe challenges such as poor infrastructure. It is with great sadness that we observe those who are in power abusing resources meant for uplifting the poor. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is however happy to note that action has been taken against those who allegedly stole from the state purse. The recent court appearance of the [...]

2017-04-26T09:50:02+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

UDM condolences with children who died in Bronkhorstspruit accident

Statement by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President We have learnt with some shock and sadness of the twenty learners who were killed in a taxi accident just outside Bronkhorstspruit this afternoon. Incidents like this send chills down the spine. The images in the media, of the severely wrecked vehicles, might suggest that speed was involved. But, it must urgently be established what caused the accident and who is culpable. South Africa can’t afford [...]

2017-04-25T12:38:51+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Road Safety|0 Comments

UDM condemns police killings

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement (UDM) sends condolences to the family and friends of the brutally killed police officers while on duty. As UDM, we note with shock and concern the increasing numbers of officials killed throughout the country. The recent killings bring much alarm and it warrants that something should be done urgently. We cannot carry on as if nothing happened. The attack on police is an [...]

Political intolerance : Councillors involved in Johannesburg violence

STATEMENT ISSUED BY UDM JOHANNESBURG COUNCILLOR, MS THANDI NONTENJA The political scene in the Greater Johannesburg City Council leaves much to be desired. The fact that an Integrated Development Plan summit in Midrand was violently disrupted and resulted in the injury of several persons is deplorable. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) takes a dim view of this kind of political intolerance which harks back to a violent past and we condemn it in no uncertain [...]

2017-04-19T11:12:20+00:00 April 19th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Political intolerance : Councillors involved in Johannesburg violence

UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday

Statement by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General As we approach the holiday season, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on drivers to be more vigilant and ensure that travellers reach their destination safe. We must curb the incidents of road rage; drivers and passengers must not be impatient. Pedestrians also must abide by the law and rather use bridges to cross highways. They must also not jay-walk while intoxicated. Let there be no injuries [...]

2017-04-16T15:13:54+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday

UDM condemns ANC Youth League political intolerance

Statement issued by Bongani Mosmi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is stunned and disappointed by the violent behaviour displayed by the ruling party’s youth league, African National Congress Youth League towards anti-Zuma protesters. ANC is supposed to be the custodian of our constitution which guarantees the freedom of association. The attacks and threats are totally unacceptable. We are observing the similar behaviour even to the officials who are ANC members in [...]

2017-04-10T13:01:45+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM condemns ANC Youth League political intolerance

#ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

Joint media statement As leaders, we shall never abandon our responsibility to put South Africa first. Accordingly, the leadership of the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Agang SA, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement have agreed to give expression to this commitment. We want to make every effort to rescue South Africa from this one-man-made quagmire. President Jacob Zuma, [...]

2017-04-10T12:49:04+00:00 April 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

UDM calls for investigation into death of poisoned minors

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to convey a message of condolence to the families of two minors that were killed after an alleged consumption of food poison in the Western Cape meanwhile others are still in a critical condition in hospital. This is tragic and we are calling for a speedy investigation into finding the origins of the food they had ingested and someone [...]

2017-04-06T16:08:29+00:00 April 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for investigation into death of poisoned minors

Negative impact of Zuma’s cabinet shuffle: South Africa hits junk status

President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has caused “radical economic transformation” of a different kind with Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global announcement that South Africa's sovereign credit rating has been downgraded to BB+. We might as well use the term “junk status” to describe our government. Mr Zuma bandies this phrase about, making a sweeping statement, without any clear policy detailing what his radical economic transformation entails. This not only confuses South Africans, but any international would-be [...]

2017-04-03T19:20:27+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on Negative impact of Zuma’s cabinet shuffle: South Africa hits junk status