|Media statements: UDM

Condolences with the passing away of Princess Buthelezi

The United Democratic Movement passes its condolences to Prince Buthelezi, and his family, on the passing of his wife. It certainly is a day where we are sorrowful for a person taken from our midst. We are grateful for her contribution to the struggle and remaining the anchor of her family while Prince Buthelezi was part of the process to overthrow the apartheid regime. May her soul rest in peace. Issued by: Mr Bantu [...]

SA’s education system is ruining learners’ futures

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes with concern the 2018 matric pass rate. The “so-called” improvement of 79.4% in 2018 to 76.5% in 2017 is only a dream. After scrutinising the results, it is crystal clear that something is not adding up. Another concern is that so many pupils have made it to the newspaper and moreover have “obtained bachelors” as per the minister of basic education Angie Motshega. However, they cannot be accepted [...]

2019-01-24T12:35:07+02:00January 24th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on SA’s education system is ruining learners’ futures

UDM’s New Year’s message

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President In 2018 South Africa saw the pressure exerted by opposition parties, over the past three years, culminating in the resignation of a self-serving and negligent president. Our unwavering insistence led to commissions of inquiry being instituted to start rooting out the cancer of institutional corruption in government. Notwithstanding the ruling party’s leadership moving in the right direction, there is an unwillingness to have the perpetrators of corruption [...]

2019-01-09T14:17:04+02:00December 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Interviews, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s New Year’s message

Clifton Beach Incident

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) needs to account for what happened in Clifton beach on Sunday, 23 December 2018, when a paramilitary private security company, Professional Protective Alternatives (PPA) acted unlawfully by asking holiday makers to leave the beach after eight in the evening. Whatever their reasoning, short of an emergency situation, this was a clear contravention of the National Enviromental Management: Integrated Costal Management (ICM) Act 36 of 2014. From media reports and [...]

2018-12-30T11:59:12+02:00December 28th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Clifton Beach Incident

Sexual abuse of children living with disability

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As the world this week marked the international day for persons living with disabilities, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely worried about the continued abuse of children living with disabilities in special schools across the country. The recent revelations, of sexual abuse of children living with disabilities, made by SABC 1 current affairs programme, Cutting Edge, send chills down the spine. The programme showed that child [...]

2018-12-05T11:31:33+02:00December 5th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Sexual abuse of children living with disability

GEPF’s R7,4 billion write-offs are shocking

The United Democratic Movement noted with disbelief, the Government Employees Pension Fund’s (GEPF) write-offs amounting to R7,4 billion for the 2017/2018 financial year. These write-offs are of direct consequence of some of the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) most controversial deals such as investments in Steinhoff/Lancaster 101, as well as with companies controlled by Iqbal Surve. All of which happened under the management of former PIC boss, Dr Dan Matjila. Something is rotten in the state [...]

2018-12-04T11:08:38+02:00December 4th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on GEPF’s R7,4 billion write-offs are shocking

Aids Day 2018: a message to South Africans

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As South Africa and the world mark another Aids Day tomorrow, it is comforting to know that many lives have been saved through access to antiretroviral treatment. It is however heart-wrenching that the number of people infected has escalated from 4,25 million in 2002 to 7,52 million in 2018. In as much as we have seen the decline in AIDS-related deaths between 2007 and 2018 of more [...]

2018-11-30T14:54:36+02:00November 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Aids Day 2018: a message to South Africans

Increase in municipal managers’ salaries immoral

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General It is upsetting that, during a time where the country is battling a high unemployment rate and other negative economic factors, municipal managers and those directly reporting to them will receive pay hikes. The United Democratic Movement condemns this immoral decision in the strongest possible terms. This is a total insult to all South Africans who continue to feel the pinch. We do not see the need for [...]

2018-11-21T13:27:13+02:00November 13th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Increase in municipal managers’ salaries immoral

Bobani’s bank account inspected, says attorney

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted that Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani’s attorneys, Danie Gouws Attorneys, have, after inspecting his bank accounts, found that there is nothing untoward in his personal bank account or that he received any kind of irregular payment/s from Heerkos Projects. The allegations made in the media, in particular The Herald, pertain to the NMB Integrated Public Transport System [...]

2018-11-04T15:37:52+02:00November 4th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Bobani’s bank account inspected, says attorney

Increased fatalities on SA roads not acceptable

The high number of fatalities on our roads over the past few weeks is disturbing. What is of greater concern is that these accidents happened during Transport Month, which amongst others, was looking at curbing road fatalities. Year on year far too many travellers do not reach their destinations and as people gear up for the festive season we hope that this year’s statistics will show a decline in accidents and fatalities. The United [...]

2018-10-30T09:11:14+02:00October 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Transport|Comments Off on Increased fatalities on SA roads not acceptable

UDM KwaZulu-Natal calls for Endumeni municipal manager to resign or to be suspended with immediate effect

After our media statement of 23 October 2018 regarding deeply concerning issues in the Endumeni Municipality in the uMzinyathi District, the United Democratic Movement in KwaZulu Natal were given explosive documents that should make the Endumeni municipal manager’s life very uncomfortable. The documents contain damning proof of the municipal manager 's gross negligence and/or corruption by improperly and irregularly signing a contract worth R 969 000, which he has since tried to nullify by withdrawing [...]

2018-10-25T15:12:20+02:00October 25th, 2018|2018 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM KwaZulu-Natal calls for Endumeni municipal manager to resign or to be suspended with immediate effect

UDM KwaZulu-Natal on deeply concerning issues in the uMzinyathi District

UDM KwaZulu-Natal on deeply concerning issues in the uMzinyathi District 1. Endumeni Municipality The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), has noted the worrisome news that was published by the Independent Newspaper's Daily News on 16 October 2018 re: “Forensic report uncovers rampant corruption at Endumeni Municipality”. After this, it was reported on 22 October 2018 by the Northern Natal Courier that the Endumeni mayor had resigned, with a further report on Tuesday [...]

2018-10-23T14:20:21+02:00October 23rd, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on UDM KwaZulu-Natal on deeply concerning issues in the uMzinyathi District

Good luck class of 2018!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As you stand at the precipice of exams, the United Democratic Movement wishes all the matriculants, who will start writing exams today, the best of luck. It must be a motivation to you that you have persevered with your schooling to have reached this goal. We understand that the pressure is on, and that all eyes are on you, but that should motivate you to study even harder [...]

2018-10-15T11:56:10+02:00October 15th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Good luck class of 2018!

Condolences on the passing of Pik Botha

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President The first time the late Pik Botha and I spoke over the phone was with the removal of George Matanzima and Stella Sigcau from power. I explained that on both occasions there was just cause, because of the corruption they were involved in. He again contacted us when he and FW de Klerk had concerns that the Transkei military government was taking unilateral decisions when we decided to [...]

2018-10-12T10:06:40+02:00October 12th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Condolences on the passing of Pik Botha

VBS: ‘The Great Bank Heist’ – it’s time for action not words

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President President Ramaphosa must immediately appoint a task team to make sure that the people who were fingered by advocate Terry Motau in his report are held responsible for their misdeeds. Each and every person must be brought under the search light, especially those in the employ of the Public Investment Corporation. The PIC seems to be sinking deeper and deeper in the quagmire of corruption. The United [...]

2018-10-10T16:18:05+02:00October 10th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on VBS: ‘The Great Bank Heist’ – it’s time for action not words

The PIC commission should start now that Nene has been fired

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President We welcome President Ramaphosa’s decision to show Nhlanhla Nene the door. We have consistently been calling on the President to act with speed in instituting a commission of inquiry regarding the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). The Gupta scandal makes the exploitation of the PIC look like a Sunday picnic and the President should take immediate action so that the rot may be exposed. We now know why [...]

2018-10-10T11:53:51+02:00October 10th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on The PIC commission should start now that Nene has been fired