Media statements: UDM

/Media statements: UDM

Concern as Eastern Cape Emergency Services down tools

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the current strike of Emergency Medical Services officials in various parts of the Eastern Cape. Even though we understand workers’ grievances over financial issues, our biggest concern is that patients are adversely affected by this strike. The Department of Health has a responsibility to our people and it should swiftly intervene. All stakeholders must act decisively and find a [...]

2017-07-26T10:27:41+00:00 July 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Concern as Eastern Cape Emergency Services down tools

Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely concerned over reports of continued and growing intimidation of anyone who dares to dissent from the ruling party; or maybe just from certain elements within its ranks? This seems to be the go-to response, these days, when any unfortunate soul ventures to point out any wrong-doing in Government. It has been reported that South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) [...]

2017-07-18T11:56:52+00:00 July 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

SACP really going it alone or stage-managed strategy of the alliance?

The United Democratic Movement has noted that the South African Communist Party (SACP) will be contesting the 2019 National and Provincial Elections alone. In order for the SACP to prove that they are serious about this plan, all the party’s Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and Legislatures, as well as Councillors, should immediately resign to prevent access to Government monies and resources to bolster their campaigns. It would not be far-fetched to say this this [...]

2017-07-15T16:32:49+00:00 July 15th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on SACP really going it alone or stage-managed strategy of the alliance?

Opposition parties met in Pretoria to discuss pressing issues

The following parties; ACDP, APC, COPE, DA, EFF, IFP and the UDM met today to discuss a number of burning political issues. 1. Secret Ballot or not? The 22 June Constitutional Court judgment We welcome the Constitutional Court judgement on the Speaker’s discretion to decide whether a vote on a no-confidence motion in the President of the Republic should be secret or not. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, has given the Speaker of the National Assembly [...]

2017-07-14T18:59:05+00:00 July 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on Opposition parties met in Pretoria to discuss pressing issues

Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to Parliament Speaker Honourable Baleka Mbete

Honourable Ms Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Per email: speaker@parliament.gov.za   Dear Madam Speaker YOUR REQUEST FOR INPUT FROM POLITICAL PARTIES ON A SECRET BALLOT ON THE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA This matter has reference. 1.    The context of the Constitutional Court judgement In giving the Constitutional Court’s unanimous judgement, on 22 June 2017, on the matter [...]

2017-07-12T16:54:27+00:00 July 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|Comments Off on Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to Parliament Speaker Honourable Baleka Mbete

No real justice for victims: Punishment for sexual offenders is simply not to tough enough

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) reiterates its call for harsher punishment of those found guilty of abusing and murdering women and children. There also has to be stricter bail conditions, before such criminals are set loose on society. In these regards, the justice system has been failing women and children for years and years. It is said far too often, that criminals have more rights in [...]

2017-07-03T10:04:09+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on No real justice for victims: Punishment for sexual offenders is simply not to tough enough

Having a royal time in South African prisons

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The Department of Correctional Service does not cease to amaze. In February this year, the Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane splurged more than R60 000 of taxpayers’ money treating prisoners at Leeuwkop (Midrand) to a KFC meal. A week ago, Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa caused an uproar when she presented 30 laptops to inmates of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria (with 70 more laptops [...]

2017-06-27T13:31:54+00:00 June 27th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Correctional Services, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Having a royal time in South African prisons

AG’s findings on local government audit remains cause for concern

Regarding the Auditor-general’s latest report on the local government audit, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes that there were only marginal improvements in local government audit results. We are however concerned that 14 municipalities lost their clean audit status, while only 9 cleaned up their acts. It simply means that good governance at local level, and effective municipal management, is moving in the wrong direction. It is heartening that the Auditor-general’s office, as a Chapter 9 [...]

2017-06-23T15:41:12+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Local Government, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on AG’s findings on local government audit remains cause for concern

Serious concern over provision of health services, especially in KwaZulu-Natal

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the dire situation of the shortage of healthcare practitioners especially the medical practitioners and material resources at public or state hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. We have heard too many stories of specialists, general practitioners and nurses who leave public service in search of greener pastures in the private sector and outside the country. What is more disturbing is the [...]

2017-06-23T15:45:18+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Health, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Serious concern over provision of health services, especially in KwaZulu-Natal

Victory for SA! Constitutional Court ruling on secret ballot

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa -  UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has been vindicated with the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the Speaker of the National Assembly could facilitate a secret ballot in a no-confidence motion in President Zuma. We thank our legal team, as well as political parties and civil society organisations who supported us all the way. The risk of Members of Parliament (MPs) being victimised if they don’t vote according the [...]

2017-06-22T11:28:40+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Victory for SA! Constitutional Court ruling on secret ballot

Precautionary measures for initiation must be made a priority

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General It is that time of the year where thousands of boys from many communities across South Africa will be taking the life changing journey to the mountains to become men. This time-honoured rite of passage to manhood should be respected by all stakeholders and it cannot be at the expense of young lives. At this very important time for initiation practising communities, the United Democratic Movement [...]

2017-06-20T12:06:11+00:00 June 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Precautionary measures for initiation must be made a priority

UDM will spend Youth Day with fire ravaged communities #KnysnaFires

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commiserates with the Garden Route communities who have lost so much in the fires that ravaged their lives. In particular, we express our condolences to the families and friends of those who so tragically lost their lives. We commend the work of our firefighters and other rescue services professionals who had to operate in the most unthinkable circumstances. Those who volunteered their time and [...]

2017-06-15T10:12:33+00:00 June 15th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM will spend Youth Day with fire ravaged communities #KnysnaFires

UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane   The United Democratic Movement (UDM) appreciates the commitment made by the City of Tshwane to revitalise and revamp the inner city. We hope that the renovation of old buildings in the central business district is part of this and will be a priority.   This will help to bring [...]

2017-06-09T14:28:03+00:00 June 9th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for plan and timelines of the revitalisation and revamping of inner city of Tshwane

Appointment of “sex- and pals-for-jobs” officials EC Legislature: Aloota Continua big time

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked to learn that two senior managers at the Eastern Cape Legislature, implicated in a sex-for-jobs and jobs-for-pals scandal, have been rewarded with senior posts in another department. Human Resources management head Malibongwe Ngcai and strategic manager Basil Mase are now heading Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. This is a farce and it is saddening that corrupt officials are rewarded for [...]

2017-06-06T13:14:05+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Appointment of “sex- and pals-for-jobs” officials EC Legislature: Aloota Continua big time

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 [...]

2017-05-25T17:32:10+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

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