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#ZumaMustFall: Opposition united behind putting SA first

Opposition Programme of Action This Programme of Action stems from already existing partnerships and other ad hoc co-operation arrangements which exist in the country’s metros and other municipalities, where the Opposition governs for all residents, regardless of their political affiliation. The opposition-led metros serve as important platforms to show what the Opposition can do for the people of South Africa, which present a tangible example of the work that we can do, when we united [...]

2017-04-03T18:58:40+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment, Zumagate|Comments Off on #ZumaMustFall: Opposition united behind putting SA first

April Fool’s joke? Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle

The United Democratic Movement has noted President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle. The appointment of Malusi Gigaba as the new minister of finance is disconcerting, because of his clear association with the Gupta family. President Zuma is strengthening his hold on cabinet with the appointment of Sfiso Buthelezi as Gigaba’s deputy and it won’t be surprising if people start dismissing these two as indunas from the palace whose main objective would be to facilitate the further looting [...]

2017-03-31T01:16:52+00:00 March 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|3 Comments

UDM mourns the loss of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada

The United Democratic Movement is saddened to hear that Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has passed away after his brief illness. Another giant has left this earth. I first met Kathy in 1989, in Mthatha, just after his and his comrades’ release from Robben Island. I was impressed with his quiet fortitude and dignity. He was part of a crop of leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) that we will forever idealise because of their [...]

2017-03-28T07:43:46+00:00 March 28th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|Comments Off on UDM mourns the loss of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada

SASSA Constitutional Court judgement is an indictment of the Zuma Administration

statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes the Constitutional Court’s instruction that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) are under obligation to continue to pay social grants on 1 April until another entity is able to do so. The ANC government has more-or-less blackmailed the Constitutional Court, for if it should have happened that social grants were not paid on time, Government [...]

2017-03-17T14:39:47+00:00 March 17th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|Comments Off on SASSA Constitutional Court judgement is an indictment of the Zuma Administration

SASSA social grants chaos: Zuma and Dlamini must go

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) finds the revelations by today’s Sunday Times as damning of President Jacob Zuma, as it is of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini. The Minister acted on the basis of unsolicited advice from the President’s special- and legal adviser, Mr Michael Hulley, and despite the concerns and protestations of developmental officials and the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa). She undermined and defied the sound legal advice of one of [...]

2017-03-12T13:57:17+00:00 March 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare, Zumagate|Comments Off on SASSA social grants chaos: Zuma and Dlamini must go

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, [...]

2017-03-07T15:46:56+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 [...]

2017-03-07T15:31:00+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 [...]

2017-03-03T11:59:34+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 [...]

2017-03-03T11:54:28+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 [...]

2017-02-21T14:45:48+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

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 [...]

2016-11-23T18:19:12+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

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

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!

UDM shocked by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked and disappointed by the state of affairs within the Gauteng Human Settlements Department, where more than R900 million is being withdrawn by Treasury, after the Department had apparently, amongst other things, failed to and/or unlawfully spent the budget. The withdrawal of the funds, meant for the creation of sustainable and integrated human settlement, clearly shows that the Department is incapable of delivery to our suffering people. Housing is [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:14+00:00 October 14th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Service delivery|Comments Off on UDM shocked by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements

Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court

The United Democratic Movement has noted that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been issued with a formal summons to appear in court in relation to the South African Revenue Services “rogue unit”. While we believe that no-one is above the law, this matter must be handled with the utmost care so that it does not have an adverse effect on the South African economy. We already heard that the rand tanked with 2.93% within minutes [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:28+00:00 October 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court