|Media statements: UDM

Police brutality is still a reality in S.A

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the police brutality displayed at a service delivery protest in Hout Bay in the Western Cape, where a fourteen-year-old boy was allegedly shot in the mouth by security forces. We are appalled that the young boy was not only shot at once, but several times! It means the officer/s had intended to do grievous bodily [...]

2017-09-14T14:21:45+00:00 September 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Safety and Security|Comments Off on Police brutality is still a reality in S.A

Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to DA leader Mr Mmusi Maimane

Mr Mmusi Maimane Democratic Alliance Federal Leader   Dear Mr Maimane NELSON MANDELA BAY COALITION: UDM REACTION TO DA’S USE OF PwC “DRAFT REPORT” TO BESMIRCH OUR CLLR BOBANI AND THE UDM: APOLOGY REQUIRED FROM YOU AND YOUR PARTY I refer to the “draft report” which had been prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in terms of which the Democratic Alliance (DA) had masterminded a dubious campaign to remove from office the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Deputy [...]

2017-09-13T13:16:41+00:00 September 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|Comments Off on Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to DA leader Mr Mmusi Maimane

UDM reacts on South Africa exiting recession with 2.5% of GDP Growth

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR NQABAYOMZI KWANKWA – UDM DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND CHIEF WHIP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the good news of South Africa’s exit from the recession. The poorest of the poor need a better performing economy to take them out of poverty, unemployment and inequality. We hope, corruption which compounds these triple challenges, will also be defeated and buried with urgency, so that this improved economic performance benefits the people; not the [...]

2017-09-05T14:13:18+00:00 September 5th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts on South Africa exiting recession with 2.5% of GDP Growth

UDM reaction on the alleged cracking down on political opponents in Lesotho

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa – UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed by the reports of alleged political intolerance in Lesotho. In this regard, we call on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), through its facilitator, the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene with speed, and ensure political stability. We must do everything possible, and within our powers, to avert political instability that may result to loss [...]

2017-09-04T11:42:03+00:00 September 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reaction on the alleged cracking down on political opponents in Lesotho

Arbor Day

Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the Upper Ngqungqu Junior Secondary School in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape on 1 September 2017 Programme Director, Principal, teachers, parents and learners Ladies and Gentlemen I am humbled and yet extremely delighted to be re-joined with a place where my educational journey began. I am happy to be back here, wearing no uniform, carrying no slate and with no prospect of a corporal punishment administered to me [...]

2017-09-01T12:19:24+00:00 September 1st, 2017|2017 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Environment, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|Comments Off on Arbor Day

UDM rejects DA’s dirty tricks campaign

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP Since the outrageous DA orchestrated ousting of Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan coalition government, such senior DA leaders as Mmusi Maimane, James Selfe, and Athol Trollip have relentlessly attacked the UDM, its loyal coalition partner until the DA breached the relationship. I trust that the High Court will separate fact from fiction and that the honourable court will see through the [...]

2017-08-31T10:08:03+00:00 August 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM rejects DA’s dirty tricks campaign

UDM is concerned about fatalies in the mines

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary   The United Democratic Movement (UDM) conveys a message of condolences to the families of the mineworkers who tragically lost lives at Kusasalethu Mine, Carltonville. We pray that those still trapped underground will be brought to surface. The families are not alone in this sad time. This incident is a reminder of unsafe environment mineworkers are working under.  The latest tragedy is yet another incident that gives [...]

2017-10-02T14:34:19+00:00 August 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Minerals and Energy, SA Mining Industry|Comments Off on UDM is concerned about fatalies in the mines

UDM reaction to the DA’s proposed motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) does not support the Democratic Alliance (DA) sponsored motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly. We respect the DA’s right to propose motions like any other political party represented in the National Assembly. Of immediate importance to the UDM, is the state of readiness of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. The IEC reportedly needs R300 million, as well as access to municipalities’ [...]

2017-08-10T11:25:40+00:00 August 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reaction to the DA’s proposed motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly

UDM reaction to outcome of MONC in Mr Zuma

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) accepts the result of today’s vote on the motion of no-confidence in Mr Zuma. We are however perturbed by the choice of the African National Congress (ANC) Members of the National Assembly who sided with an irreparably corrupt President. The people of South Africa have been shown the middle-finger for the eight time. We however welcome and are happy with the almost thirty ANC Members who voted against thievery and [...]

2017-08-08T19:25:02+00:00 August 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reaction to outcome of MONC in Mr Zuma

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