Media statements: UDM

/Media statements: UDM

Incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court 10 September 2014

Motion without notice in the National Assembly on 11 September 2014 by ML Filtane, MP Motion without notice on the incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court yesterday, 10 September 2014 I hereby move, on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) move without notice, that the house; (1) Notes the incident which unfolded at the Mthatha High Court yesterday where two dangerous suspects died on the scene and one official [...]

September 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|Comments Off on Incident which unfolded at the Umtata High Court 10 September 2014

Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane

Motion without Notice in the National Assembly by Ms Majeke, MP Subject: Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement, that the house notes that: Mr Ndabambi Mthenjane an unsung liberation struggle hero passed away on 28 August 2014 at his Soweto home. Mr Mthenjane who turned 100 years on the 28 February 2014, is known for his firebrand activism with unlimited [...]

September 11th, 2014|Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|Comments Off on Tribute to a liberation struggle hero: Ndabambi Mthenjane

Follow-up question: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Follow up questions to the Governance Cluster - Question 107 – Hon Filtane – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minster, the Auditor General’s Report (2012-13) for municipalities shows an increase on the Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure of 31% of which 41% is attributed to EC Municipalities including the KSD Municipality wherein more than R7 m has been reported to have been spent irregularly, unauthorised and fruitlessly. What is the department’s plan to deal with what [...]

September 10th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Questions in Parliament|Comments Off on Follow-up question: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Distasteful Claims that Madonsela is a CIA plant

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The barrage of attacks, both on the person and office, of the Public Protector are becoming more and more creative. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the claims that she is on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) payroll and we find it distasteful. The sounds coming from the peanut gallery are a desperate attempt at discrediting a constitutional body that is doing its job properly. [...]

September 8th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Distasteful Claims that Madonsela is a CIA plant

UDM: Why can’t the Dalai Lama visit South Africa?

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BONGANI MSOMI, UDM SECRETARY GENERAL The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wants to know why the Dalai Lama is, yet again, barred from entering South Africa. Maybe it’s third time lucky? How ironic that a peaceful leader, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, cannot visit South Africa to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, whilst we are proud of those South Africans who have been bestowed the same [...]

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM: Why can’t the Dalai Lama visit South Africa?

UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes it is a travesty that women in the workplace, both in the private and public service, are not safe from sexual harassment, abuse, violence and rape. One of the main reasons why people with much needed skills, such as doctors and nurses, leave for greener pastures is that they are not safe at their places of work. We have [...]

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

UDM: Holomisa reacts to Pansy Tlakula’s resignation

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BANTU HOLOMISA, MP – UDM PRESIDENT The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes that Advocate Pansy Tlakula has resigned as Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). She has at last seen the light, but it is a pity that she was forced to do so at great cost to government and political parties. There are now no more excuses; the Electoral Commission must immediately implement all the findings of the Public [...]

September 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, IEC Lease Agreement Scandal, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM: Holomisa reacts to Pansy Tlakula’s resignation

The end of Women’s Month 2014 | UDEMWO

Issued by Mrs Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General At the end of Women’s Month 2014, we look to the future; the United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried that the National Development Plan is overall gender blind, disregarding women’s gendered practical, and strategic needs and concerns. Considering that this is the development map for South Africa we are dissatisfied with what our future prospects are. In addition, UDEMWO is doubtful that the sideways-move, to bring the Department [...]

August 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on The end of Women’s Month 2014 | UDEMWO

Threat to Julius Malema ’s life: two wrongs do not make a right

Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General Much opinion has been expressed at the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) recent outburst in Parliament; 1) some agree wholeheartedly with the message and the lack of adherence to Parliamentary decorum, 2) some agree with the message, but do not agree with the EFF’s manner in expressing themselves and 3) some cannot stomach the message nor the flare-up. Be that as it may, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) [...]

August 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|1 Comment

SA’s trigger happy police

Media statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General Understandably so police brutality is an emotive issue in a country with our history. However, we never in our wildest dreams thought that, post-1994, we would again see brutal police violence. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the number of incidents of late of egregious police brutality and indiscriminate use of force. The ill-considered “shoot first-ask questions later” rhetoric by senior politicians and police officers [...]

August 27th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security|Comments Off on SA’s trigger happy police

Link between civil disobedience and poor service delivery

Government has blinkers on when it comes to the consequences of poor service delivery, particularly at local government level. Disingenuous representatives of government stand on their soapboxes shouting that they are doing their jobs. Judging by the volcano of protests against poor service delivery that erupts every now and again in all corners of the country, this is patently untrue. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the view that government either willfully downplays incidents [...]

August 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Media statements: UDM, Service delivery|Comments Off on Link between civil disobedience and poor service delivery

Attack of the public protector and her office

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) congratulates the public protector for her sterling work in defence of the constitution - its institutions and the rule of law - against those who are devoted to promote corruption and who blatantly refuse to account to the people. The ruling party’s recent attacks on the office of the public protector and her person are nothing but a desperate attempt to dodge accountability. President Zuma must man-up, stop avoiding questions [...]

August 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|2 Comments

Multi Party Forum on the decision of the Constitutional Court on the matter of the IEC Chairperson

Statement on behalf of the Multi Party Forum on the decision of the Constitutional Court on the matter of the IEC Chairperson We welcome the Constitutional Court decision on the matter of the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission Advocate Pansy Tlakula. This decision vindicates the findings of the Public Protector and two other credible institutions that pronounced on the matter. We take our hats off to the whistle blowers who helped root out this [...]

August 15th, 2014|2014 Archive, IEC Lease Agreement Scandal, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Multi Party Forum on the decision of the Constitutional Court on the matter of the IEC Chairperson

Question for written reply: In respect of mining operations in North West Province and Limpopo Province

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY   Mr HB Holomisa, MP to ask the Minister of Minerals Resources: In respect of mining operations in North West Province and Limpopo Province: 1)    Were any royalties or future considerations preserved in terms of item 11 (1) or 11 (3) of Schedule II, Transitional Arrangements, of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002; 2)    If so, which are the affected a)    mines, b)    traditional communities; and c)    [...]

August 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Question for written reply: In respect of mining operations in North West Province and Limpopo Province

Multi-Party Forum’s comment on appeal lodged by IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP – UDM President and Chairperson of the Multi-Party Forum We confirm that we yesterday received court papers as submitted with the Constitutional Court by the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula. We have filed our answering papers. The political parties that are part of this action will be guided by the Constitutional Court and we hope that the matter will reach conclusion as soon [...]

July 24th, 2014|2014 Archive, IEC Lease Agreement Scandal, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Multi-Party Forum’s comment on appeal lodged by IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula

Condolences with the passing away of Mama Epainette Mbeki

We today say a sad farewell to a daughter of the Transkei; Mama Epainette Mbeki. She was unyielding in her support of her husband, Govan Mbeki, during the struggle years. After Oom Gov was sentenced to life imprisonment, she had to make yet another enormous sacrifice when her children were forced into exile. To say that Mama Epainette was a strong woman is an understatement; she was a rock upon which the apartheid regime broke [...]

June 7th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Condolences with the passing away of Mama Epainette Mbeki