|Media statements: UDM

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

UDM condemns taxi violence in KZN

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the on-going taxi wars that continue to take innocent lives in KwaZulu Natal. The wars have been going on for some time and nothing effective has been done to stop them. Innocent people are being killed. Taxi operators, taxi associations and security agencies must find ways to resolve these problems of routes. The situation is not acceptable. The [...]

2017-05-23T13:37:49+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM condemns taxi violence in KZN

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 [...]

2017-05-16T13:30:57+00:00 May 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

If it was not for the serious implications of the ruling party deployment agency; one might be tempted to laugh at the situation around the reinstatement of Mr Brian Molefe as the Eskom Chief Executive (CE). Exasperated opinions by, or on, Mr Molefe, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne, the ruling party and the Eskom Board falls from the sky like hail stones on a tin roof. According to the ruling party, Mr Molefe’s reinstatement “…is [...]

2017-05-12T17:47:31+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Parastatals, Public Works|Comments Off on ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

Vuwani no-show: A sign of disrepect

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General -  Bongani Msomi It is with sadness that we witness the belittling behaviour of President Jacob Zuma towards the people of this country. His no-show at Vuwani, at the weekend, displays the clear arrogance of his government and his party. There have been widespread service delivery protests but nothing changes. Citizens need to realise that the ruling party does not consider them and that it is time to make [...]

2017-05-12T13:18:35+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Vuwani no-show: A sign of disrepect

Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

Statement issued by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Western Cape High Court ruling in favour of the case brought against Government by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute. This ruling is a good lesson for Government to understand and accept that accountability and transparency are non-negotiable Constitutional dictates. Government must stop trying to sneak such deals without the knowledge of the people. [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:29+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Minerals and Energy|Comments Off on Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

ANC must stop looting state resources

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi Eastern Cape is one of the worst struggling provinces with severe challenges such as poor infrastructure. It is with great sadness that we observe those who are in power abusing resources meant for uplifting the poor. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is however happy to note that action has been taken against those who allegedly stole from the state purse. The recent court appearance of the [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:39+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on ANC must stop looting state resources

UDM condolences with children who died in Bronkhorstspruit accident

Statement by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President We have learnt with some shock and sadness of the twenty learners who were killed in a taxi accident just outside Bronkhorstspruit this afternoon. Incidents like this send chills down the spine. The images in the media, of the severely wrecked vehicles, might suggest that speed was involved. But, it must urgently be established what caused the accident and who is culpable. South Africa can’t afford [...]

2017-04-25T12:38:51+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Road Safety|Comments Off on UDM condolences with children who died in Bronkhorstspruit accident

UDM condemns police killings

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement (UDM) sends condolences to the family and friends of the brutally killed police officers while on duty. As UDM, we note with shock and concern the increasing numbers of officials killed throughout the country. The recent killings bring much alarm and it warrants that something should be done urgently. We cannot carry on as if nothing happened. The attack on police is an [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:58+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security|Comments Off on UDM condemns police killings

Political intolerance : Councillors involved in Johannesburg violence

STATEMENT ISSUED BY UDM JOHANNESBURG COUNCILLOR, MS THANDI NONTENJA The political scene in the Greater Johannesburg City Council leaves much to be desired. The fact that an Integrated Development Plan summit in Midrand was violently disrupted and resulted in the injury of several persons is deplorable. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) takes a dim view of this kind of political intolerance which harks back to a violent past and we condemn it in no uncertain [...]

2017-06-13T15:03:11+00:00 April 19th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Political intolerance : Councillors involved in Johannesburg violence

UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday

Statement by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General As we approach the holiday season, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on drivers to be more vigilant and ensure that travellers reach their destination safe. We must curb the incidents of road rage; drivers and passengers must not be impatient. Pedestrians also must abide by the law and rather use bridges to cross highways. They must also not jay-walk while intoxicated. Let there be no injuries [...]

2017-06-13T15:03:32+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday