Media statements: UDM

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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

Media Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General 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 [...]

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

Looming labour problems in entire mining industry

The protracted labour unrest at Marikana is probably a taste of what is soon to hit the entire mining industry. Mining houses in other sectors must prepare for the likelihood that their employees will soon follow suit and go on strikes - or even wild cat strikes - especially if Lonmin and Amcu find resolution on the remuneration of Lonmin’s workforce in the platinum sector. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the view that [...]

May 15th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, SA Mining Industry|Comments Off on Looming labour problems in entire mining industry

Workers’ Day 2014

Workers’ Day is a celebration of labour and the working classes. In this regard, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) recognises the right of employers and employees to organise themselves to campaign and lobby the aspirations of their members. Given our history it is clear that labour organisations have a role to play in society and are a strong voice of social conscience. After all, this country must never return to a situation where our people [...]

May 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Workers’ Day 2014

Holomisa pays tribute to a friend and comrade on the 21st anniversary of Chris Hani’s assassination

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) pays tribute to a friend and comrade, the late Chris Hani, on the 21st anniversary of his assassination. The unwarranted murder of Chris Hani robbed South Africa one of its most charismatic and principled sons thus drastically changing the course this country would have taken. Hani's unshakable belief in the eradication of poverty, prosperous and corruption free South Africa, amongst many other noble ideas, would have undoubtedly steered this country firmly [...]

April 9th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Holomisa pays tribute to a friend and comrade on the 21st anniversary of Chris Hani’s assassination

ANC imbedded within IEC

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, has brought the Electoral Commission into disrepute in terms of Chapter 2, Paragraph 9 (c) of the Electoral Commission’s act (51 of 1996) which states that: “ (9) No members of the commission: (c) may, by his or her membership, association, statement, conduct or in any other manner place in jeopardy his or her perceived independence, or in any other manner harm the credibility, impartiality, independence [...]

April 8th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on ANC imbedded within IEC

Nkandla: President Zuma sidesteps the issue

The United Democratic Movement is disappointed, but not surprised, that President Zuma has once again side-stepped the issue of Nkandla in a desperate attempt to kick for touch. His response, as articulated by his spokesperson Mr Mac Maharaj, is inadequate and almost contemptuous of the Public Protector’s office. It is an indication of how little respect they have for the Public Protector as an institution that derives its power and legitimacy from our constitution. The [...]

April 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Nkandlagate|Comments Off on Nkandla: President Zuma sidesteps the issue

UDM outrage at R10m tender scam in Buffalo City and asks the Public Protector to investigate

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is outraged at the blatant attempt by the Buffalo City Municipality to sweep under the carpet the R10 million housing scandal implicating a senior African National Congress (ANC) official. Also, it was widely reported that Koko Godlo, whose company was awarded the tender, was appointed by the ANC to head its elections campaign for 2014. The link to the ruling party is clear. It is no wonder that he was [...]

April 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM outrage at R10m tender scam in Buffalo City and asks the Public Protector to investigate

Resolutions of meeting of the Multi-Party Forum at the Burgers Park Hotel, Pretoria

The following political parties, ACDP, AgangSA, Azapo, Cope, DA, EFF, FF+, IFP, UCDP and UDM met today to discuss various issues regarding their concerns around the practical processes of Elections 2014, the findings around the lease agreement of the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) head office, manipulation of the public broad caster, as well as the Nkandla Scandal. PRACTICAL MATTERS REGARDING ELECTIONS 2014 Some of the practical matters that were discussed are: 1. Numbering and security [...]

April 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Resolutions of meeting of the Multi-Party Forum at the Burgers Park Hotel, Pretoria

President Zuma response to the Public Protector’s report further confirms his ethical clumsiness

President Jacob Zuma's latest outburst, in response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings on Nkandla, is yet another demonstration that he is not a moral agent and unfit to lead South Africa. Firstly, Mr Zuma - as the chief executive of the country - ought to have known everything that related to government spending at his private residence. Particularly given the amount of public money involved. His continued posture, playing ignorant, does not only expose [...]

March 31st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on President Zuma response to the Public Protector’s report further confirms his ethical clumsiness

UDEMWO welcomes Kutumela sentence, but is it enough?

The United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased to hear that Thato Kutumela has been sentenced to ten years for rape and 20 years for the murder of his 18-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend. We are however disappointed that Kutumela's sentences will run concurrently and hope that he will never be paroled. Our courts should mete out harsh sentences on the perpetrators of abuse and violence against women and children. UDEMWO believes that a zero-tolerance system should be employed [...]

March 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes Kutumela sentence, but is it enough?