Media statements: UDM

Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

Statement by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly The closing remarks by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. Baleka Mbete during the debate on the Parliamentary budget are shocking and preposterous. Her condonation of the abuse of public money by the Parliamentary officials, who blew R1m on a holiday spree in London, led by the Secretary of Parliament, is a clear demonstration of arrogance and abuse of power. Ms. Mbete has absolved the [...]

2016-10-28T19:48:25+00:00 May 13th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|Comments Off on Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

UDM reacts to Arms Deal Commission Report

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The long awaited report on the allegations of mass corruption in the 1999 arms deal has not surprised anyone. It only adds to the shelves of South Africa, another white-washed report whose objective is nothing less than clearing comrades from Luthuli House. Our memories are still fresh from the damning findings of the Durban High Court, in which evidence carried in the notorious encrypted fax, recording an alleged [...]

2016-10-28T19:35:16+00:00 April 21st, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Defence, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts to Arms Deal Commission Report

Our freedom and democracy on the verge of collapse: What is to be done?

Statement by Mr. BH Holomisa, UDM President   Yesterday, the 5th of April 2016, the ANC members of the National Assembly have once again violated their oath of office and acted in contempt of the Constitutional Court. Led by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, John Jeffery, they argued that there was no order to impeach Mr. Zuma, knowing fully well that the court would not do that. Once again and in abuse [...]

2016-10-28T19:51:44+00:00 April 6th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Our freedom and democracy on the verge of collapse: What is to be done?

UDM reacts to Concourt ruling on Nkandla

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The damning Constitutional Court judgment against President Zuma and the ANC dominated National Assembly are a vindication of a position that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has always held: that the African National Congress (ANC) has given the country a dubious person in the name of a president. Today the Constitutional Court has confirmed that this man is a danger to the constitution and our constitutional democracy. [...]

2016-10-28T20:00:06+00:00 March 31st, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reacts to Concourt ruling on Nkandla

UDM appeals for good behaviour on the roads

As we are all going to the Easter holiday, we know that there are drivers who will put the lives of the innocent commuters at risk. Most accidents are caused by those driving under the influence of alcohol, driving tired, driving at high speed, vehicles that are not roadworthy and/or overloading. As the United Democratic Movement (UDM) we are calling on drivers to obey the rules on the roads, abide with the law and drive [...]

2016-10-28T19:57:17+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Transport|Comments Off on UDM appeals for good behaviour on the roads

UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers

Media Statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP This afternoon the President had an opportunity to take the country into his confidence and either confirm or deny the revelations made by the Deputy Minister of Finance, yesterday. Alas, he chose utter arrogance and maximum denialism in defense of his travelers, the Guptas family and his own. His attitude in dealing with this issues of national importance, confirms that once again, he has neglected the country [...]

2016-10-28T19:59:28+00:00 March 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers

UDM reacts on Gupta’s offering Deputy Minister Jonas a position of Finance Minister

Media statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa MP United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the shocking confirmations made the Deputy Minister of Finance Mr. Mcebisi Jonas this afternoon. His bold decision demonstrate his commitment to his oath of office and confirms that at least within the ruling party there are some who puts South Africa and its citizens first. This behaviour by the Gupta family can only be best described as treason. Unfortunately, they have not [...]

2016-10-28T20:01:21+00:00 March 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts on Gupta’s offering Deputy Minister Jonas a position of Finance Minister

Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and the Mthatha High Court

Statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane (MP) in the National Assembly Responding to the much published potential loss of the public monies, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) member of the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Mr. Mncedisi Filtane, fielded this question to the Department: “What is that the department if doing about a much publicised potential loss surrounding the stalled road construction of the Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and whose contract value [...]

2016-10-28T20:13:23+00:00 March 8th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches, Transport|Comments Off on Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and the Mthatha High Court

UDM condemns service disruptions by ANC in Ingquza Hill Municipality

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the disruption of public services due to internal strife amongst the African National Congress members in the Ingquza Hill Municipality. Most affected areas include ward 21 eMcobothini, ward 20 Hombe, and ward 16 Nkunzimbini. It is reported that this problem started three weeks ago when community members affiliated to the ruling party were not pleased with the Ward Councillors that are deployed in the affected areas. This has led [...]

2016-10-28T20:16:31+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Service delivery|Comments Off on UDM condemns service disruptions by ANC in Ingquza Hill Municipality

SONA Debate: UDM comments on the reply by the President

The United Democratic Movement welcomes the comment made by the President in response to our call for an All-Inclusive National Economic Transformation Indaba. Notwithstanding his fears, we remain convinced that South Africans from all political and socio-economic persuasions are prepared to do everything possible for the growth and development of our economy. As South Africans did with the political transition, decided to embrace each other irrespective of different ideological positions and a painful experience, surely [...]

2016-10-28T20:22:07+00:00 February 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on SONA Debate: UDM comments on the reply by the President

UDM SONA Expectations

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement expects the President to outline: How is the government going to bring concrete and realistic solutions to our economic woes: Instead of the consumptive policies that the current leadership is obsessed with characterised by targeted corrupt consumption like in the case of pension fund in which Nedlac failed to play its role. It would be a bold and positive stance if the President was [...]

2016-10-28T20:34:16+00:00 February 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SONA|Comments Off on UDM SONA Expectations

UDM calls for Commission Of Inquiry on ARV crisis, Free State

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi. UDM Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement (UDM), we are stunned by the dire situation of ARV treatment shortage for HIV positive patients in the Free State province. The problem has led to many patients defaulting on their treatment as they have not received medication since October last year while at some parts of the province the problem began as early as June. We cannot fold our arms and [...]

2016-10-28T20:34:46+00:00 February 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for Commission Of Inquiry on ARV crisis, Free State

UDM welcomes the appointment of new Police Commissioners

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the appointment of the two Commissioners, Lieutenant General Baile Brenda Motswenyane who will be at the helm of the North West Police while Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Elvis Julathe will be in control of the gangster riddled Western Cape Province. We hope that the newly appointed Commissioners will bring a positive change and turn things around in the provinces and in the [...]

2016-10-28T20:35:23+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security|Comments Off on UDM welcomes the appointment of new Police Commissioners

UDM calls for National Pension Fund Forum

Statement issued by UDM President – MP, Bantu Holomisa The furore on the Tax Laws Amendment Act and Tax Administration requires an action by all contributors. This is more urgent given that the Public Investment Corporation Fund is now targeted as the next stop for huge transactions to the ruling party and its big business friends. UDM calls for a National Pension Fund Forum which will amongst others, consider the following: • Monitoring of all [...]

2016-10-28T20:38:27+00:00 January 20th, 2016|2016 Archive, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for National Pension Fund Forum

ANC must refrain from violence

As the United Democratic Movement, we are disappointed by the ANC member, Bongani Mkongi, who holds a high position in the ruling party who took to social media calling upon ANC members for the burning and killing of innocent lives that were inside a block of flats where a ”Zuma Must Fall” banner was hung. This is unacceptable. His comments have shown clearly that the ruling party and its leaders do not care about the [...]

2016-10-28T20:39:37+00:00 January 20th, 2016|2016 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on ANC must refrain from violence

Christmas and New Year’s message from Bantu Holomisa

Fellow South Africans, I herewith extend my heartfelt wishes for a peaceful 2015/2016 festive season. As we bid farewell to this year we are appreciative of our achievements and mindful of the challenges we face. 2015 was a good year for the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the nation. It is a year in which my family and I celebrated my 60th birthday. My extended family and friends celebrated this achievement both in Gauteng and [...]

2016-10-28T20:40:58+00:00 December 24th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Christmas and New Year’s message from Bantu Holomisa