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#UDM20 – address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President on the occasion of the 20-year Anniversary of the UDM

1. Welcome Ladies and gentlemen, today, we celebrate two decades of principled political struggle. Thank you for sharing your time and participating in this auspicious occasion. I want us to look back at what we have achieved together in the past, but to also look ahead at what we can achieve, together, working towards a united future. We have every reason to be proud about the past and be optimistic about the future - [...]

2017-10-02T11:03:58+00:00 September 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on #UDM20 – address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President on the occasion of the 20-year Anniversary of the UDM

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

Subject for discussion: vote of no confidence in President Zuma – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) in the national assembly of the Republic of South Africa

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Members, Fellow South Africans. Following the success of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), by creating a safety net for all members of parliament, through voting by secret ballot, we have to seize the opportunity to put the people and the country first. In this regard, let us vote against the abuse of power, the infamous bogus intelligence report, and the abuse of the resources of our people. Let us vote against the [...]

2017-08-08T15:06:14+00:00 August 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Subject for discussion: vote of no confidence in President Zuma – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) in the national assembly of the Republic of South Africa

Youth Day Rally, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, address by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

• National and provincial leaders of the UDM, • National and provincial leaders of the UDM, • Regional and local UDM leaders, • UDM Public Representatives, • Members of the United Democratic Movement. 1. National Youth Day 2017 Whilst the 1976-youth made their significant contribution to our democracy, today’s youth feels left out; relegated to economic hardship with no jobs and no prospects. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) therefore appreciates the young South Africans who [...]

2017-06-16T15:31:17+00:00 June 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth Day Rally, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, address by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

Condolences for Mr Ahmed Kathrada, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution to Parliamentary Debate

Honourable Speaker, and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) appreciates the opportunity to honour, Ahmed Kathrada, a tower of strength and a source of inspiration to many generations; even if it could have been done earlier and better. I had the honour to meet Kathy and his fellow Rivonia Trialists in Umtata in 1989. Their presence and words spoken at the welcome-home rally, we organised for them, gave us the courage to continue supporting [...]

2017-06-14T16:24:10+00:00 June 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Condolences for Mr Ahmed Kathrada, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution to Parliamentary Debate

Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins millions of South Africans to declare, violence and abuse of women and girlchildren, a crime against humanity. Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms, as well as gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. The recent spate of gruesome murders of girls and infants, have a devastating effect on girls, women and society in general, and must be rejected [...]

2017-06-14T13:14:32+00:00 May 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members Electricity is a fundamental factor in a wide range of socio-economic matters; it is the lifeblood of an economically and socially active community. Reliable electricity has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life of the poor, in particular, those in rural areas. We need to make it a priority to promote and incorporate all viable options for electricity generation. We must aim to ensure that every household has [...]

2017-06-13T16:24:59+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Minerals and Energy, Service delivery, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson and Members The Presiding Officers of this 5th Democratic Parliament, in the foreword of the Strategic Plan 2014-19, said, “Parliament exist to represent people and to ensure their involvement in government processes”. In this regard, and in the context of celebrating its twenty years of existence, we would recommend that this house, deliberately creates more mechanisms for citizens to have access to all the laws made by Parliament. We must move towards a [...]

2017-06-13T14:43:02+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Parliamentary oversight, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

Debate on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – Bantu Holomisa in National Assembly

Honourable Chairperson and Members The United Democratic Movement supports Budget 19. As we celebrate Africa Day, we are reminded of the important role played by our soldiers in keeping peace on our continent. I am certain, that their contribution will one day make Africa a continent for all its people and the world-over. In the context of my responsibility in the Defence Force Service Commission, I invite the Minister and the Joint Standing Committee on [...]

2017-06-13T15:00:49+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – Bantu Holomisa in National Assembly

March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot

JOINT STATEMENT BY POLITICAL PARTIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot (Issued on 12 May 2017 at the Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg) It is clear to all patriotic citizens that our country, South Africa, is experiencing the worst crisis of leadership since 1994. Our nation has reached a point where the conscience of every Member of Parliament (MP) matters in deciding whether a rogue President is removed from office or not. [...]

2017-05-12T12:37:06+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Speeches|Comments Off on March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot

Freedom Day 2017, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at a Multi-Stakeholder Rally

Colleagues in civil society and political parties My fellow South Africans 1. Thank you to the organisers We thank today’s organisers for hosting all of us at this historic celebration of Freedom Day. It can be argued that civil society was at the centre of the campaign that brought Apartheid to its knees. We have not forgotten the work of, amongst others, Bishop Tutu and the various faith based organisations, the labour movements and the [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:21+00:00 April 27th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Freedom Day 2017, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at a Multi-Stakeholder Rally

“Leading in the South African context” Bantu Holomisa’s presentation at the Spar Gala Dinner in Durban

1. What is leadership? If we accept that leadership is a process of social influence which maximises efforts of others towards achievement of a goal, what does it mean in the South African context?   2. What is the South African “goal” Surely it is to give expression to South Africa’s Constitution; specifically, the Bill of Rights. The Country’s basic vision, as detailed in the Constitution, includes our various personal freedoms, property and labour rights, [...]

2017-06-13T15:02:49+00:00 April 25th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on “Leading in the South African context” Bantu Holomisa’s presentation at the Spar Gala Dinner in Durban

#ZumaMustFall: National Day of Action, UDM President Mr BH Holomisa, MP addresses the masses

• My colleagues in other political parties, • Leaders of civil society organisations, • Fellow South Africans from all walks of life! 1. Welcome: • On behalf of the organisers, I welcome each one of you who have made the effort to be here today. • Your presence, as well the wishes of many other freedom-loving South Africans who could not be present, is a testimony that this cause is just. • We should be [...]

2017-06-13T15:03:44+00:00 April 12th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on #ZumaMustFall: National Day of Action, UDM President Mr BH Holomisa, MP addresses the masses

Understanding the UDM, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program

• Programme Director, • Future Leaders, • Ladies and Gentlemen. 1. Introduction Before I launch into the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) vision and policy on certain issues, I want to sketch a bit of background of how we started, since that informs much of our policy and work. Almost twenty years ago, after I was unceremoniously expelled from the African National Congress (ANC), I started a consultation process with South Africans on the need for [...]

2017-06-13T15:04:58+00:00 April 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Understanding the UDM, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program

Human Rights Day 2017 debate

Address by Mr LB Gaehler, UDM Member of Parliament in the National Council of Provinces: Eastern Cape Honourable Chairperson, and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) acknowledges that we, as a Country, have come far in terms of ensuring that all South Africans enjoy equal human rights. For that we are thankful. However, in its January world-report, Human Rights Watch said that South Africa “continued to face a number of human rights challenges” and [...]

2017-06-13T15:06:39+00:00 March 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Human rights, Speeches|Comments Off on Human Rights Day 2017 debate

SA Social Agency’s grant payment crisis and the steps taken to deal with the matter

Honourable Speaker, and Honourable Members South Africans and, in particular, the poorest of the poor (whose livelihood by right) depend on social grants, must now place their hopes on the Constitutional Court to defend their rights and restore their dignity. The Constitutional Court must force our embarrassed government to pay the beneficiaries and to do so on time. Under normal circumstances, this matter should have been occasioned by an investigation of a judicial commission of [...]

2017-06-13T15:06:55+00:00 March 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Social development and welfare, Speeches|Comments Off on SA Social Agency’s grant payment crisis and the steps taken to deal with the matter