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Motion of no confidence in the President in terms of section 102 (2) of the Constitution of South Africa

Address by Bantu Holomisa, MP   Madam Speaker, Deputy President and hon members Two weeks ago, the president misled the nation, during the NCOP question session when he claimed that he was never given an opportunity to present his side of the story to the Public Protector. We now know with evidence in our hands that this is contrary to the facts as they are also confirmed by the audio version of the report. In [...]

November 10th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|0 Comments

Address by Bantu Holomisa at the March Against State Capture, St Alban’s Cathedral, Pretoria

Fellow South Africans We are here today to talk about the challenges we face as a Nation and we wish to send a strong message to Government. Our Nation finds itself on the slippery slope of corruption, lawlessness, anarchy and dissatisfaction. We must capture the lost ground of the past 22 years. We are frustrated. We are tired. We are hungry. We don’t have houses. We don’t have jobs. Election promises that were made, such [...]

November 2nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|0 Comments

Bridging the gap: advancing civil military relations to deepen democracy

Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the Civil Military Relations Conference 2016, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria on 27 and 28 October 2016 ·         Programme Director, ·         Chairperson of the Defence Force Service Commission, Professor Van Harte, ·         Colleagues, ·         Ladies and Gentlemen 1.         Introduction Allow me to join the Chairperson of the Defence Force Service Commission in thanking the sponsors who made this event possible. As I was seated here yesterday, I [...]

October 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|0 Comments

#FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

Honourable Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Madam Speaker #FeesMustFall: REQUEST FOR URGENT DEPLOYMENT OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO INTERVENE AND ASSIST IN FINDING SOLUTIONS A precedent was created last year, during the terrible xenophobic attacks where we, as the Parliament of the People, were dispatched to calm the situation and try to find solutions to the problems we faced as a nation. Whilst the United [...]

October 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on #FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

Bantu Holomisa’s remarks to the Cape Town Press Club: President Zuma

Greetings: Chairperson, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you very much for sharing this platform with me today. The electioneering season has begun and all of us are on the streets, to once again connect with the electorate. Chairperson, the United Democratic Movement in its 5th National Congress held in December 2015, amongst others; declared corruption as a national threat to sustainable development of the country and its citizens as it directly affects good governance and economic [...]

May 19th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s remarks to the Cape Town Press Club: President Zuma

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 [...]

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

Debate on Budget Vote 24 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP  in Parliament   Honourable Speaker and members   The United Democratic Movement (UDM), supports the budget vote with the following comments. Although the Department manages 64 000 hectors of category B and C of plantations, there is no budget for the revitalisation of these plantations through which process, jobs could have been created. In the meantime there is a huge national demand for sawlog timber. South Africa could soon [...]

April 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 24 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Debate on Budget Vote 11 – Public Works

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members The United Democratic Movement (UDM), support the budget vote with the following important comments. The most common problems with this programme are: ·       Insufficient support by the department with no collaterals from any other source, including the beneficiaries themselves. This makes the beneficiaries to be almost totally dependent on the department; a rather too heavy a burden to bear. ·       Lack of Project [...]

April 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Public Works, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 11 – Public Works

Bantu Holomisa speech at UDM Gauteng Manifesto Launch: Municipal Elections 2016

Chairperson, NEC Members of the UDM Members and Supporters of the United Democratic Movement Gauteng Citizens WELCOME Welcome one and all, and thank you for making the effort to come and listen to the vision which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has for people of Gauteng. In just over three months’ time, you will have an opportunity to have your say in which party should govern your municipalities. Through the ballot box, on the 3rd [...]

April 24th, 2016|2016 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa speech at UDM Gauteng Manifesto Launch: Municipal Elections 2016

Message from UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the launch UDM Gauteng Manifesto for 2016 Municipal Elections

Chairperson, NEC Members of the UDM Members and Supporters of the United Democratic Movement Gauteng Citizens WELCOME Welcome one and all, and thank you for making the effort to come and listen to the vision which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has for people of Gauteng. In just over three months’ time, you will have an opportunity to have your say in which party should govern your municipalities. Through the ballot box, on the 3rd [...]

April 24th, 2016|2016 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Message from UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the launch UDM Gauteng Manifesto for 2016 Municipal Elections

Debate on the Removal of President in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly   Fellow South Africans   The fact is, the Constitutional Court has found Mr Zuma and the National Assembly to have failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution. Today South Africa finds itself with two organs of state that have lost the moral authority to be representatives of the people of South Africa. Mr Zuma’s unlawful actions, have sunk the Executive, the National Assembly, [...]

April 5th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Debate on the Removal of President in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution

Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

Address by Mr UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Madame Speaker and Honourable Members, The racial strife the #AfrikaansMustFall campaign has caused and other critical issues raised by the #FeesMustFall Movement should rouse us from our deep Rainbow Nation slumber! It is clear that the majority citizens clench pent up frustrations about an economic system that marginalises them and their languages more than two decades since we attained freedom. Kenyan Author, [...]

March 9th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

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 [...]

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

Motion of No Confidence in the President

Address by Mr BH Holomisa MP in Parliament   Hon Speaker and Hon Members The South African electoral system does not enable the electorate to directly elect a President of the country. Contrary, South Africans vote for a political party which in turn appoints a President. It is therefore a duty of the ruling party to ensure that its candidate serves the nation with distinction and in accordance with the oath of office as prescribed in [...]

March 2nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Motion of No Confidence in the President

The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members Although agricultural sector’s relative contribution to the gross domestic product of the country is small and still declining, it nevertheless plays an important role in the creation of wealth and safety nets in South Africa, specifically in the rural areas. Drought has severely affected the country’s agricultural productivity capacity and thus affecting negatively our Gross Domestic Product. It affects both crop and livestock [...]

February 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

Consideration of report of PC on Public Works on Expropriation Bill – Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament

Honourable Speaker and members Chapter 2, section 9 and subsection 3 of the Constitution provides, “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race…”. Most relevant to the debate this afternoon is section 25 of the constitution. Subsection 7 provides, “A person or community dispossessed of property after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices is entitled, to the extent [...]

February 24th, 2016|Home, Public Works, Speeches|Comments Off on Consideration of report of PC on Public Works on Expropriation Bill – Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament