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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 [...]

2017-05-25T15:39:25+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|0 Comments

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. [...]

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 [...]

2017-04-27T11:05:49+00:00 April 27th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|0 Comments

“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, [...]

2017-04-25T18:40:34+00:00 April 25th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches, Zumagate|0 Comments

#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 [...]

2017-04-12T13:33:08+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 [...]

2017-04-06T12:38:18+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 [...]

2017-03-16T17:02:42+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 [...]

2017-03-15T16:20:02+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

The UDM on the recent increase in farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa Honourable Speaker and Honourable members I wish to preface my contribution to this debate by saying that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is keenly aware of the plight of farmers who have fallen victim to what we generally call “farm attacks”. The UDM, without reservation, condemns these acts of violence and murder, and lawlessness that has the daily characteristics of [...]

2017-03-14T14:56:10+00:00 March 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Farm Attacks and Rural Crime, Home, Rural Development and Land Reform, Speeches|Comments Off on The UDM on the recent increase in farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa

Consideration of 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and Report of Standing Committee on Finance – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Honourable Speaker and Honourable members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and the Report of the Standing Committee on Finance. We appreciate that the Minister, as always, tried his best, notwithstanding the difficult circumstances occasioned by the bold call from the President for a budget that responds to the Radical Socio-Economic Transformation path as adopted by government. This was a very difficult expectation given the hard fact of [...]

2017-03-09T16:32:30+00:00 March 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Consideration of 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and Report of Standing Committee on Finance – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Socio-political impact on Governance, Risk and Compliance Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the ITWeb Governance, Risk and Compliance 2017

• Programme Director, • Colleagues, • Ladies and Gentlemen 1. Introduction When discussing Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC ) we must consider socio-political issues. It might be an obvious thing to state, but whether we like it or not social attitudes and political policy decisions, are the frames within which we must work to assure that our organisations (public or private) meet their objectives. GRC as a discipline takes a dry, unemotional look at how [...]

2017-03-03T11:46:14+00:00 February 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Socio-political impact on Governance, Risk and Compliance Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the ITWeb Governance, Risk and Compliance 2017

Bantu Holomisa addresses the UDM Regional Council in Port Elizabeth

• National and Provincial leaders of the UDM, • Regional and Local UDM leaders, • UDM Public Representatives • Members of the United Democratic Movement 1. Ascendancy Profile - organisational programme for 2017 The National Council of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), held on the 3rd of December 2016, took the time to discuss the challenges we would face in the wake of the August 2016 Municipal Elections and to map the way forward towards [...]

2017-03-09T16:33:34+00:00 February 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa addresses the UDM Regional Council in Port Elizabeth

Address by Lennox Gaehler in Parliament: UDM reply on the State of the Nation Address(SONA) 2017

Honourable Speaker, Honourable President and Members The task of creating a developmental state where the primary mandate is to build an inclusive economy by fundamentally changing the status quo in favour of the poor majority, who find themselves in the rural hinterland, is now more urgent than ever before. Further and any unnecessary delay will have grave consequences for our hard-won freedom and the governability of state. In this regard, South Africa must indeed review [...]

2017-02-21T14:12:07+00:00 February 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on Address by Lennox Gaehler in Parliament: UDM reply on the State of the Nation Address(SONA) 2017

Address by Bantu Holomisa in Parliament: debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017

Honourable Speaker, Honourable President and Members   As we enter the 23rd year of our democracy, we see a rise in the levels of anxiety and anger among citizens, with anarchy knocking at our door. Notwithstanding these trends, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) acknowledges the great strides South Africa has made since 1994.   The most disturbing reality is that we see an increase in the politics of patronage, uncontrollable corruption, the collapse of government [...]

2017-02-21T14:02:43+00:00 February 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on Address by Bantu Holomisa in Parliament: debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017

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 [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:10+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Motion of no confidence in the President in terms of section 102 (2) of the Constitution of South Africa

Address by Bantu Holomisa at the March Against State Capture

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 [...]

2017-03-15T17:27:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on Address by Bantu Holomisa at the March Against State Capture