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

Speech by President Bantu Holomisa, MP 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 [...]

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|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|Comments Off on Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

DEBATE ON 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|Archives, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on DEBATE ON VOTE 24 – AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

DEBATE ON 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 [...]

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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 [...]

April 24th, 2016|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|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|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|Archives, Higher education, Home, Issues, 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|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|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 [...]

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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|Archives, 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 [...]

February 24th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PC ON PUBLIC WORKS ON EXPROPRIATION BILL

UDM on the reply by the President to the SONA Debate

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa 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 [...]

February 18th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on UDM on the reply by the President to the SONA Debate

SONA Debate contrubution by Lennox Gaehler

ADDRESS BY LB Gaehler EC NCOP MP in the National Parliament Joint Sitting Hon Speaker, President and Honourable Members The drought that has visited our land has affected big, small, formal and informal farming sector, depending on their proximity to a scarce source of water. In this regard, United Democratic Movement suggests that, drought relief interventions, whether at a planning or implementation stage, should deliberately target the small and informal farmers too, as their contribution [...]

February 17th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on SONA Debate contrubution by Lennox Gaehler

Debate on SONA contribution by Bantu Holomisa

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP IN PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA   Hon Speaker, Hon President and Members The South African economic situation demands that we adopt an approach that is all inclusive and pragmatic. One of the credits to our country is our ability to resolve challenges through dialogue. Perhaps in resolving the current economic crisis, we need to borrow from our recent past. CODESA delivered political liberation with more still [...]

February 16th, 2016|2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on SONA contribution by Bantu Holomisa

Address by Bantu Holomisa, MP delivered at UDM 5th National Congress In Bloemfontein

Honoured guests, members, viewers at home, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to stand in front of you today, on behalf of the National Leadership, to report to back to you on our performance over the past five years. Chairperson, You will recall that the UDM was established at a time when the climate was not conducive to the formation of opposition parties in South Africa. As a result, we lost many comrades, such as [...]

Presentation by UDM President at SCSA, Zurich

Presentation by the President of the United Democratic Movement and Member of the South African Parliament, Mr Bantu Holomisa at the SwissCham Southern Africa (SCSA) Chamber of Commerce – Zunfthaus zur Schmiden, Marktgasse, Zurich, 17 November 2015 Programme Director, The Chairman, Mr George Umbricht, Her Excellency the South African Ambassador to Switzerland, Ambassador and Mrs Staehelin Dignified Guests and participants from all corners of society, Ladies and gentlemen   1. Introduction: On South Africa entering [...]

November 17th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|6 Comments