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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|0 Comments

UDM mourns the loss of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada

The United Democratic Movement is saddened to hear that Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has passed away after his brief illness. Another giant has left this earth. I first met Kathy in 1989, in Mthatha, just after his and his comrades’ release from Robben Island. I was impressed with his quiet fortitude and dignity. He was part of a crop of leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) that we will forever idealise because of their [...]

2017-06-13T15:06:20+00:00 March 28th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|Comments Off on UDM mourns the loss of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada

Condolence with the passing away of Dumisani (Mazola) Mafu

Receiving news of the untimely departure of Dumisani Mazola Mafu is with immense distress and profound sadness. His passing away robs us of one of the greatest sons of our people, a former Commander of Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) in particular in the then Transkei Region, a leader and a friend to many. Mazola is the former MK soldier and commander, and he was a link between the then Transkei Defence Force and MK in Lusaka. [...]

2016-10-28T18:56:47+00:00 July 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|Comments Off on Condolence with the passing away of Dumisani (Mazola) Mafu

Condolence Motion: Ms Ruth Mompati, former MP – addresss by Ms CN Majeke, MP

Honourable Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) extends its heartfelt condolence to the family, the ANC and friends of the late member of the National Assembly Ms Ruth Mompati. A heroin with a good sense of humour and respect of mankind, a towering icon who was exemplary to our nation has fallen. Mme Mompati was blessed with resilience beyond measure. She was obedient to her calling and dared even her oppressors to embrace love. [...]

2016-10-28T21:52:03+00:00 May 20th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Condolence Motion: Ms Ruth Mompati, former MP – addresss by Ms CN Majeke, MP

Tribute to the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi

by Major General (Ret) Bantu Holomisa, MP, Deputy Chairperson National Defence Force Service Commission We mourn the loss of the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi; a former commander of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) - an outstanding man and a disciplined soldier. As an MK Commander, General Moloi worked closely with then Transkei Defence Force (TDF) officers and as a result he was assigned “Comrade A” as his code and nickname. We worked with General [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:22+00:00 December 31st, 2013|2013 Archive, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Tribute to the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi

Tribute to the late former President Nelson Mandela

delivered on behalf of the UDM in the Joint Sitting of Parliament on 9 December 2013 by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Mister Speaker, Deputy President, Honourable Members, Distinguished Guests and Fellow South Africans, From the outset, let me apologise for the absence of my President, Mr Bantu Holomisa in today’s joint sitting. Mr Holomisa was unable to make it due to being busy with the funeral arrangements of our [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:23+00:00 December 24th, 2013|Issues, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Tribute to the late former President Nelson Mandela