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UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM, Women's Issues|

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes it is a travesty that women in the workplace, both in the private and public service, are not safe from sexual harassment, abuse, violence and rape. One of the main reasons why people with much needed skills, such as doctors and nurses, leave for greener pastures is that they are not safe at their places of work. We have [...]

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Statement by the Minister of Finance on retirement fund rumours

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Address by Mr NL Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and honourable Members Savings and Investment are critical tools for a sustainable economic development and improvement of conditions of life of all nations. The reported shift from the panic “I can’t afford the cost of living” to action; cutting back on spending and paying down or avoiding debts and invest more, is a positive development, however, it is enabling few from urban and [...]

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Speech in the national assembly on the subject of rhino poaching and its impact on our heritage

September 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP Honourable Speaker Honourable Members The poaching of rhino in South Africa is currently taking its toll on one of the most lucrative sectors, namely heritage tourism. The destruction of our heritage and unsustainable resource consumption results to lose of employment opportunities. In terms of statistical evidence, periodically released by various local and global institutions, indications are that we are losing the battle against rhino poaching. These statistics confirms that [...]

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UDM: Holomisa reacts to Pansy Tlakula’s resignation

September 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, IEC Lease Agreement Scandal, Media statements: UDM|

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BANTU HOLOMISA, MP – UDM PRESIDENT The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes that Advocate Pansy Tlakula has resigned as Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). She has at last seen the light, but it is a pity that she was forced to do so at great cost to government and political parties. There are now no more excuses; the Electoral Commission must immediately implement all the findings of the Public [...]

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Eastern Cape: Education budget vote – Speech by the Honourable Mpulu in the Eastern Cape Legislature

August 29th, 2014|1999 Archive, Archives, Basic Education, Speeches|

•        Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker •        Honourable Premier and the Executive •        Honourable members of the legislature •        Officials present here •        Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen Honourable Speaker I wish to indicate that I have observed a defeatist image in the Department of Education, but when you come close you can see that there are greater strides achieved both politically and administratively. We were at time of celebrating stability and progress in this department [...]

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The end of Women’s Month 2014 | UDEMWO

August 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|

Issued by Mrs Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General At the end of Women’s Month 2014, we look to the future; the United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried that the National Development Plan is overall gender blind, disregarding women’s gendered practical, and strategic needs and concerns. Considering that this is the development map for South Africa we are dissatisfied with what our future prospects are. In addition, UDEMWO is doubtful that the sideways-move, to bring the Department [...]

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Threat to Julius Malema ’s life: two wrongs do not make a right

August 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General Much opinion has been expressed at the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) recent outburst in Parliament; 1) some agree wholeheartedly with the message and the lack of adherence to Parliamentary decorum, 2) some agree with the message, but do not agree with the EFF’s manner in expressing themselves and 3) some cannot stomach the message nor the flare-up. Be that as it may, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) [...]

SA’s trigger happy police

August 27th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security|

Media statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General Understandably so police brutality is an emotive issue in a country with our history. However, we never in our wildest dreams thought that, post-1994, we would again see brutal police violence. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the number of incidents of late of egregious police brutality and indiscriminate use of force. The ill-considered “shoot first-ask questions later” rhetoric by senior politicians and police officers [...]

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UDM on Provision of water and sanitation to our people and elimination of the bucket system

August 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Rural Development and Land Reform, Speeches|

Address by Mr LB Gaehler MP in the National Council of Provinces in the debate on Local Government: “Moving with utmost speed to provide water and sanitation to our people and eliminate the bucket system” Honourable Chairperson Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports attempts by government to increase the speed at which the restoration of people’s dignity by amongst others providing quality, clean water to the people and quality sanitation and eradication of [...]

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Link between civil disobedience and poor service delivery

August 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|

Media Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General Government has blinkers on when it comes to the consequences of poor service delivery, particularly at local government level. Disingenuous representatives of government stand on their soapboxes shouting that they are doing their jobs. Judging by the volcano of protests against poor service delivery that erupts every now and again in all corners of the country, this is patently untrue. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is [...]

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Attack of the public protector and her office

August 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) congratulates the public protector for her sterling work in defence of the constitution - its institutions and the rule of law - against those who are devoted to promote corruption and who blatantly refuse to account to the people. The ruling party’s recent attacks on the office of the public protector and her person are nothing but a desperate attempt to dodge accountability. President Zuma must man-up, stop avoiding questions [...]

Question to the President: Nkandla saga

August 21st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Issues, Nkandlagate|

Question to the President: Nkandla saga by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President Honourable Speaker Mr President and Mr Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers Honourable Members Mr President, in the context of your report to the Speaker of the National Assembly, your posture, your claim of innocence and your commitment to correcting any wrongs that have been found and reported to by the various investigations into the Nkandla saga; Do you think you [...]

UDM Letter to President Zuma about political parties’ participation in national events: Women’s Day 2014

August 20th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Open Letters|

By Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP I refer to the Department of Arts and Culture, the Department of Women, and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government’s hosting of the National Women’s Day celebrations at ABSA Stadium on 9 August 2014 at the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality which was later changed to King Zwelithini Stadium. The United Democratic Movement (UDM), however with regret notes that the representatives of other political parties were treated as mere window dressing. The provisions of [...]

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National Women’s Day debate in National Assembly

August 20th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|

Address by Ms CN Majeke, MP, in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker, Mr President Mr Deputy President Ministers and Deputy Ministers Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins the millions of citizens of this country and the world to pay tribute to the women of South Africa for the central role they continue to play in liberating this country. These heroines acted as a conscious and formidable force of the liberation struggle, some even [...]

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Solidarity with the Cuban Five and demanding for the release and freedom of the remaining four of the Cuban Five

August 19th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement believes in productive engagement with all people of the world to improve the prospects for peace, cultural enrichment and economic well being of the people both here at home and anywhere in the globe. Further, we strongly believe in the vital importance of the United Nations and its constituent bodies in the creation of a new world [...]

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Member’s statement: Taxi industry

August 19th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|

 Mr ML Filtane, MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker Honourable Members, Noting that in the year 2000, there were approximately 126 000 taxi vehicles operating in South Africa that were ten years old and not fit for public transport. Since the inception of the taxi recapitalisation programme in October 2006, a total of 59 029 old taxi vehicles had been scrapped with 7 060 of these from the Eastern Cape. We further note that, [...]

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