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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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Condolences upon the passing away of Dr Mario Gaspare Oriani-Ambrosini

August 19th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|

delivered on behalf of the UDM by Ms Majeke, MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) expresses its sadness with the passing away of Dr Oriani-Ambrosini. We would like to pass our deepest condolences to his family, the leader of IFP, Prince Bhuthelezi, MP, his friends and comrades. Leaders are born, live and die. Dr Oriani-Ambrosini was one of those extraordinary leaders that had passion, gave constructive criticism [...]

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Multi Party Forum on the decision of the Constitutional Court on the matter of the IEC Chairperson

August 15th, 2014|2014 Archive, IEC Lease Agreement Scandal, Media statements: UDM|

Statement on behalf of the Multi Party Forum on the decision of the Constitutional Court on the matter of the IEC Chairperson We welcome the Constitutional Court decision on the matter of the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission Advocate Pansy Tlakula. This decision vindicates the findings of the Public Protector and two other credible institutions that pronounced on the matter. We take our hats off to the whistle blowers who helped root out this [...]

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Women’s Day 2014

August 9th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO|

LOOKING BACK 2014 is certainly an auspicious year with the commemoration of a number of milestones, such as the sixty years that have passed after the adoption of the Women’s Charter of 1954. As is right, we take the time to, as a nation, make introspection on the role that women play in our society; in particular the contributions they made in the struggle against apartheid and the years before and thereafter. NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN [...]

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Question for written reply: In respect of mining operations in North West Province and Limpopo Province

August 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY   Mr HB Holomisa, MP to ask the Minister of Minerals Resources: In respect of mining operations in North West Province and Limpopo Province: 1)    Were any royalties or future considerations preserved in terms of item 11 (1) or 11 (3) of Schedule II, Transitional Arrangements, of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002; 2)    If so, which are the affected a)    mines, b)    traditional communities; and c)    [...]

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UDM proposed meeting between you and the leaders of political parties in parliament

July 30th, 2014|2014 Archive, Open Letters|

Mr MC Ramaphosa Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa Leader of Government Business in Parliament Tuynhuys Private Bag X1000 Cape Town 8000 Dear Mr Deputy President PROPOSED MEETING BETWEEN YOU AND THE LEADERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES IN PARLIAMENT The above matter has reference. On behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) I congratulate you on your appointment as the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, as well as the leader of [...]

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Nelson Mandela Day – address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly

July 29th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|

Madam Speaker, Deputy President and Honourable Members President Nelson Mandela’s election and inauguration in 1994 marked the end of many years oppression and caused South Africans of all races to fill the streets, all celebrating our victory in the fight for the self-evident right to determine our own destiny. Some shouted from their rooftops lines from SEK Mqhayi’s poem, Ukutshona kukaMendi, the SS Mendi steamship, which sank in 1917 killing all the troops on board. [...]

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Eastern Cape: Budget vote Provincial Treasury

July 24th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|

Speech by Mr Mhlati, leader of the UDM in the Eastern Cape Legislature Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier and Executive, Honourable Members and government officials I would like to express a word of appreciation to the former MEC for Finance and Treasury for the wonderful work he did during his tenure to uplift the standard of performance by Treasury as stipulated in Section 18 of the Public Finance Management Act. Treasury has succeeded in assisting the [...]

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Multi-Party Forum’s comment on appeal lodged by IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula

July 24th, 2014|2014 Archive, IEC Lease Agreement Scandal, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP – UDM President and Chairperson of the Multi-Party Forum We confirm that we yesterday received court papers as submitted with the Constitutional Court by the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula. We have filed our answering papers. The political parties that are part of this action will be guided by the Constitutional Court and we hope that the matter will reach conclusion as soon [...]

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