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Department of Correctional Service is letting down the nation

2016-10-28T20:53:31+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Correctional Services|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the growing number of prisoners escaping in correctional facilities throughout the country, which sometimes becomes a clear indication that Correctional Service officials might have got a hand in these acts. This has also caused the public to lose hope on state organs due to victims becoming vulnerable and more susceptive to crime, after the culprits have escaped from prison. We are calling upon Minister of Correctional Services [...]

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UDM President Bantu Holomisa requests an investigation by Public Protector into the Department of Transport – Eastern Cape Province

2016-10-28T20:55:45+00:00 July 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Open Letters, Parastatals, Transport|

Dear Advocate Madonsela REQUEST FOR AN INVESTIGATION: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE - SCHOLAR TRANSPORT. I take this opportunity to table the following matter with you, so that you may please investigate it appropriately for the benefit of the South African public. I have anonymously received the attached information alleging maladministration within the Eastern Cape Department of Transport with regard to the scholar transport. Most importantly is not how it landed on my [...]

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Letter by Bantu Holomisa, MP to President Jacob Zuma: Marikana, UDM proposes a way forward for Marikana Massacre

2016-10-28T20:51:53+00:00 July 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Marikana Massacre, Open Letters|

Dear Honourable President, RE: UDM PROPOSE A WAY FORWARD FOR MARIKANA MASSACRE August 16, 2015 marks the third anniversary of the Marikana massacre. The Marikana massacre stands out as the worst case of police brutality in the post-Apartheid South Africa, where more than 30 miners were massacred by the South African Police for demanding a living wage and an improvement in their working conditions. The Nation and the families of the victims of the massacre [...]

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UDEMWO calls for thorough investigation on Saint Barnabas Hospital, Eastern Cape

2016-10-28T20:57:32+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|2015 Archive, Health, Media statements: UDEMWO|

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are angered by the ignorance and inhumane treatment by the health workers at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape. Refusing to pay attention to a sickly person is something else but refusing to render the necessary help for a rape victim is grossly inhumane. Rape issue is a very sensitive matter and the more you do not follow all the necessary precautions is the more [...]

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UDEMWO is pleased by the court’s decision to deny bail against Christopher Panayiotou

2016-10-28T20:59:28+00:00 June 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the way National Prosecuting Authority has so far handled the Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused case of murdering the innocent Jayde Panayiotou. Panayiotou and the men accused of killing this young woman do not deserve to be back in our communities as they pose a danger not only to the community but to those close to them. They have displayed clearly that they are not [...]

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Police must refrain from using grenades and live ammunition when dispersing members of the public

2016-10-28T21:35:13+00:00 June 9th, 2015|2015 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Youth Issues|

It is with great sadness that during the Youth Month in South Africa we hear of a sad event of a student that was shot and seriously injured by police. This shows that as a country, we are still far from being free. The act by the South African Police Service officials have once again taken us aback and reminded the nation of the sad times during the apartheid era when students were shot and [...]

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Subject for dicussion: The relevance of symbols in building a new democratic heritage – addresss by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the National Assembly

2016-10-28T21:54:31+00:00 June 8th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Hon Speaker and members Steve Biko once said, “As long as blacks are suffering from inferiority complex as a result of 300 years of deliberate oppression, denigration and division, they will be useless as co-architects of a normal society where man has nothing else but man for his own sake”. In this regard, he called for a liberation from mental enslavement. The historical and heritage symbols play an important part in defining our present, the [...]

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SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 02: Parliament

2016-10-26T08:39:08+00:00 June 8th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP - EC in the National NCOP Hon Chairperson and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments with regard to the enhancement of public involvement to realise meaningful participatory democracy. Madam, Chair, Julius Nyerere once said “… we don’t develop people, people develop themselves”. Accordingly, the United Democratic Movement, strongly holds that, participatory democracy places people [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 33: Tourism – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

2016-10-28T21:41:17+00:00 June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Environment, Speeches, Tourism|

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 33 on tourism.  In this regard, we welcome the efforts and work done by the department and many other role players in ensuring that this country remains a destination of choice for many citizens of world. This is notwithstanding socio economic challenges that the country continue to be confronted which in many instances results to inhuman and barbaric acts by criminal elements [...]

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Member’s Statement on the critical challenges confronting young women address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

2016-10-28T21:18:41+00:00 June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|

  Honourable Speaker and members As we begin the 39 Anniversary of the Youth month, it is important that we focus on the critical challenges confronting young women. Many young women remain targets for gender based violence. The recent UN, 2010 report, on violence against women in Africa indicates that the scourge of violence against women in Africa is still largely rampant, but hidden beneath cultural practices and beliefs. Amongst other reasons accountable for this [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 23: Police address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

2016-10-28T21:15:03+00:00 June 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Safety and Security, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 23 on POLICE. The incident at the Alexandra police station yesterday is a cause for great concern. Not less than four lives have been lost in a short space of time. More disturbing is that the shooting of a wife, two relatives and a police officer took place at a police station where it is expected that citizen’s safety is guaranteed. Many [...]

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Request for intervention: renewable energy sector challenges in the Eastern Cape

2016-10-28T21:46:24+00:00 June 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Environment, Home, Minerals and Energy, Open Letters|

Dear Minister Patel, Minister of Economic Development RE: REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE The abovementioned matter has reference. Thank you for the interest you have shown on this matter. This letter highlights some of the challenges faced by renewable energy investors, whose projects are situated in former Homeland areas of the Eastern Cape. I had intended to bring some of these issues to your attention during the Economic Development [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 17: Social Development – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

2016-10-28T21:43:53+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Home, Social development and welfare, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments. • The creation of a caring society is based on the willingness to provide the tools for achieving an inclusive society. This implies that life chances are partly detached, or de-commodified from social and economic origins and circumstances. • The core of the inclusive society is to create equal opportunities [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 2: Parliament -address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the NA

2016-10-28T21:20:46+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

  Madam Speaker and Honourable Members, A race to the bottom is currently underway in our Parliament. Today in this House, we engage and deal with our Nation’s challenges, less according to national interests and the need to create a better life for all, but more according to cheap political point scoring and vote maximisation at all costs, and mostly according to the primitive doctrine that might is right. This approach causes us to miss [...]

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Message from the UDM President at the 41st Anniversary of the Inkatha Freedom Party

2016-10-28T21:45:23+00:00 June 1st, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Address by UDM President, Mr BH Holomisa- MP Master of ceremonies, President of the IFP, Mr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the leadership of the party, members and supporters Indeed, none amongst South Africans, people of the continent and the world over, can deny the immerse contribution that this wonderful party has made in the fight for freedom in our life time. You have made a great contribution to bring the kind of South Africa we all celebrate [...]

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2015 Debate on Budget Vote 1: Presidency address by Bantu Holomisa, MP

2016-10-28T21:08:01+00:00 May 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Hon Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote. Mr President, during the State of the Nation Address you declared the year 2015 as the “… year of unity in Action to Advance Economic Freedom”. However, what is not clear, is a common and simple programme that binds the entire society behind this vision. For instance, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee’s work is not known by all citizens. We need a clearer [...]

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