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Economic Policy Position

March 31st, 2014|Policy Positions|

1.       Why the new South Africa needs a new economic plan The South African economy fails to deliver what is expected of it. It is acknowledged that certain fundamentals are in place, but it is equally true that the urgently required jobs and economic growth are not materialising. Since 1994 hundreds of thousands of jobs have been destroyed and formal employment shrinks at an alarming rate. These are the signs of an economy held afloat [...]

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Speech: Welcoming former Democratic Alliance and African National Congress members into the UDM Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (Gugulethu High School, Cape Town)

March 30th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

• Leadership of the UDM in the Western Cape • UDM Public Representatives • The people who live in the Cape Flats and Gugulethu in particular • New members of the UDM • My fellow South Africans Welcome! I am heartened by the many faces I see before me, because we are united in the knowledge that we have a common cause i.e. we want to go back to the original agenda, which is to [...]

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UDEMWO welcomes Kutumela sentence, but is it enough?

March 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased to hear that Thato Kutumela has been sentenced to ten years for rape and 20 years for the murder of his 18-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend. We are however disappointed that Kutumela's sentences will run concurrently and hope that he will never be paroled. Our courts should mete out harsh sentences on the perpetrators of abuse and violence against women and children. UDEMWO believes that a zero-tolerance system should be employed [...]

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Holomisa on Amcu strike: Call for both parties to give face-to-face negotiations another try

March 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

With Implats’ announcement that it would consider abandoning its new R11bn Leeuwkop platinum mine, unless it could redesign it as a mechanised mine, is bad news for South Africans who are desperate for work, especially from nearby communities. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the view that “go-betweens” are not the way to go. As former members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) - still smarting from the loss of NUM’s status as [...]

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Statement: the ANC wants to erode public confidence in the Public Protector

March 27th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is outraged at the sustained attack on the Public Protector by the various offshoots of the African National Congress (ANC). The latest outburst by the ruling party’s chief whip of parliament, Mr Stone Sizani, only exposes his ignorance of the very same laws he is entrusted to make and is consistent with the attitude of the ANC towards institutions that investigate corruption without fear, favour or prejudice. This unwarranted aggressive [...]

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Mr Holomisa speech: Commemoration of Human Rights Day at Gxwalibomvu

March 21st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Address of the UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the Commemoration of Human Rights Day at Gxwalibomvu Leadership of the United Democratic Movement in the Eastern Cape The people from Gxwalibomvu My fellow South Africans THANK YOU AND WELCOME On behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), I wish to thank the people of Gxwalibomvu for the gracious invitation to commemorate Human Rights Day with you. Today we are welcomed in a part in [...]

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UDM Contribution at Human Rights Day Celebration at Sharpeville

March 21st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Speech from Mrs Thandi Nontenja (UDM National Treasurer) to be delivered at the Department of Arts and Culture Human Rights Day Programme Director The Minister of the Department of Arts and Culture, Premier of Gauteng – Nomvula Mokonyane Leaders of other Political Parties Fellow South Africans: It is an honour and a privilege to be part of the commemoration of what we used to call Sharpeville Day back then. It is befitting for this day [...]

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Nkandla: President Zuma no longer has the moral authority to lead – it’s time to go

March 19th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

The scathing report of the Public Protector on the so-called Nkandla “upgrades” probably marks one of the darkest moments in the history our country since the advent of democracy in 1994. The findings that President Zuma has once again violated the Executive Members Ethics Code through his failure to act in protection of state resources, that he tacitly accepted the implementation of all measures at his residence and has unduly benefited from the enormous capital [...]

Farewell and tribute to Mr Trevor Manuel by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP

March 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|

Mister Speaker, Mister Deputy President and Honourable Members, I am greatly honoured by the privilege to, on behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), deliver a farewell speech to Minister Trevor Manuel. Minister Manuel has been an outstanding servant of the people and as a result, it is impossible for anyone to claim not to know him given the number of lives he has touched during his terms in Office. Mister Minister, When you moved [...]

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Speech: Consideration of fiscal framework and revenue proposals (Mr N Kwankwa, MP)

March 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Debate: Consideration of Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals Mister Speaker, Deputy President and Honourable Members, Economies around the world, including ours, have since the financial crisis in 2008 struggled to return back to pre-subprime crisis economic performance levels. This decline in business activity has resulted in massive job losses, business closures and in many families finding it difficult to make ends meet. Despite these challenges, good [...]

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Joint Statement by Mbhazima Shilowa and Bantu Holomisa

February 24th, 2014|2014 Archive, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Joint statement Mbhazima Shilowa and Bantu Holomisa Today marks yet another milestone in our journey towards political realignment.  Our announcement takes forward the discussions which started after the 2009 elections when it became apparent that South Africans yearned for a viable alternative. This process had stalled, in part, as the Independent Democrats (ID) joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the internal ructions with the Congress of the People (COPE).   Recently, more than 800 delegates [...]

Speech: Debate on State of the Nation Address by Bantu Holomisa

February 18th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Mister Speaker, Mister President, Deputy President and Honourable Members, State of the Nation Address debates give South Africans an opportunity to participate in discussions about issues that affect our country. We should therefore not underestimate the value of this important democratic practice in strengthening our democracy. Elsewhere in the world such opportunities do not exist. Mister President, allow me to apologise in advance for not being able to stay for the entire duration of this [...]

DA march on Luthuli House creates a bad precedent

February 12th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

by Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) decision to march on Luthuli House. Nowhere in the world has a political party marched on another political party to air its disagreements and concerns on policy positions and government programmes. The march should be on the Union Buildings, the seat of Government, rather than on the headquarters of a political party. It is ironic that the DA, which always pontificates about [...]

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2014 Manifesto Launch address by Bantu Holomisa at Nasrec

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

• The National Chairperson of the UDM, Mr Zolisa Lavisa, • UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi • The Members the UDM National Executive Committee Officer, • UDM PEC Members, • UDM Members of Parliament, Legislature and Councillors, • UDM REC Members, • Traditional Leaders, • Honoured Guests, • Members of the Media, • UDM Members, • Fellow South Africans: WELCOME I am pleased to welcome you to the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) Manifesto Launch [...]

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UDM Manifesto 2014

February 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Campaigns|

Message from UDM President Bantu Holomisa My fellow South Africans 2014 is an auspicious year, as South Africans mark 20 years of freedom. The Bill of Rights ensures that all the citizens of our beautiful country have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Our dignity has been restored and we enjoy freedom and security of our person. We can live where we want to. No one is denied access to establishments [...]

West Rand Region Rally at Wedela Stadium in Carletonville

January 26th, 2014|Speeches|

Speech by Bantu Holomisa, UDM President Programme Director, UDM NEC Members, UDM Gauteng PEC Members, UDM West Rand Regional Leadership, UDM Members, Fellow South Africans: Thank you to you all for making this rally a success. Words fail me to express how grateful we are for your hard work and contribution. Many of you come from and work in the surrounding mines. This places the assessment of the impact of economic conditions in this area [...]

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