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DLAMINI ZUMA VISIT IN MARIKANA – A GIMMICK

2017-08-24T13:29:44+00:00 August 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with anger the visit of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in Marikana, North West. It was just a gimmick. Her visit was nothing but a campaigning stunt. As the country celebrated women and their role in the month of August, we do not remember her visiting or mentioning anything about the women who lost their relatives during Marikana Massacre. Dlamini [...]

UDEMWO disappointed by SA law on Grace Mugabe

2017-08-16T10:13:34+00:00 August 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the country celebrates women, the abuse continues to take place. As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are disappointed by the reports of Mrs Grace Mugabe who allegedly assaulted a 20 old year old woman in Sandton, just few days after Women’s Day. For someone in her position to behave the way she did is saddening. Mrs Mugabe’s actions cannot be justified and [...]

Something is seriously wrong: Aviwe Jam Jam is dead and Deputy Minister Manana is out on bail?

2017-08-11T13:02:29+00:00 August 11th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by reports of yet another female murder victim: young Capetonian Ms Aviwe Jam-Jam. Her name has been added to the ever-lengthening list of woman victims of violence and crime in South Africa. The fact that her body was found dumped at a sport field, not very far from her home, rubs salt into an already raw national [...]

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UDM reaction to the DA’s proposed motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly

2017-08-10T11:25:40+00:00 August 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) does not support the Democratic Alliance (DA) sponsored motion for the dissolution of the National Assembly. We respect the DA’s right to propose motions like any other political party represented in the National Assembly. Of immediate importance to the UDM, is the state of readiness of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. The IEC reportedly needs R300 million, as well as access to municipalities’ [...]

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UDM reaction to outcome of MONC in Mr Zuma

2017-08-08T19:25:02+00:00 August 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) accepts the result of today’s vote on the motion of no-confidence in Mr Zuma. We are however perturbed by the choice of the African National Congress (ANC) Members of the National Assembly who sided with an irreparably corrupt President. The people of South Africa have been shown the middle-finger for the eight time. We however welcome and are happy with the almost thirty ANC Members who voted against thievery and [...]

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Subject for discussion: vote of no confidence in President Zuma – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) in the national assembly of the Republic of South Africa

2017-08-08T15:06:14+00:00 August 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Members, Fellow South Africans. Following the success of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), by creating a safety net for all members of parliament, through voting by secret ballot, we have to seize the opportunity to put the people and the country first. In this regard, let us vote against the abuse of power, the infamous bogus intelligence report, and the abuse of the resources of our people. Let us vote against the [...]

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MONC secret ballot: UDM reaction to speaker’s decision

2017-08-07T16:50:40+00:00 August 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDESMO, Zumagate|

Statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Speaker’s decision to grant the request for a secret ballot when the National Assembly tomorrow votes on the motion of no-confidence in Mr Zuma. When the UDM made this request in April, we knew very well that she not only has the right, but also the responsibility to act; and act responsibly. We hope that all 400 members of the [...]

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WOMEN SLAPPING MINISTER? GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

2017-08-07T14:53:40+00:00 August 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is furious and shocked by the incident where the Education Deputy-Minister Mduduzi Manana assaulted two women at a night club at the weekend. He has apparently admitted that he has done so and UDEMWO believes that his actions cannot be justified under any circumstance. This incident not only happens in Women’s Month, but against the background of the increase [...]

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UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP – The motion of no confidence debate and the secret ballot

2017-08-04T13:58:09+00:00 August 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Campaigns, Home, Issues, Motions Without Notice, Zumagate|

Speaking notes for UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The motion of no confidence debate and the secret ballot on 4 August 2017 at the Cape Town Press Club, Grill Room, Kelvin Grove, Cape Town, at 13:00 Programme Director Ladies and gentlemen Introduction South Africans have long agreed that Mr Zuma is no longer a legitimate President of the Country. The damning Constitutional Court judgment which found that he failed to respect, uphold and defend the [...]

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CITY OF JOHANNESBURG: UDM commends Mayor Mashaba’s action regarding Cllr Peetz

2017-08-03T13:40:20+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDM Councillor in the City of Johannesburg The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commends Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba for the swift action regarding allegations of corruption by MMC for Economic Development Cllr Sharon Peetz. Corruption has no colour or political affiliation and this administration of the City of Johannesburg is here to root out corruption regardless of who commits it. It must be made clear that no one is above the [...]

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UDEMWO commends swift rescue of SA woman from human trafficking operation

2017-07-31T14:50:19+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the result of the joint operation that led to the swift rescue of Princess Mahlangu who fell victim, alongside women from various other countries, to a human trafficking operation. This incident adds to the widespread pandemic of exploitation of women in South Africa. Her story is one of many South African women who become victims of [...]

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Concern as Eastern Cape Emergency Services down tools

2017-07-26T10:27:41+00:00 July 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the current strike of Emergency Medical Services officials in various parts of the Eastern Cape. Even though we understand workers’ grievances over financial issues, our biggest concern is that patients are adversely affected by this strike. The Department of Health has a responsibility to our people and it should swiftly intervene. All stakeholders must act decisively and find a [...]

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Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

2017-07-20T11:24:48+00:00 July 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja -  UDEMWO Secretary General There seems to be a heart-wrenching answer to the question of the whereabouts of Yvonne Mbekwa. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened to hear that a burnt body, with her documentation, was found fairly close to where she and her baby had disappeared. Reports do not indicate the fate of her child, but we have come to expect the worst. “Yvonne Mbekwa” is [...]

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Illegal and immoral death threats on prominent South Africans

2017-07-18T11:56:52+00:00 July 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely concerned over reports of continued and growing intimidation of anyone who dares to dissent from the ruling party; or maybe just from certain elements within its ranks? This seems to be the go-to response, these days, when any unfortunate soul ventures to point out any wrong-doing in Government. It has been reported that South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) [...]

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SACP really going it alone or stage-managed strategy of the alliance?

2017-07-15T16:32:49+00:00 July 15th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement has noted that the South African Communist Party (SACP) will be contesting the 2019 National and Provincial Elections alone. In order for the SACP to prove that they are serious about this plan, all the party’s Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and Legislatures, as well as Councillors, should immediately resign to prevent access to Government monies and resources to bolster their campaigns. It would not be far-fetched to say this this [...]

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Inappropriateness of Ms B Mbete presiding over the debate on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma

2017-07-14T19:04:54+00:00 July 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|

Honourable Ms Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Madam Speaker Inappropriateness of your presiding over the debate on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma The above matter has reference. I write on behalf of the leaders of the African Christian Democratic Party, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement. We met [...]

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