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2018 Budget Vote 14: Basic Education; declaration by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

2018-05-10T16:39:05+00:00 May 9th, 2018|2018 Archive, Cynthia Majeke, Higher and Basic Education, Home|

Ms Cynthia Majeke, UDM Member of Parliament Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members Education is the greatest investment into the success of the National Development Plan and the advancement of the South African socio-economic status and basic education is the starting point. Over time the quality and output of the South African basic education system has changed. On the positive side: • Pre-school enrolment has improved; • The proportion of people with aged 20 [...]

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Debate: Condolence Motion on the passing of Ms Winnie Madikizela Mandela

2018-05-04T16:18:53+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Members of Parliament, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, Speeches, Tributes|

Honourable Speaker and Members, Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP and UDM Deputy-President A big tree, an outstanding servant of the people, a struggle icon has fallen. Dr Maya Angelou, in her poem “The Great Tree has Fallen” says, and I quote: “…. when great souls die, after a period, peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored never to be the same, whisper [...]

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Open Letter to Wesbank CEO re corruption in motor vehicle sales – immoral alliance between banks and car dealers

2018-05-02T15:36:52+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Open Letters|

Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President OPEN LETTER Mr Chris de Kock WesBank Chief Executive Officer Enterprise Road Fairland 2170 Dear Mr De Kock CORRUPTION IN MOTOR VEHICLE SALES – IMMORAL ALLIANCE BETWEEN BANKS AND CAR DEALERS Background In November of 2004, a senior government official, Mr Mzukisi Ndara is induced into buying a 2004 Nissan X-Trail 2.2 Diesel S.E. with approximately 7,000 kilometres distance travelled on the odometer, with a registration number [...]

Workers Day 2018

2018-05-01T12:33:53+00:00 April 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Economy, Home, Labour, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa|

Media release by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP and UDM Deputy President On Labour Day, 1 May 2018, we all dwell on the plight of the working South African and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) unequivocally supports our workforce. South Africa’s painful history, with the exploitation of black South Africans, has left a scar on the psyche of our workforce and the poor. Today the formerly oppressed, comprising the biggest section of our workforce, as [...]

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Freedom Day 2018

2018-04-26T13:11:41+00:00 April 26th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General Statement by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General Truth be told, we started well in 1994. South Africa built a democratic dispensation based on the noble ideals of protecting human rights and promoting freedom. The struggle movements and leaders can take a bow for breaking down minority rule. But, it is hard to celebrate political freedom, when the majority of our people remains locked out of economic freedom. [...]

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#UDEMWO on Freedom Day 2018: what are we celebrating?

2018-04-26T13:19:41+00:00 April 26th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Human rights, Safety and Security, Women's Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Although some changes for the better have taken place since 1994, there are far too many areas that require vast improvement; especially when it comes to women and children; their needs and the protection of their rights. 1) Economic inequality, crushing poverty and gender discrimination are still the order of the day and most women (especially the elderly and the young) are worse off in this patriarchal [...]

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#EWC #LandDebate #UdmMthathaDialogue… don’t sit out! Take ownership of the debate; whether you live in a palace, house, flat, rondawel or a shack. We all deserve equality and economic freedom

2018-04-25T17:31:51+00:00 April 25th, 2018|#NationalSummit, 2018 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Home, Land, Speeches|

Speaking Notes for Mr B Holomisa, MP and UDM President at a Public Community Meeting on the Expropriation of Land without Compensation: a National Assembly Resolution • Chairperson • Traditional, religious and community leaders • Leaders of the UDM and our public representatives • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Welcome Thank you for accepting my invitation to this meeting. Today we will consider an issue of national importance i.e. the debate around the expropriation of [...]

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Changes to labour legislations must go back to #Nedlac for broader consultation

2018-04-24T20:00:16+00:00 April 24th, 2018|2018 Archive, Economy, Home, Human rights, Labour, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) makes an urgent call on government to refer the proposed changes to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, as well as the introduction of the National Minimum Wages Bill, back to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). These proposed changes are tantamount to rolling back progress made thus far in terms of the rights of the working class. From the thunderous outcry [...]

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Mother Earth Day 2018: SA’s water woes must come to an end

2018-04-25T16:55:36+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bantu Holomisa, Environment, Home, Local Government, Media statements: UDM, Minerals and Energy|

Media release by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President As we approach Mother Earth Day, on the 22nd of April, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) deems it necessary that we, as South Africans, must acknowledge and understand the interdependence that exists among humans, animals, plants and the planet we inhabit. Especially the role that water plays in that interdependence. South Africa’s years’ worth of drought, brought home the reality the we indeed live [...]

#LandQuestion Indaba on 25/4 in Mthatha. Searching for solutions. Invitation to attend a Mthatha public meeting on: NA resolution on the EWC explained, and UDM position

2018-04-19T13:08:51+00:00 April 19th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Land, Media statements: UDM|

The national leadership of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) noted the National Assembly’s resolution, taken on the 27th of February 2018, on the well-documented motion regarding the expropriation of land without compensation (EWC). This decision will affect communal, urban, government and privately-owned land and the UDM cordially invites all interested parties to attend an important public meeting to obtain more information on topic: Where?   Mthatha City Hall. When?    Wednesday, 25 April. Time?     10am. [...]

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The hype around uMama Winnie reveals hypocrisy of some leaders of the Mass Democratic Movement

2018-04-13T10:12:27+00:00 April 13th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM|

  As we say our last bon voyage to Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, we must also appreciate her enormous sacrifice, whilst her own party had been reluctant to rescue her from a situation where she desperately needed help. When we talk about uMama Winnie we must have some understanding that she paid a steep personal price for believing in her convictions and walking the talk - whether you agree with what she had done, or not. [...]

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Athol Trollip is telling lies; here are the hard facts

2018-04-08T15:46:06+00:00 April 8th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM) Athol Trollip, is holding rallies galore and tweets with the abandon of a small-town Donald Trump that he is the best man for the job. But the facts, evidence and his track-record, clearly show that Trollip is not worthy of trust. The evidence shows that he lives in an alternate universe as he continues to deceive the council for his self-serving political agenda. Trollip [...]

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UDEMWO hopes for justice to be served, no-one is above law

2018-04-08T15:49:57+00:00 April 6th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|

United Democratic Women's Organisation The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is waiting in anticipation as things unfold , as Mr Jacob Zuma’s day in court has finally arrived. We have been waiting for this day for so long and it has finally come. It is a dream come true for many South Africans. It is true that no one is above the law. Mr Zuma, like many others who have done [...]

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UDM Youth Vanguard pays its respects to a woman of note: uMama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

2018-04-04T15:56:52+00:00 April 4th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Tributes|

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDM Youth Vanguard) grieves the passing away of the woman of who breast-fed the nation; hence we call her “The Mother of the Nation”. The UDM Youth Vanguard pays its respects to The Mother of the Nation who dedicated her entire life to the struggle. We join fellow South Africans in lauding a woman who distinguished herself as an unrelenting campaigner for the human rights of the oppressed masses [...]

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UDEMWO mourns the passing of the Mother of the Nation

2018-04-03T12:54:01+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Tributes|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) joins the nation in mourning the passing of the phenomenal woman of our time. Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the few women (if any) who is admired by most women across the political sphere. Mama lived with the poorest of the poor; she shared so many pains with those forgotten citizens of this country. UDEMWO salutes her for all the [...]

Lala ngoxolo Mama Winnie

2018-04-24T20:10:38+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President As South Africa moves farther and farther away from the dreadful and dark years of apartheid, we are more frequently confronted with the passing of those who played critical roles in the struggle. Today, we say goodbye to a woman who will be remembered as a feisty and vocal freedom fighter who did not hesitate to speak her mind; she certainly stirred lively debate wherever she went. [...]

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