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Bantu Holomisa to deliver Nelson Mandela Foundation’s keynote address at 4th anniversary since Madiba’s passing

2017-11-27T13:49:41+00:00 November 27th, 2017|2017 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President As we approach the centenary year of the late former President Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s birth next year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has invited Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and President of the United Democratic Movement to deliver the keynote address at the fourth anniversary of his passing on 5 December 2017. Mr Holomisa is grateful that the Nelson Mandela Foundation extended this tremendous honour to him and aim [...]

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Justice is served: UDEMWO welcomes Christopher Panayiotou’s life sentence

2017-11-24T15:56:20+00:00 November 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Correctional Services, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased by the life sentence given to Mr Christopher Panayiotou after having been found guilty of murdering his wife. The murder of Ms Jayde Panayiotou is a typical example of how South African women are under siege from those closest to them. The Panayiotou case has dragged on for a very long time and UDEMWO is happy that it [...]

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UDM welcomes the appointment of our new National Police Commissioner

2017-11-23T15:10:56+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil Disobedience, Home, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Safety and Security|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the appointment of General KJ Sitole as our new National Police Commissioner. It is good that he comes from inside the ranks of the South African Police Services (SAPS). This means that he is a career professional and would therefore have a sound understanding of the challenges that face our police personnel; unlike his predecessors who were just parachuted in. Commissioner Sitole [...]

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UDM Deputy President, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, to address annual assembly of the Southeast Asian Nations Parliamentarians

2017-11-30T20:18:09+00:00 November 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa|

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Background Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP (Deputy President and Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement) was invited to - from 6 to 8 October 2017 - participate in a Regional Meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Parliamentarians. The meeting focussed on the use innovative means to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom and to promote democracy and human rights throughout that region (and in fact the world). [...]

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UDM’s reaction on the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training

2017-11-14T12:00:15+00:00 November 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|

Statement issued by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa – UDM Deputy President and Chief Whip The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training released by the President on 13 November 2017. We welcome the Report’s reaffirmation of the clarion call and the need to make education accessible to all South Africans. We, however, reject the Report’s recommendation that Income Contingency Loans be adopted as the new [...]

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UDEMWO condemns the attack of traffic officer by church members

2017-11-13T13:02:36+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja – UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) condemns with strongest terms the attack of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department Officer by the church members in Hillbrow yesterday. This cannot be right and cannot be justified in anyway. Based on the chilling footage of the attack, these people look like angry bouncers who do not respect law. The helpless officer tried to warn the angry crowd [...]

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UDM condemns violent taxi strike

2017-11-08T12:11:06+00:00 November 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Bongani Msomi, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned by the timing of the protesting taxi industry in many parts of Gauteng. This is a critical time for scholars especially those doing Grade 12 who are busy writing their final exams. We understand the frustration of the taxi industry however we are much concerned with the effects of the protest towards pupils and the innocent commuters. We [...]

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Shocking handling of Emfuleni mayor’s WhatsApp “slip”

2017-11-07T10:31:59+00:00 November 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Media Statement by Thandi Nontenja – UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is appalled by the way the situation around Emfuleni Mayor Simon Mofokeng (with his so-called “slip up” with a lewd post on an African National Congress (ANC) WhatsApp group) is being handled. It is shocking that, by all accounts, Mr Mofokeng was in a “relationship” with a 14-year-old girl. An adult man cannot be in a “relationship” with [...]

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#FeesMustFall: Students up in arms yet again, when will Government learn?

2017-11-30T19:58:52+00:00 October 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned by the #FeesMustFall protests that have, yet again, forced several institutions of higher learning to grind to a halt, and interrupted exams. The UDM expresses sympathy with our students’ plight and we believe their grievances are real, and their demands, valid. What boggles the mind is that, Government and university managements do not learn from experience. These protests have dragged [...]

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#MTBSP2017 Mini-budget: Minister Gigaba is reaping what he sowed

2017-10-25T21:43:11+00:00 October 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy speech was unimpressive. In fact, it seemed a mere rehash of his predecessors’ old proposals. He was so non-committal, that there is very little hope that we will soon see agencies rate South Africa higher than ‘junk status’. The reaction of the Rand, to his speech, might be a sign of worse things to come. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes [...]

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Danny Jordaan: rape accused

2017-11-30T19:59:02+00:00 October 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Social development and welfare, Sport and Recreation, Women's Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with shock, the rape allegations levelled against Mr Danny Jordaan. Since Ms Jennifer Ferguson’s allegations have become public, the South African Football Association (SAFA) boss has not uttered a word… to us it seems that, if there is smoke, there is fire? For someone in Jordaan’s position to even have a whiff of women abuse associated with him, is an [...]

#NMBCoalition – DA admitted mistakes were made, Bantu Holomisa writes to DA Leader Mmusi Maimane

2017-11-30T20:00:44+00:00 October 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Coalition Government, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Local Government, Open Letters, Political Realignment|

Dear Mr Maimane NELSON MANDELA BAY COALITION: MISTAKES WERE MADE REGARDING THE MANNER IN WHICH THE SPEAKER OF COUNCIL CONDUCTED THE NMBMM COUNCIL MEETING OF 24 AUGUST 2017 1. I refer to matter of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM) Council meeting of 24 August 2017 at which a motion of no confidence was instituted by the Patriotic Alliance (PA), against our Deputy Executive Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani. 2. The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) [...]

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UDEMWO pleased by Brickz verdict

2017-11-30T20:00:56+00:00 October 17th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the fifteen-year jail sentence given to Sipho Ndlovu, popularly known as Brickz in the music entertainment business. This outcome gives hope that no rapist, not even a male celebrity, is above law. It is also good that the justice system made an example of him; for he had been a role model for young male fans, who might have [...]

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Nationwide school violence crisis needs swift intervention

2017-11-30T20:01:09+00:00 October 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Youth Issues|

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is concerned by the continued crime and violence that are prevalent in many schools throughout the country. There seems to be an increase of criminal activities in our schools that puts our pupils’ safety and lives at risk. This is a threat to education and jeopardises our children’s basic rights as entrenched in the Constitution. Not a day passes without reports [...]

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UDM’s wishes to the matric class of 2017

2017-11-30T20:01:18+00:00 October 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education|

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP The United Democratic Movement congratulates the matric class of 2017 for staying the course and, staying in school! Pursuing education will give you significantly more options over the course of your life. Set goals and work hard to achieve them. Past question papers, available on the Department of Education's website, can help you gauge your preparedness and identify subjects that need more work. Manage you time well and [...]

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#Storms: UDEMWO prays for missing flood victims to be found alive

2017-10-12T16:02:07+00:00 October 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO|

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) sends a message of condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the terrible heavy storms that have turned havoc in many parts of the country this week. This period is the most difficult one not only to those who have been directly affected by the rains but the country as whole. Indeed, it is a trying time for us as a [...]

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