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Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

2017-06-14T13:14:32+00:00 May 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins millions of South Africans to declare, violence and abuse of women and girlchildren, a crime against humanity. Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms, as well as gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. The recent spate of gruesome murders of girls and infants, have a devastating effect on girls, women and society in general, and must be rejected [...]

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Debate on Budget Vote 26 – Energy by address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

2017-06-13T16:24:59+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Minerals and Energy, Service delivery, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members Electricity is a fundamental factor in a wide range of socio-economic matters; it is the lifeblood of an economically and socially active community. Reliable electricity has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life of the poor, in particular, those in rural areas. We need to make it a priority to promote and incorporate all viable options for electricity generation. We must aim to ensure that every household has [...]

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Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit

2017-05-30T13:47:17+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the events surrounding the death of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende. She disappeared for almost two weeks and finding her body at her place of work is concerning in the extreme. The suspicious circumstance around her death is compounded by the fact that her car was apparently parked outside the offices, yet a police search did not [...]

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Debate on Budget Vote 02 – Parliament by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP

2017-06-13T14:43:02+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Parliamentary oversight, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson and Members The Presiding Officers of this 5th Democratic Parliament, in the foreword of the Strategic Plan 2014-19, said, “Parliament exist to represent people and to ensure their involvement in government processes”. In this regard, and in the context of celebrating its twenty years of existence, we would recommend that this house, deliberately creates more mechanisms for citizens to have access to all the laws made by Parliament. We must move towards a [...]

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Investigation into matters relating to the dispute between the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of NMBMM

2017-05-26T18:02:06+00:00 May 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Discussion Documents, Home|

Introduction The ACDP, COPE and FF Plus (the “Panel”) was requested to provide an opinion on a dispute in the coalition in PE and to adjudicate whether the parties in dispute are in breach of the Coalition Agreement (“Agreement”). The three parties resolved among itself to adjudicate the matter on a balance of probability. The following needs to be noted: The adjudication is performed purely on the papers; No single comprehensive affidavits from both parties [...]

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Debate on Budget Vote 40 – Sport and Recreation South Africa by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP

2017-05-31T16:48:54+00:00 May 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Sport and Recreation|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the budget vote. The budget reduction in this department does not augur well for the promotion, development and transformation of sport in our Country. Already, compensation to the departmental employees had to be reduced on an escalating scale during the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, totalling R4.9 million. The next victims of this reduction are goods and services. Regrettably, the very people who would have benefitted from the [...]

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Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

2017-05-25T17:32:10+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the destructive behaviour of some Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students. The reported fight between WSU medical students and the fatal stabbing of a final year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, is shocking and seems quite senseless; it is difficult to grasp what has happened. Parents send their children to university in the hope that they will live and learn in a safe environment, yet they are [...]

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Debate on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – Bantu Holomisa in National Assembly

2017-06-13T15:00:49+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson and Members The United Democratic Movement supports Budget 19. As we celebrate Africa Day, we are reminded of the important role played by our soldiers in keeping peace on our continent. I am certain, that their contribution will one day make Africa a continent for all its people and the world-over. In the context of my responsibility in the Defence Force Service Commission, I invite the Minister and the Joint Standing Committee on [...]

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UDM welcomes investigation into billions of rand lost due to negligent health care workers, statement by Bongani Msomi

2017-05-25T15:50:44+00:00 May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked by the exorbitant amount of tax payers’ money that is lost because of the Department of Health’s negligence. Spending R43 billion on lawsuits is ridiculous and it is even more concerning that nothing much is being done to put a stop to the wastage. We cannot be losing money, and especially not such a large amount, due to the carelessness of medical practitioners and health workers. Reports in [...]

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UDM condemns taxi violence in KZN

2017-05-23T13:37:49+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the on-going taxi wars that continue to take innocent lives in KwaZulu Natal. The wars have been going on for some time and nothing effective has been done to stop them. Innocent people are being killed. Taxi operators, taxi associations and security agencies must find ways to resolve these problems of routes. The situation is not acceptable. The [...]

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No bail for suspects

2017-05-22T15:18:31+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issueb by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the arrest of three men relating to the rape and horrendous murder of four women two weeks ago in Soweto. The arrest brings hope that the criminals will face the music for their action. As UDEMWO, we call for no bail for the culprits. We are also concerned that the police refused to attend to crime scenes citing [...]

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Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

2017-05-16T13:30:57+00:00 May 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the destructive behaviour of some Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students. The reported fight between WSU medical students and the fatal stabbing of a final year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, is shocking and seems quite senseless; it is difficult to grasp what has happened. Parents send their children to university in the hope that they will live and learn in a safe environment, yet they are [...]

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ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

2017-05-12T17:47:31+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Parastatals, Public Works|

If it was not for the serious implications of the ruling party deployment agency; one might be tempted to laugh at the situation around the reinstatement of Mr Brian Molefe as the Eskom Chief Executive (CE). Exasperated opinions by, or on, Mr Molefe, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne, the ruling party and the Eskom Board falls from the sky like hail stones on a tin roof. According to the ruling party, Mr Molefe’s reinstatement “…is [...]

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Condolences to Karabo Mokoena family

2017-05-12T14:53:41+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by UDEMWO Secretary General, Ms Thandi Nontenja The brutal murder of Karabo Mokoena, allegedly at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, brings great sadness to the women of this Country. We had hoped that she would be found alive and well after she went missing late last month, only to be shocked to learn of her brutal passing. It is most disturbing that this seems to be, once again, one of those horrendous crimes [...]

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March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot

2017-05-12T12:37:06+00:00 May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Speeches|

JOINT STATEMENT BY POLITICAL PARTIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY March to the Constitutional Court: #SecretBallot (Issued on 12 May 2017 at the Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg) It is clear to all patriotic citizens that our country, South Africa, is experiencing the worst crisis of leadership since 1994. Our nation has reached a point where the conscience of every Member of Parliament (MP) matters in deciding whether a rogue President is removed from office or not. [...]

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Vuwani no-show: A sign of disrepect

2017-05-12T13:18:35+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General -  Bongani Msomi It is with sadness that we witness the belittling behaviour of President Jacob Zuma towards the people of this country. His no-show at Vuwani, at the weekend, displays the clear arrogance of his government and his party. There have been widespread service delivery protests but nothing changes. Citizens need to realise that the ruling party does not consider them and that it is time to make [...]

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