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Motion of No Confidence in the President

March 2nd, 2016|Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr BH Holomisa MP in Parliament   Hon Speaker and Hon Members The South African electoral system does not enable the electorate to directly elect a President of the country. Contrary, South Africans vote for a political party which in turn appoints a President. It is therefore a duty of the ruling party to ensure that its candidate serves the nation with distinction and in accordance with the oath of office as prescribed in [...]

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The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

February 29th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members Although agricultural sector’s relative contribution to the gross domestic product of the country is small and still declining, it nevertheless plays an important role in the creation of wealth and safety nets in South Africa, specifically in the rural areas. Drought has severely affected the country’s agricultural productivity capacity and thus affecting negatively our Gross Domestic Product. It affects both crop and livestock [...]

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PC ON PUBLIC WORKS ON EXPROPRIATION BILL

February 24th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members   Chapter 2, section 9 and subsection 3 of the Constitution provides, “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race…”. Most relevant to the debate this afternoon is section 25 of the constitution. Subsection 7 provides, “A person or community dispossessed of property after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory [...]

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UDM CONDEMNS SERVICE DISRUPTIONS BY ANC IN NGQUZA

February 22nd, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General   The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the disruption of public services due to internal strife amongst the African National Congress members in the Ngquza Hill municipality. Most affected areas include ward 21 eMcobothini, ward 20 Hombe, and ward 16 Nkunzimbini. It is reported that this problem started three weeks ago when community members affiliated to the ruling party were not pleased with the Ward Councillors that [...]

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UDM on the reply by the President to the SONA Debate

February 18th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement welcomes the comment made by the President in response to our call for an All-Inclusive National Economic Transformation Indaba. Notwithstanding his fears, we remain convinced that South Africans from all political and socio-economic persuasions are prepared to do everything possible for the growth and development of our economy. As South Africans did with the political transition, decided to embrace each other irrespective of different [...]

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Letter to Speaker re Guptas

February 18th, 2016|Home, Open Letters|

Reference articles... Ms Baleka Mbete Speaker to the National Assembly Republic of South Africa Private Bag X15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Honourable Speaker REFERENCE ARTICLES: • Mining Minister’s Gupta Trip • Name: Van Rooyen’s two Gupta ‘advisers’ who almost hijacked SA Treasury • Duarte denies abuse of office • Why the Gupta family’s alleged deal with Denel is dubious • Denel and Gupta venture ‘illegal’ • Gupta-Zuma Firm gets 10th of Richards Bay Coal Export [...]

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SONA Debate contrubution by Lennox Gaehler

February 17th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY LB Gaehler EC NCOP MP in the National Parliament Joint Sitting Hon Speaker, President and Honourable Members The drought that has visited our land has affected big, small, formal and informal farming sector, depending on their proximity to a scarce source of water. In this regard, United Democratic Movement suggests that, drought relief interventions, whether at a planning or implementation stage, should deliberately target the small and informal farmers too, as their contribution [...]

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Debate on SONA contribution by Bantu Holomisa

February 16th, 2016|2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP IN PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA   Hon Speaker, Hon President and Members The South African economic situation demands that we adopt an approach that is all inclusive and pragmatic. One of the credits to our country is our ability to resolve challenges through dialogue. Perhaps in resolving the current economic crisis, we need to borrow from our recent past. CODESA delivered political liberation with more still [...]

UDM SONA Expectations

February 11th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement expects the President to outline: How is the government going to bring concrete and realistic solutions to our economic woes: Instead of the consumptive policies that the current leadership is obsessed with characterised by targeted corrupt consumption like in the case of pension fund in which Nedlac failed to play its role. It would be a bold and positive stance if the President was [...]

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Zuma must go

February 3rd, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa Zuma has no respect for the people of this country. He has embarrassed his own colleagues in the ruling party, in the process compromised the morale fibre of this country. His pronouncement is nothing less of electioneering. The people of South Africa must continue to hold the President and government to account. His attempt to want to avoid further embarrassment and ridicule by the Constitutional Court, should be [...]

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UDM calls for Commission Of Inquiry on ARV crisis, Free State

February 1st, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi. UDM Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement (UDM), we are stunned by the dire situation of ARV treatment shortage for HIV positive patients in the Free State province. The problem has led to many patients defaulting on their treatment as they have not received medication since October last year while at some parts of the province the problem began as early as June. We cannot fold our arms and [...]

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KSD READY FOR 2016 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

January 28th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by UDM KSD Electoral Task Team The UDM in the KSD is ready for the 2016 Local Government Elections. Guided by our national manifesto, which was adopted and launched in our 5th National Congress held in December 2015; we are finalising our localised KSD version of the manifesto. In our local manifesto, we will focus on Good Governance. In this regard, the rule of law shall be a system on which proper local [...]

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UDEMWO has no confidence in police

January 26th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are shocked and saddened to hear that no arrests have been made on the recent rape attacks against two female students at the University of Cape Town. As women we are left with a question of how many innocent women must fall victim of this horrendous crime before swift actions can be taken to put an end to this and protect them. We are even more [...]

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UDM welcomes the appointment of new Police Commissioners

January 22nd, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the appointment of the two Commissioners, Lieutenant General Baile Brenda Motswenyane who will be at the helm of the North West Police while Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Elvis Julathe will be in control of the gangster riddled Western Cape Province. We hope that the newly appointed Commissioners will bring a positive change and turn things around in the provinces and in the [...]

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Public Protector must investigate Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

January 20th, 2016|2015 Archive, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|

The Public Protector Hillcrest Office Park 175 Lunnon Street Pretoria 0001 Dear Advocate Madonsela  REQUEST FOR AN URGENT INVESTIGATION: Public Investment Corporation (PIC). I take this opportunity to welcome and wish you and your office, a very successful year in the service of the nation, in 2016. In this regard, I wish to table the following matter with you, so that you may investigate it appropriately for the benefit of the South African public. I [...]

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UDM calls for National Pension Fund Forum

January 20th, 2016|Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President – MP, Bantu Holomisa The furore on the Tax Laws Amendment Act and Tax Administration requires an action by all contributors. This is more urgent given that the Public Investment Corporation Fund is now targeted as the next stop for huge transactions to the ruling party and its big business friends. UDM calls for a National Pension Fund Forum which will amongst others, consider the following: • Monitoring of all [...]

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