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Towards a National Convention

2017-05-04T14:08:45+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

UDM Discussion Document "Towards a National Convention: The state of South Africa and finding a new common vision" (4 May 2017) Bantu Holomisa's letter to National Foundations Dialogue Initiative (http://www.nfdi.org.za/) dialogue session on “Why does South Africa need a National Dialogue? A call to the Nation.”

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Open Letter by Thandi Nontenja to Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato

2017-05-12T13:21:24+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Open Letters, Women's Issues|

Mr Dan Plato Western Cape Minister of Community Safety 35 Wales Street 5th Floor Cape Town 8000 Dear Mr Plato UDEMWO calls for quick intervention on crimes against the women and children on the Cape Flats The unabated incidents of rape and murders, on the Cape Flats, targeted at women and children caught our attention. Since the beginning of the year, several women and children have fallen victim to such crimes and we are worried [...]

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Freedom Day 2017, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at a Multi-Stakeholder Rally

2017-06-13T15:02:21+00:00 April 27th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|

Colleagues in civil society and political parties My fellow South Africans 1. Thank you to the organisers We thank today’s organisers for hosting all of us at this historic celebration of Freedom Day. It can be argued that civil society was at the centre of the campaign that brought Apartheid to its knees. We have not forgotten the work of, amongst others, Bishop Tutu and the various faith based organisations, the labour movements and the [...]

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Nuclear deals: Western Cape High Court judgement is an indictment of a Government involved in sneaky deals

2017-06-13T15:02:29+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Minerals and Energy|

Statement issued by UDM President Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Western Cape High Court ruling in favour of the case brought against Government by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute. This ruling is a good lesson for Government to understand and accept that accountability and transparency are non-negotiable Constitutional dictates. Government must stop trying to sneak such deals without the knowledge of the people. [...]

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ANC must stop looting state resources

2017-06-13T15:02:39+00:00 April 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi Eastern Cape is one of the worst struggling provinces with severe challenges such as poor infrastructure. It is with great sadness that we observe those who are in power abusing resources meant for uplifting the poor. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is however happy to note that action has been taken against those who allegedly stole from the state purse. The recent court appearance of the [...]

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“Leading in the South African context” Bantu Holomisa’s presentation at the Spar Gala Dinner in Durban

2017-06-13T15:02:49+00:00 April 25th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches, Zumagate|

1. What is leadership? If we accept that leadership is a process of social influence which maximises efforts of others towards achievement of a goal, what does it mean in the South African context?   2. What is the South African “goal” Surely it is to give expression to South Africa’s Constitution; specifically, the Bill of Rights. The Country’s basic vision, as detailed in the Constitution, includes our various personal freedoms, property and labour rights, [...]

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UDM condolences with children who died in Bronkhorstspruit accident

2017-04-25T12:38:51+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Road Safety|

Statement by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President We have learnt with some shock and sadness of the twenty learners who were killed in a taxi accident just outside Bronkhorstspruit this afternoon. Incidents like this send chills down the spine. The images in the media, of the severely wrecked vehicles, might suggest that speed was involved. But, it must urgently be established what caused the accident and who is culpable. South Africa can’t afford [...]

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UDM condemns police killings

2017-06-13T15:02:58+00:00 April 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security|

Statement issued by UDM Secretary General, Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement (UDM) sends condolences to the family and friends of the brutally killed police officers while on duty. As UDM, we note with shock and concern the increasing numbers of officials killed throughout the country. The recent killings bring much alarm and it warrants that something should be done urgently. We cannot carry on as if nothing happened. The attack on police is an [...]

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Constitutional Court case: secret ballot for Parliamentary vote on no-confidence motion, President Zuma

2017-05-03T18:10:37+00:00 April 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Zumagate|

Letter from Mr N Kwankwa, UDM Chief Whip to the Speaker of the National Assembly's office re "Motion of No Confidence in the President of the Republic in terms of Section 102 of the Constitution of South Africa and Section 129 of the Rules of the National Assembly" (3 April 2017) - 182KB Letter from Mabuza Attorneys to the Speaker of the National Assembly re "Urgent: Motion of No-Confidence Schedules for 18 April 2017" (6 [...]

Political intolerance : Councillors involved in Johannesburg violence

2017-06-13T15:03:11+00:00 April 19th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

STATEMENT ISSUED BY UDM JOHANNESBURG COUNCILLOR, MS THANDI NONTENJA The political scene in the Greater Johannesburg City Council leaves much to be desired. The fact that an Integrated Development Plan summit in Midrand was violently disrupted and resulted in the injury of several persons is deplorable. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) takes a dim view of this kind of political intolerance which harks back to a violent past and we condemn it in no uncertain [...]

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Towards a National Convention, the UDM writes to leaders of political parties and civil society #OneVision

2017-06-13T15:03:24+00:00 April 18th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters|

Dear Leaders A NATIONAL CONVENTION: THE UDM’s VIEWS ON SOLUTIONS TO THE CRISIS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND LOOKING BEYOND MARCHING FOR THE REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT ZUMA 1. Introduction When South Africans marched under the leadership of the opposition parties at the National Day of Action (12 April 2017), I advised that we cannot march forever, but that we must find a way to converge under one roof to discuss South Africa’s future. The United Democratic [...]

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UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday

2017-06-13T15:03:32+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General As we approach the holiday season, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on drivers to be more vigilant and ensure that travellers reach their destination safe. We must curb the incidents of road rage; drivers and passengers must not be impatient. Pedestrians also must abide by the law and rather use bridges to cross highways. They must also not jay-walk while intoxicated. Let there be no injuries [...]

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#ZumaMustFall: National Day of Action, UDM President Mr BH Holomisa, MP addresses the masses

2017-06-13T15:03:44+00:00 April 12th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|

• My colleagues in other political parties, • Leaders of civil society organisations, • Fellow South Africans from all walks of life! 1. Welcome: • On behalf of the organisers, I welcome each one of you who have made the effort to be here today. • Your presence, as well the wishes of many other freedom-loving South Africans who could not be present, is a testimony that this cause is just. • We should be [...]

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UDM condemns ANC Youth League political intolerance

2017-06-13T15:03:40+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Mosmi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is stunned and disappointed by the violent behaviour displayed by the ruling party’s youth league, African National Congress Youth League towards anti-Zuma protesters. ANC is supposed to be the custodian of our constitution which guarantees the freedom of association. The attacks and threats are totally unacceptable. We are observing the similar behaviour even to the officials who are ANC members in [...]

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#ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

2017-06-13T15:03:54+00:00 April 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Joint media statement As leaders, we shall never abandon our responsibility to put South Africa first. Accordingly, the leadership of the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Agang SA, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement have agreed to give expression to this commitment. We want to make every effort to rescue South Africa from this one-man-made quagmire. President Jacob Zuma, [...]

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