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Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court

2017-03-09T16:15:28+00:00 October 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement has noted that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been issued with a formal summons to appear in court in relation to the South African Revenue Services “rogue unit”. While we believe that no-one is above the law, this matter must be handled with the utmost care so that it does not have an adverse effect on the South African economy. We already heard that the rand tanked with 2.93% within minutes [...]

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UDM input at a meeting of the leaders of opposition parties and universities’ vice chancellors

2017-03-09T16:15:37+00:00 October 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Discussion Documents, Higher and Basic Education, Home|

Thank you for affording the United Democratic Movement (UDM) the opportunity to participate in this meeting and contribute to a discussion that will hopefully find lasting solutions to the current impasse at our higher education institutions. 1. Introduction During the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, I was privileged to be chosen as part of the Top 8 persons who campaigned for the African National Congress (ANC). We crossed the length and breadth [...]

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Bantu Holomisa requests meeting of political leaders and IEC regarding ANC leadership’s criticism of Mr Terry Tselane

2016-10-28T18:58:24+00:00 September 26th, 2016|2016 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|

Dear Mr Mashinini REQUEST FOR AN URGENT MEETING OF THE LEADERS OF ALL POLITICAL PARTIES REPRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT The above matter has reference. It has come to my attention that the African National Congress (ANC) has declared the Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), Mr Terry Tselane, an enemy. It is alleged that, at the IEC National Results Centre (in Pretoria) for the 2016 Municipal Elections, the Secretary General of the [...]

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Towards a National Convention: a UDM proposal to Cope, EFF and UF

2016-10-28T19:44:54+00:00 August 14th, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Discussion Documents, Home, Political Realignment|

BACKGROUND Reference is made to our meeting held on Sunday the 7th of August this instant, in which we produced a guide for engaging other parties, in particular the ANC and the DA, on a possible coalition governments in some of the local councils. You will recall that in the guide document we proposed that there be a National Convention which, many citizens have welcomed and viewed it as an initiative to create hope for [...]

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2016 Municipal Election: A collective view arising out of a meeting held on between the UDM, EFF, COPE and UF: a guide to engage with the ANC and the DA

2016-10-28T19:44:43+00:00 August 7th, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Discussion Documents, Home, Political Realignment|

INTRODUCTION The 2016 Municipal Election was a watershed for our country with the advent of a possible cooperation of political parties. Emphatically, the electorate have spoken loudly against one party arrogant dominance, corruption, nepotism, the disregard of the rule of law, the failure to provide basic quality services, and mediocre in the sea of poverty, unemployment and inequality. In this regard, they have in not less than 27 municipalities, decided to test all political party’s [...]

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UDM reacts to Zuma – ANC’s ‪‎CountdownToVictory

2016-10-28T18:40:41+00:00 July 15th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

Mr Jacob Zuma should rather look at his organisation which is currently contradicting the positive gains of our history under his leadership. Who has ever thought that a liberated South Africa would be led by a questionable character like himself who lavishly and exclusively spends taxpayers monies without having any regrets, thereby superseding the negative conduct of former Apartheid Presidents. Shockingly superseding! His organization is promoting lawlessness and politics of thuggery as we speak. Realistically, [...]

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UDEMWO condemns reckless drivers on the roads

2016-10-28T19:57:51+00:00 July 13th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Transport|

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the Eastern Cape nurses who were killed on their way to the graduation ceremony in Alice while others were seriously injured. This is such a sad time for the health fraternity, not only in the Eastern Cape but to all health workers and South Africans. The whole country is in mourning during this unbearable [...]

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Mandileni Communities without water: Bantu Holomisa’s letter to Minister Mokonyane

2016-10-28T18:51:34+00:00 July 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Service delivery|

Dear Minister Mokonyane MANDILENI COMMUNITIES IN THE EASTERN CAPE SUFFER BECAUSE OF LACK OF WATER SUPPLY – WE SEEK YOUR INTERVENTION During my recent travels through the country on the campaign trail, I visited the Mandileni community outside Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, 7 July 2016. The people in this community suffer a number of hardships and complain of a lack of service delivery; most notably the lack of a reliable, healthy [...]

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Condolence with the passing away of Dumisani (Mazola) Mafu

2016-10-28T18:56:47+00:00 July 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|

Receiving news of the untimely departure of Dumisani Mazola Mafu is with immense distress and profound sadness. His passing away robs us of one of the greatest sons of our people, a former Commander of Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) in particular in the then Transkei Region, a leader and a friend to many. Mazola is the former MK soldier and commander, and he was a link between the then Transkei Defence Force and MK in Lusaka. [...]

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Unfullfilled promise for provision of electricity at Mqhele A/A , Xhora, Mbhashe Municipality- EC

2016-10-28T19:45:37+00:00 July 4th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Service delivery|

Dear Honourable Minister Joemat-Pettersson and Eastern Cape MEC F Xasa UNFULLFILLED PROMISE FOR PROVISION OF ELECTRICITY AT MQHELE A/A , XHORA, MBHASHE MUNICIPALITY – EASTERN CAPE The above matter has reference. Here under is a complaint laid to me in a meeting I was invited to by the community of Mqhele on 30 June 2016, held at their community hall. Their main complaint is lack of fulfillment by authorities who promised them that their area [...]

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UDM condemns violent protests in Tshwane

2016-10-28T19:45:51+00:00 June 21st, 2016|2016 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM, Service delivery|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the direction this country is taking under the leadership of the ruling party, ANC. Currently, Tshwane is in flames, with disgruntled ANC members are taking to the streets burning tyres and destroying the little that the community has. We condemn, amongst others, the looting of shops, burning of cars, damage to private properties and harming of innocent lives. These reckless acts by the protesters are unacceptable. The [...]

Bantu Holomisa writes to the Public Protector regarding alleged abuse by CETA CEO

2016-10-28T19:16:12+00:00 May 24th, 2016|2016 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Corruption and clean governance, Open Letters|

Dear Advocate Madonsela ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE REQUESTED INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER CONDUCT/MALADMINISTRATION AND ABUSE OF OFFICE BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY (CETA): FORENSIC INVESTIGATION REPORT My letter dated 9 February 2016, sent to your good office on the same day has reference. Subsequently, I wish to bring to your attention that a forensic investigation by CETA has been concluded and that a report was presented to [...]

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Bantu Holomisa’s remarks to the Cape Town Press Club: President Zuma

2016-10-28T19:46:06+00:00 May 19th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|

Greetings: Chairperson, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you very much for sharing this platform with me today. The electioneering season has begun and all of us are on the streets, to once again connect with the electorate. Chairperson, the United Democratic Movement in its 5th National Congress held in December 2015, amongst others; declared corruption as a national threat to sustainable development of the country and its citizens as it directly affects good governance and economic [...]

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Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

2016-10-28T19:48:25+00:00 May 13th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|

Statement by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly The closing remarks by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. Baleka Mbete during the debate on the Parliamentary budget are shocking and preposterous. Her condonation of the abuse of public money by the Parliamentary officials, who blew R1m on a holiday spree in London, led by the Secretary of Parliament, is a clear demonstration of arrogance and abuse of power. Ms. Mbete has absolved the [...]

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UDESMO mourns for Wits students

2016-10-28T19:26:56+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDESMO|

Statement issued by Akhona Bavu, UDESMO Chairperson   The United Democratic Student Movement (UDESMO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the University students that were involved in a horrible car crash that has claimed their lives in Limpopo yesterday. This is such a sad time for the higher institution fraternity, not only for Wits University but to all South Africans. The whole country is in mourning during [...]

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Debate on Budget Vote 24 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

2016-10-28T19:48:35+00:00 April 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP  in Parliament   Honourable Speaker and members   The United Democratic Movement (UDM), supports the budget vote with the following comments. Although the Department manages 64 000 hectors of category B and C of plantations, there is no budget for the revitalisation of these plantations through which process, jobs could have been created. In the meantime there is a huge national demand for sawlog timber. South Africa could soon [...]

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