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#ZumaMustFall: Opposition united behind putting SA first

2017-06-13T15:05:57+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment, Zumagate|

Opposition Programme of Action This Programme of Action stems from already existing partnerships and other ad hoc co-operation arrangements which exist in the country’s metros and other municipalities, where the Opposition governs for all residents, regardless of their political affiliation. The opposition-led metros serve as important platforms to show what the Opposition can do for the people of South Africa, which present a tangible example of the work that we can do, when we united [...]

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UDM Chief Whip asks the NA Speaker for urgent debate on President Zuma motion of no confidence

2017-06-13T15:06:06+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|

Dear Madam Speaker 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 With his unexplained, and seemingly unilateral, cabinet reshuffle the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr JG Zuma, has effectively relegated the South African economy to junk status. Whether he considered the consequences his decision seems doubtful. South Africans will [...]

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April Fool’s joke? Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle

2017-06-13T15:06:13+00:00 March 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement has noted President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle. The appointment of Malusi Gigaba as the new minister of finance is disconcerting, because of his clear association with the Gupta family. President Zuma is strengthening his hold on cabinet with the appointment of Sfiso Buthelezi as Gigaba’s deputy and it won’t be surprising if people start dismissing these two as indunas from the palace whose main objective would be to facilitate the further looting [...]

UDM mourns the loss of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada

2017-06-13T15:06:20+00:00 March 28th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|

The United Democratic Movement is saddened to hear that Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has passed away after his brief illness. Another giant has left this earth. I first met Kathy in 1989, in Mthatha, just after his and his comrades’ release from Robben Island. I was impressed with his quiet fortitude and dignity. He was part of a crop of leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) that we will forever idealise because of their [...]

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The People’s Parliament must get its priorities right: Parliamentary oversight visits are not properly resourced

2017-06-13T15:06:28+00:00 March 27th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Parliamentary oversight|

Letter written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, from Mr N Kwankwa, MP (UDM Chief Whip in the National Assembly) Dear Madam Speaker THE PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT MUST GET ITS PRIORITIES RIGHT: PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT VISITS ARE NOT PROPERLY RESOURCED This matter has reference. Last week, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, went to Johannesburg for an oversight visit. The visit pertained to the resolution of [...]

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SASSA Constitutional Court judgement is an indictment of the Zuma Administration

2017-06-13T15:06:47+00:00 March 17th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|

statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes the Constitutional Court’s instruction that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) are under obligation to continue to pay social grants on 1 April until another entity is able to do so. The ANC government has more-or-less blackmailed the Constitutional Court, for if it should have happened that social grants were not paid on time, Government [...]

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Human Rights Day 2017 debate

2017-06-13T15:06:39+00:00 March 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Human rights, Speeches|

Address by Mr LB Gaehler, UDM Member of Parliament in the National Council of Provinces: Eastern Cape Honourable Chairperson, and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) acknowledges that we, as a Country, have come far in terms of ensuring that all South Africans enjoy equal human rights. For that we are thankful. However, in its January world-report, Human Rights Watch said that South Africa “continued to face a number of human rights challenges” and [...]

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Deductions from SASSA monies – Follow-up question to the President by Bantu Holomisa

2017-03-16T16:31:37+00:00 March 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Questions in Parliament, Social development and welfare|

Question: 4 from Ms. L. L. van der Merwe (IFP) to the President Original Question: What steps does he intend to take against the Minister of Social Development who has allegedly led her department into a national grant pay-out crisis which puts the lives of the most vulnerable citizens at risk and allegedly shown a complete disregard for the rule of law and the Constitutional Court ruling of 2014 which declared the CPS/NET1 contract invalid [...]

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SA Social Agency’s grant payment crisis and the steps taken to deal with the matter

2017-06-13T15:06:55+00:00 March 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Social development and welfare, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker, and Honourable Members South Africans and, in particular, the poorest of the poor (whose livelihood by right) depend on social grants, must now place their hopes on the Constitutional Court to defend their rights and restore their dignity. The Constitutional Court must force our embarrassed government to pay the beneficiaries and to do so on time. Under normal circumstances, this matter should have been occasioned by an investigation of a judicial commission of [...]

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The UDM on the recent increase in farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa

2017-03-14T14:56:10+00:00 March 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Farm Attacks and Rural Crime, Home, Rural Development and Land Reform, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa Honourable Speaker and Honourable members I wish to preface my contribution to this debate by saying that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is keenly aware of the plight of farmers who have fallen victim to what we generally call “farm attacks”. The UDM, without reservation, condemns these acts of violence and murder, and lawlessness that has the daily characteristics of [...]

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SASSA social grants chaos: Zuma and Dlamini must go

2017-06-13T15:07:02+00:00 March 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) finds the revelations by today’s Sunday Times as damning of President Jacob Zuma, as it is of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini. The Minister acted on the basis of unsolicited advice from the President’s special- and legal adviser, Mr Michael Hulley, and despite the concerns and protestations of developmental officials and the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa). She undermined and defied the sound legal advice of one of [...]

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Consideration of 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and Report of Standing Committee on Finance – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

2017-06-13T15:07:10+00:00 March 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker and Honourable members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and the Report of the Standing Committee on Finance. We appreciate that the Minister, as always, tried his best, notwithstanding the difficult circumstances occasioned by the bold call from the President for a budget that responds to the Radical Socio-Economic Transformation path as adopted by government. This was a very difficult expectation given the hard fact of [...]

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Integrity in the Public Sphere – address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President)

2017-06-13T15:12:00+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Bantu Holomisa with Judge Albie Sachs • Dr Marianne Camerer, chair of this panel discussion • My co-panellist, Judge Albie Sachs • Colleagues and Emerging African Leaders 1. Learning integrity throughout my life I started my journey with integrity when I first learnt of trust, and accepting personal responsibility, as a herd-boy. Without these values, the cattle were not properly tended to and brought home safe in the evenings. In the early Seventies, [...]

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Payment of social grants to beneficiaries – statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP – UDM National Deputy Chairperson

2017-06-13T15:07:16+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s commitment in regards to the payment of social grants on the 1st of April 2017. However, South Africans must not be blinded. This is a self-created crisis by the most uncaring and reckless administration we have had since the dawn of democracy. After the appearance by the Minister of Social Development in front of the Scopa Parliamentary Committee on Tuesday the 7th of March 2017, UDM [...]

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UDM calls for effective rescue on the mine accident in Boksburg – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

2017-06-13T15:07:30+00:00 March 1st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SA Mining Industry|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the horrible accident of the 5-year-old boy who fell into a mine shaft while playing with friends in Boksburg last Saturday. The UDM calls for effective rescue assistance in making sure that the boy is brought back. We cannot allow a similar incident to that of Lilly Mine be repeated where mine workers were never recovered with authorities implying instability of the ground. A lot more effort [...]

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UDM condemns attacks on foreign nationals – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

2017-06-13T15:07:22+00:00 February 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns in strongest terms the violent march that is currently taking place in Pretoria and surroundings. The march that was allegedly aimed at highlighting the high level of crimes engulfing our country and it is believed that these crimes are perpetrated by foreign nationals who are in the country illegally. As an Organisation, we understand where our people are coming from. There is no employment, human trafficking and prostitution are [...]

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