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Diverting ratepayers’ funds in Beacon Bay, Buffalo City

September 30th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Open Letters|

Honourable Mr JG Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Honourable Mr Pravin Gordhan Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dear Mr President and Minister DIVERTING RATEPAYERS FUNDS IN BEACON BAY, BUFFALO CITY MUNICIPALITY The above matter has reference. A group of ratepayers residing in Beacon Bay, Buffalo City Municipality in the Eastern Cape have for period of three to four years, decided to divert their rates to a separate bank account held [...]

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March against corruption on 30 of September 2015

September 29th, 2015|2015 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The march against corruption on the 30th of September 2015, is consistent with the UDM position well-articulated in our 2014 Manifesto. Indeed corruption undermines and destroys the liberties enshrined in the country’s constitution, for which many paid the supreme price. This country can never succeed in eradicating poverty, create employment and reduce inequality if corruption is allowed to be the order of the day. The gains of our freedom and rights of citizens are undermined. [...]

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Weapons in Radovan Krejir’s cell is pure anarchy

September 29th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi: UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is calling for an end on access of mobile phones and dangerous weapons inside correctional service centres. The Party has been calling for stringent security measures to be put in place in prisons to avoid crimes that are being done by prisoners while incarcerated. The access to these weapons and equipment show clearly that the police officers, prison warders and everyone else are [...]

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UDM reacts to the appointment of Mthandazo Ntlemeza as new head of the Hawks

September 14th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued  by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the appointment of Mthandazo Berning Ntlemeza as the new head of Hawks. It remains to been seen whether the statement made by the Pretoria High Court Judge, Elias Matojane, who earlier this year found him as a liar and dishonest person was untrue and baseless. We hope that Ntlemeza is not blowing his own horn and start to deliver. It [...]

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Ongoing scourge of corruption in SA

September 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Speeches|

address Mr ML Filtane MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker and members Corruption, poverty eradication, job opportunity creation and closing the gap between the poor and the rich, are permanent enemies who cannot share the same bed. It undermines the people and it renders their freedom unstable and insecure, making it impossible to achievement the kind of society envisaged in the Constitution of the Republic. A quick account on the effects of corruption over the [...]

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Unemployed graduates

September 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher education, Home, Speeches|

address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and members According to the 2014 Statistic South Africa Quarterly Labour Force Survey 4, the unemployment rate amongst men with tertiary qualification ranged from 1.9% to 11% whilst amongst women with the same qualification ranged from 2.5% to 16.1%. Looking at Thembinkosi Phakathi, a 22 year old Public Relations graduate from the Durban University of Technology, standing at the corner of Rivonia Road and [...]

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Fight against the murder of police officers

September 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|

Addres by Mr LB Gaehler EC NCOP MP in the National Council of Province Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members In the light of the continuing increase on the number of police officers murdered, this year alone, the country needs to consider a number of interventions to respond to this matter of national concern. Amongst others, there is a need to insist that anyone becoming National Police Commissioner must have a certain amount of police operational experience. [...]

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UDEMWO reiterates call for the review of the parole system

September 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is calling for denial of parole to a man who shot and injured his ex-wife Precious Eland and while on bail he shot and killed his lover, Mabel Kobe. As UDEMWO, we have been calling for the reviewal of the parole system as we believe that it is not being applied appropriately. Once more, the justice system has failed to [...]

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UDM wins Ward 30 in the Nelson Mandela Metro

August 20th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is pleased to win Ward 30 in the Nelson Mandela Metro By-Elections that were conducted yesterday. This is a big achievement for us as a Party and it shows that UDM is growing. We would like to congratulate Councillor Mandla Faltein for his undying hard work. Well done to him for all the effort. Faltein grew up within the Party and he knows the philosophy of the Organisation of putting [...]

“Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform?” – Daily Dispatch Dialogue

August 18th, 2015|2015 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Speeches|

Daily Dispatch Dialogue on – 18 August 2015, Guild Theater, East London at 18h40. TOPIC: “Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform.” By Mr Bantu Holomisa, President of the United Democratic Movement and Member of Parliament. Programme Director, Fellow Panellists and Participants, good evening. Let me from the onset, acknowledge and welcome the great and timely contribution by Mama Bam on one of the most important matter of national interest. Indeed Electoral Systems do play a [...]

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National Women’s Day

August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues|

ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Women United in moving South Africa forward Honourable Speaker and Members Despite progress reported in the Report on the Status of Women in South Africa; most rural women and girls are still facing more obstacles in gaining access to public service, social protection, decent employment opportunities, and markets and other institutions. The voice of rural women must be [...]

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UDM condolences to the Orange Farm fire victims

August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi: UDM Secretary General   The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to convey a message of condolence to the family of 5 children who lost their lives during a shack fire in Orange Farm, Johannesburg. This is such a tragic and it could have been avoided if the ANC led government had fulfilled its promise of eradicating shack building throughout the country by the year 2014 which has come and [...]

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UDEMWO calls for the protection of rape victims

August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are saddened to witness growing numbers of abuse towards women while we are still celebrating the women’s month in South Africa. The rape of the 23 year old woman in Nkanini - Khayelitsha while her boyfriend was shot and killed trying to protect her is really inhumane that is why we are calling upon the South African Police [...]

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Submission of the Opposition Parties to the Ad Hoc Committee on Nkandla- ANC rejected it

August 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Nkandlagate|

THE AD-HOC COMMITTEE ON THE REPORT OF THE MINISTER OF POLICE TO PARLIAMENT ON THE SECURITY UPGRADES AT THE NKANDLA PRIVATE RESIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT A.  STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT 1. This report is in two parts. The first part addresses itself to the legality and constitutionality of the process that has culminated in the appointment of the Ad Hoc Committee. The second part, to the extent that it is relevant, addresses the content [...]

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Advancing the developmental agenda of municipalities for a better life for our people

August 6th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Address by Mr LB Gaehler in the NCOP Hon Chairperson and Honourable Members The ruling party is failing the development agenda of municipalities at the expense of the poor rural masses of our people. The visit to the OR Tambo District has exposed this as a fact. People of Port St Johns and Nyandeni had to take to the streets, in demand for the upgrading and maintenance of the roads which are in a devastating [...]

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UDM Parliamentary Caucus denounces the Ad-hoc Committee on Nkandla as flawed and against the law

August 6th, 2015|2015 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Nkandlagate, Uncategorized|

Statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa   After deliberations this morning the Caucus resolved as follows regarding the Nkandla Ad Hoc committee: 1. The new Ad-hoc committee process has not changed the original position of the UDM that the President must not use the Executive and Parliament to undermine the report of the Public Protector, but should in line with legal prescripts; approach the appropriate court for a judicial review. 2. Irrespective of the findings [...]