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UDM wishes matriculants luck

October 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi,UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes the Matric class of 2015 the best of luck with their final exams that have commenced today throughout the country. These exams are crucial in determining your future through education and all of your efforts and hard work will improve your chances of making better career choices. The country has witnessed many protests that have led to the disruption of school attendance [...]

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PE Ward 30 service delivery challenges

October 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Service delivery|

LETTER TO PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA, MINISTER PRAVIN GORDHAN AND MAYOR DANNY JORDAAN BY UDM PRESIDENT BANTU HOLOMISA Honourable Mr D Jordaan Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality First Floor City Hall Vuyisile Mini Square Port Elizabeth Honourable Mr Pravin Gordhan Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Republic of South Africa 120 Plein Street, Floor 11 Room 1110 Cape Town 8000 Honourable Mr JG Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhuys [...]

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Advancing Infrastructure Investment and Development for better Services to Communities

October 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|

  Hon Chairperson and Members A well targeted, strategic and access to comprehensive set of basic infrastructure services, is essential to attain social and economic goals and ensure equal opportunity for all people to participate in a country’s economy. Although numerous laws and policies intended to improve people’s quality of life and promote economic and social transformation were introduced since the dawn of democracy, such have achieved mixed successes and the people are still experiencing [...]

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Police attack against students

October 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher education, Home, Police brutality|

Statement issued by UDM President, Bantu Holomisa The brutal attack by police directed against the peacefully protesting students of the Nelson Mandela Municipality University and other Universities in the country, resembles the apartheid government’s response during the mid-1970s to the mid-1980 student uprising against Bantu Education. If one poor student loses his or her life as a result of the police actions, will not be surprised, Marikana has taught us, that even under democracy, a [...]

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UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

October 19th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) condemns the ruthless and inhumane incident that took place over the weekend where a young woman was gang raped by 12 men in front of their partners while the other woman managed to escape. Their partners were then tied up and drowned in a dam in Kensington, Johannesburg. This is such a disgusting and dreadful attack that cannot be [...]

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UDM reacts to SCA decision on SABC coup

October 9th, 2015|2015 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by President Bantu Holomisa, MP Statement on the Supreme Court of Appeal Judgement delivered on the 8th of October 2015 on a matter between SABC, Minister of Communication, Chief Operations Officer of the SABC and the Democratic Alliance The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on the 8th of October 2015. This judgement vindicates what we have always understood to be the powers of [...]

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Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

October 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General In the wake of new born babies being abandoned and deserted throughout the country, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is calling for harsh actions against those responsible for these inhumane acts. The abandonment of babies has become a norm and it is not acceptable at all. This is a problem that has gotten out hand. A lot must be done by government with society [...]

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UDM calls DA to order

October 1st, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa-UDM Chief Whip The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed and disappointed by the racist social media post attributed to the Democratic Alliance (DA) Honourable Dianne Kohler-Barnard. There is no other way to read and understand these reckless comments than as pure racism and an endorsement of the apartheid system. We cannot allow Honourable Kohler-Barnard to glorify and romanticize the diabolic system of apartheid. She will recall that under PW Botha’s regime [...]

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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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