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The KwaZulu Natal mass murder phenomenon

2018-01-24T15:22:23+00:00 October 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the spate of mass killings in KwaZulu-Natal. It cannot be that, in less than two weeks, more than fifteen people have been killed in almost the same manner – in a hail of gunfire. Eight members of the same family were killed when an unknown person opened fire in Umvoti ; just a few days after a family of five [...]

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#LionMama: UDEMWO welcomes decision to drop charges against Komani mother

2017-11-30T20:02:21+00:00 October 9th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretaty General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) applauds the justice system for dropping the charges against the woman accused of fatally stabbing a man and wounding two others after finding them allegedly raping her daughter in Komani, Eastern Cape. UDEMWO has been vocal in its support for this family, but in particular in support of a woman who the law intended to punish for protecting her daughter. [...]

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#NMURape: security on our university campuses needs urgent attention

2018-01-24T15:25:07+00:00 October 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General   The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the arrest of a man suspected of having raped a female student, stabbing another and robbing them at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in the Eastern Cape.   It is clear that campus security was compromised with the students being accosted in a lab at the NMU Second Avenue Campus. What is of great concern is [...]

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UDM calls for effective action on Cape Flats killings

2017-11-30T20:02:31+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned by the on-going gangsterism feuds that continue claiming lives of the innocent members of the community in the Cape Flats. We have been calling upon the Western Cape government to make swift interventions into this. The past weekend, residents in Marikana informal settlement have witnessed yet again another massacre when more 10 people were murdered in gang [...]

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#UDM20 – address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President on the occasion of the 20-year Anniversary of the UDM

2017-11-30T20:02:54+00:00 September 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Speeches|

1. Welcome Ladies and gentlemen, today, we celebrate two decades of principled political struggle. Thank you for sharing your time and participating in this auspicious occasion. I want us to look back at what we have achieved together in the past, but to also look ahead at what we can achieve, together, working towards a united future. We have every reason to be proud about the past and be optimistic about the future - [...]

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UDM rejects Government’s attempts to tap into PIC funds to bail out failing SOEs

2017-09-26T15:23:01+00:00 September 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, State Owned Enterprises, Zumagate|

The allegations that the Ministry of Finance is trying to access Public Investment Corporation (PIC) funds to bail out failing State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) confirm the United Democratic Movement's (UDM's) long-held suspicion that the mafia styled ruling elite would, once cash-strapped, extend its grubby hands to workers' pensions entrusted to them for safekeeping. The true intention of these transactions is not to bail out struggling SOEs, but rather to ensure that there is enough state [...]

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Heritage Day 2017

2017-09-22T14:13:09+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Heritage, Home, Media statements: UDM|

As the country celebrates another Heritage Month - and Heritage Day on Sunday - the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls for ways to resolve the intolerance and conflict between South Africans, which seems to have become the norm. We face huge challenges of cultural intolerance and racism; and it is taking a toll on South Africans’ psyche. To compound an already challenging set of circumstances, it still shocks that Bell Pottinger was so recklessly used [...]

UDM’s reaction to the DA/PA divorce in Nelson Mandela Bay

2017-09-22T12:21:20+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|

Biased and unproven accusations. Using draft reports, without an audit opinion, not authorised by council. A national party leader quoting from a draft report. Press conferences and excited media reports promoting cheap propaganda based on a misrepresentation of the draft report. An executive mayor declining to comment on a report, because it is a draft – having first drawn vigorous attention to it. Fabrications and distortion of facts to excuse a dubious political marriage of [...]

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BOBANI JUDGEMENT: Why was the UDM’s founding affidavit missing?

2017-09-19T14:21:13+00:00 September 19th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) application in the Port Elizabeth High Court - regarding the reinstatement of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani - had not been heard and shall be represented, in due course, on a non-urgent basis. In the meantime, the UDM will approach the Chief Justice with a request to investigate why the UDM’s founding affidavit had gone missing from [...]

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UDM condemns taxi violence in the Western Cape

2017-09-18T14:13:16+00:00 September 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi – UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the violent attacks on buses, bus drivers and commuters by striking taxi drivers/owners in the Western Cape. Already, there are innocent people that have been injured after buses were pelted with stones and some buses were even torched. This disaster is hot on the heels of the Uber and metered taxi violence in Sandton last week. It cannot be that, [...]

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UDM TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICAL ARENA

2017-09-14T15:57:14+00:00 September 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP - UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) had started its road on the transformation of South Africa into a Winning Nation on 27 September 1997 at the then World Trade Centre in Kempton Park. The Party was born with its feet firmly in the new South Africa. In retrospect, the UDM was ahead of its time. We were the first to bat on the wicket of good [...]

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Police brutality is still a reality in S.A

2017-09-14T14:21:45+00:00 September 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Safety and Security|

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the police brutality displayed at a service delivery protest in Hout Bay in the Western Cape, where a fourteen-year-old boy was allegedly shot in the mouth by security forces. We are appalled that the young boy was not only shot at once, but several times! It means the officer/s had intended to do grievous bodily [...]

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Letter by UDM President Bantu Holomisa to DA leader Mr Mmusi Maimane

2017-09-13T13:16:41+00:00 September 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|

Mr Mmusi Maimane Democratic Alliance Federal Leader   Dear Mr Maimane NELSON MANDELA BAY COALITION: UDM REACTION TO DA’S USE OF PwC “DRAFT REPORT” TO BESMIRCH OUR CLLR BOBANI AND THE UDM: APOLOGY REQUIRED FROM YOU AND YOUR PARTY I refer to the “draft report” which had been prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in terms of which the Democratic Alliance (DA) had masterminded a dubious campaign to remove from office the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Deputy [...]

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Learner gang raped by her teachers

2017-09-12T11:54:16+00:00 September 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja – UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is shocked about reports of a viral video, where a principal and two teachers are gang raping a school girl in KwaZulu-Natal. This act is too insane and disgusting to even contemplate. Parents send their children to school in the hope that, while learning, they are safe. But, these depraved individuals proved us wrong. Even the head of the school, [...]

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UDEMWO is stunned by gang rape case in Komani, EC

2017-09-06T13:40:56+00:00 September 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the incident of a 27 year old woman that was gang raped by three men in Komani, Eastern Cape. The incident that saw one of the rapists being stabbed to death while the other two men were injured by the mother of the victim opens wounds to women. This incident is unfortunate. As the United Democratic [...]

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UDM reacts on South Africa exiting recession with 2.5% of GDP Growth

2017-09-05T14:13:18+00:00 September 5th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR NQABAYOMZI KWANKWA – UDM DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND CHIEF WHIP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the good news of South Africa’s exit from the recession. The poorest of the poor need a better performing economy to take them out of poverty, unemployment and inequality. We hope, corruption which compounds these triple challenges, will also be defeated and buried with urgency, so that this improved economic performance benefits the people; not the [...]

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