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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 [...]

Former President Nelson Mandela’s legacy

August 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION:ENTRENCHING FORMER PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA’S LEGACY OF DEDICATED AND SELFLESS SERVICE TO BUILDING A SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE SOCIETY ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and members This debate reminds me of a haunting question that Tata Mandela asked me in the early nineties and the question was … “Bantu what happened to all the birds that used to inhabit this place?”. This question would have been occasioned by [...]

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President Zuma to look into issues raised by General Holomisa

July 17th, 2015|Archives, Issues|

Issued by the Office of the Presidency President Jacob Zuma has assigned the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) to look into the issues raised by United Democratic Movement leader and Member of Parliament, Gen. Bantu Holomisa on the challenges facing Moretele Local Municipality, in the North West Province. General Holomisa has written to the President raising concerns about service delivery matters such as water and sanitation, roads infrastructure, public works programmes and general [...]

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UDEMWO is devastated by the recent horrific attack against a 14 year old girl in Grabouw

July 16th, 2015|Archives, Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General   As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) we are devastated by the recent attack on the 14 year old girl in Grabouw, Western Cape. We would like to convey our message of support and wish her a speedy recovery from this horrific attack. This young girl has shown bravery after her brutal attack and was able to name the culprit. This incident is taking us [...]

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Letter to President Jacob Zuma by UDM President Bantu Holomisa – SORRY STATE OF MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN URGENT NEED OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION

July 15th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|

Mr JG Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhuys Private Bag X 1000 Cape Town 8000 Dear Honourable President, RE: SORRY STATE OF MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN URGENT NEED OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION The above mentioned matter has reference. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a community meeting by the Concerned Residents of Moretele Local Municipality in North West Province. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and find solutions to [...]

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Department of Correctional Service is letting down the nation

July 14th, 2015|Archives, Issues|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi -  UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the growing number of prisoners escaping in correctional facilities throughout the country, which sometimes becomes a clear indication that Correctional Service officials might have got a hand in these acts. This has also caused the public to lose hope on state organs due to victims becoming vulnerable and more susceptive to crime, after the culprits have escaped from [...]

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UDM PRESIDENT BANTU HOLOMISA REQUESTS AN INVESTIGATION BY PUBLIC PROTECTOR THULI MADONSELA : DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

July 10th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|

The Public Protector Hillcrest Office Park 175 Lunnon Street Pretoria 0001   Dear Advocate Madonsela   REQUEST FOR AN INVESTIGATION: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT – EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE - SCHOLAR TRANSPORT. I take this opportunity to table the following matter with you, so that you may please investigate it appropriately for the benefit of the South African public. I have anonymously received the attached information alleging maladministration within the Eastern Cape Department of Transport with regard [...]

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Letter by President Bantu Holomisa, MP to President Jacob Zuma – UDM proposes a way forward for Marikana Massacre

July 7th, 2015|Archives, Open Letters|

Mr J G Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhys Private Bag x 1000 Cape Town 8000   Dear Honourable President, RE: UDM propose a way forward for Marikana Massacre August 16, 2015 marks the third anniversary of the Marikana massacre. The Marikana massacre stands out as the worst case of police brutality in the post-Apartheid South Africa, where more than 30 miners were massacred by the South African Police for demanding a [...]

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UDEMWO CALLS FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION ON SAINT BARNABAS HOSPITAL, EASTERN CAPE

June 22nd, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are angered by the ignorance and inhumane treatment by the health workers at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape. Refusing to pay attention to a sickly person is something else but refusing to render the necessary help for a rape victim is grossly inhumane. Rape issue is a very sensitive matter and the more you do [...]

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UDEMWO IS PLEASED BY THE COURT’S DECISION TO DENY BAIL AGAINST CHRISTOPHER PANAYIOTOU

June 12th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the way National Prosecuting Authority has so far handled the Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused case of murdering the innocent Jayde Panayiotou. Panayiotou and the men accused of killing this young woman do not deserve to be back in our communities as they pose a danger not only to the community but to those close to them. [...]

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POLICE MUST REFRAIN FROM USING GRENADES AND LIVE AMMUNITION WHEN DISPERSING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

June 9th, 2015|Archives, Issues|

Statement issued by UDM SECRETARY GENERAL - Mr Bongani Msomi It is with great sadness that during the Youth Month in South Africa we hear of a sad event of a student that was shot and seriously injured by police. This shows that as a country, we are still far from being free. The act by the South African Police Service officials have once again taken us aback and reminded the nation of the sad [...]

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