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UDEMWO calls for action to arrest Mafevuka’s killers

2016-10-28T20:02:42+00:00 March 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Women's Issues|

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we welcome the arrest of the suspects in the murder case of the 16 year old teenage girl, Franziska Blochliger in Tokai early this week. We commend the police and everyone who made the arrest possible and we hope that the case will not drag long before the alleged perpetrators are brought to book for their horrendous action. In comparison, it is saddening to learn that not [...]

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Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

2016-10-28T20:12:20+00:00 March 9th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Madame Speaker and Honourable Members, The racial strife the #AfrikaansMustFall campaign has caused and other critical issues raised by the #FeesMustFall Movement should rouse us from our deep Rainbow Nation slumber! It is clear that the majority citizens clench pent up frustrations about an economic system that marginalises them and their languages more than two decades since we attained freedom. Kenyan Author, [...]

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Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and the Mthatha High Court

2016-10-28T20:13:23+00:00 March 8th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches, Transport|

Statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane (MP) in the National Assembly Responding to the much published potential loss of the public monies, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) member of the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Mr. Mncedisi Filtane, fielded this question to the Department: “What is that the department if doing about a much publicised potential loss surrounding the stalled road construction of the Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and whose contract value [...]

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Bantu Holomisa writes to SABC about ANC hijacking of Imvuselelo

2016-10-28T20:11:21+00:00 March 8th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Parastatals|

Honourable Minister F Muthambi, The Chairperson of the SABC Board, The Provincial Manager of Umhlobo Wenene ANC HIJACKING OF THE SABC - UMHLOBO WENENE IMVUSELELO PROGRAMME The above matter has reference. I am an ardent follower of the Imvuselelo Programme broadcasted by SABC by Umhlobo Wenene Radio Station. Every Sunday evening, I invest time to listen to this spiritually building programme since the time of the late Reverend Lufafa from the then Radio Transkei. When it was integrated [...]

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Motion of No Confidence in the President

2016-10-28T20:13:53+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|

Address by Mr BH Holomisa MP in Parliament   Hon Speaker and Hon Members The South African electoral system does not enable the electorate to directly elect a President of the country. Contrary, South Africans vote for a political party which in turn appoints a President. It is therefore a duty of the ruling party to ensure that its candidate serves the nation with distinction and in accordance with the oath of office as prescribed in [...]

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The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

2016-10-28T20:03:33+00:00 February 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members Although agricultural sector’s relative contribution to the gross domestic product of the country is small and still declining, it nevertheless plays an important role in the creation of wealth and safety nets in South Africa, specifically in the rural areas. Drought has severely affected the country’s agricultural productivity capacity and thus affecting negatively our Gross Domestic Product. It affects both crop and livestock [...]

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Consideration of report of PC on Public Works on Expropriation Bill – Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament

2016-10-28T20:05:14+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Home, Public Works, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker and members Chapter 2, section 9 and subsection 3 of the Constitution provides, “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race…”. Most relevant to the debate this afternoon is section 25 of the constitution. Subsection 7 provides, “A person or community dispossessed of property after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices is entitled, to the extent [...]

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UDM condemns service disruptions by ANC in Ingquza Hill Municipality

2016-10-28T20:16:31+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Service delivery|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the disruption of public services due to internal strife amongst the African National Congress members in the Ingquza Hill Municipality. Most affected areas include ward 21 eMcobothini, ward 20 Hombe, and ward 16 Nkunzimbini. It is reported that this problem started three weeks ago when community members affiliated to the ruling party were not pleased with the Ward Councillors that are deployed in the affected areas. This has led [...]

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SONA Debate: UDM comments on the reply by the President

2016-10-28T20:22:07+00:00 February 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SONA, Speeches|

The United Democratic Movement welcomes the comment made by the President in response to our call for an All-Inclusive National Economic Transformation Indaba. Notwithstanding his fears, we remain convinced that South Africans from all political and socio-economic persuasions are prepared to do everything possible for the growth and development of our economy. As South Africans did with the political transition, decided to embrace each other irrespective of different ideological positions and a painful experience, surely [...]

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Bantu Holomisa writes to the Speaker of the NA re Gupta Family

2016-10-28T20:32:02+00:00 February 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters, Parastatals|

REFERENCE ARTICLES: Reference articles... • Mining Minister’s Gupta Trip • Name: Van Rooyen’s two Gupta ‘advisers’ who almost hijacked SA Treasury • Duarte denies abuse of office • Why the Gupta family’s alleged deal with Denel is dubious • Denel and Gupta venture ‘illegal’ • Gupta-Zuma Firm gets 10th of Richards Bay Coal Export Rights • Nuclear energy: Gupta’ power play (Shive Uranium) Dear Honourable Speaker THE THREAT PRESENTED BY THE GUPTA FAMILY TO THE SECURITY [...]

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SONA Debate: contribution by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the Joint Sitting of Parliament

2016-10-28T20:19:09+00:00 February 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker, President and Honourable Members The drought that has visited our land has affected big, small, formal and informal farming sector, depending on their proximity to a scarce source of water. In this regard, United Democratic Movement suggests that, drought relief interventions, whether at a planning or implementation stage, should deliberately target the small and informal farmers too, as their contribution in providing food security and fight poverty, is relevant and significant. Honourable Speaker [...]

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2016 SONA debate: contribution by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP

2016-10-28T21:24:08+00:00 February 16th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP IN PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA   Hon Speaker, Hon President and Members The South African economic situation demands that we adopt an approach that is all inclusive and pragmatic. One of the credits to our country is our ability to resolve challenges through dialogue. Perhaps in resolving the current economic crisis, we need to borrow from our recent past. CODESA delivered political liberation with more still [...]

UDM SONA Expectations

2016-10-28T20:34:16+00:00 February 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SONA|

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement expects the President to outline: How is the government going to bring concrete and realistic solutions to our economic woes: Instead of the consumptive policies that the current leadership is obsessed with characterised by targeted corrupt consumption like in the case of pension fund in which Nedlac failed to play its role. It would be a bold and positive stance if the President was [...]

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Zuma must go

2016-10-28T20:33:29+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDESMO, Zumagate|

Zuma has no respect for the people of this country. He has embarrassed his own colleagues in the ruling party, in the process compromised the morale fibre of this country. His pronouncement is nothing less of electioneering. The people of South Africa must continue to hold the President and government to account. His attempt to want to avoid further embarrassment and ridicule by the Constitutional Court, should be rejected at all costs. The Constitutional Court [...]

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UDM calls for Commission Of Inquiry on ARV crisis, Free State

2016-10-28T20:34:46+00:00 February 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi. UDM Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement (UDM), we are stunned by the dire situation of ARV treatment shortage for HIV positive patients in the Free State province. The problem has led to many patients defaulting on their treatment as they have not received medication since October last year while at some parts of the province the problem began as early as June. We cannot fold our arms and [...]

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KSD ready for 2016 Local Government Elections

2016-10-28T20:24:06+00:00 January 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|

Statement issued by UDM KSD Electoral Task Team The UDM in the KSD is ready for the 2016 Local Government Elections. Guided by our national manifesto, which was adopted and launched in our 5th National Congress held in December 2015; we are finalising our localised KSD version of the manifesto. In our local manifesto, we will focus on Good Governance. In this regard, the rule of law shall be a system on which proper local [...]

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