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UDM’s well wishes for Easter Holiday

2017-06-13T15:03:32+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement by Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General As we approach the holiday season, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on drivers to be more vigilant and ensure that travellers reach their destination safe. We must curb the incidents of road rage; drivers and passengers must not be impatient. Pedestrians also must abide by the law and rather use bridges to cross highways. They must also not jay-walk while intoxicated. Let there be no injuries [...]

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#ZumaMustFall: National Day of Action, UDM President Mr BH Holomisa, MP addresses the masses

2017-06-13T15:03:44+00:00 April 12th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|

• My colleagues in other political parties, • Leaders of civil society organisations, • Fellow South Africans from all walks of life! 1. Welcome: • On behalf of the organisers, I welcome each one of you who have made the effort to be here today. • Your presence, as well the wishes of many other freedom-loving South Africans who could not be present, is a testimony that this cause is just. • We should be [...]

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UDM condemns ANC Youth League political intolerance

2017-06-13T15:03:40+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement issued by Bongani Mosmi - UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is stunned and disappointed by the violent behaviour displayed by the ruling party’s youth league, African National Congress Youth League towards anti-Zuma protesters. ANC is supposed to be the custodian of our constitution which guarantees the freedom of association. The attacks and threats are totally unacceptable. We are observing the similar behaviour even to the officials who are ANC members in [...]

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#ZumaMustFall: The Opposition is united in Putting South Africa, and Its Citizens, First

2017-06-13T15:03:54+00:00 April 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Joint media statement As leaders, we shall never abandon our responsibility to put South Africa first. Accordingly, the leadership of the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Agang SA, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement have agreed to give expression to this commitment. We want to make every effort to rescue South Africa from this one-man-made quagmire. President Jacob Zuma, [...]

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UDM calls for investigation into death of poisoned minors

2017-06-13T15:05:44+00:00 April 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Health, 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 families of two minors that were killed after an alleged consumption of food poison in the Western Cape meanwhile others are still in a critical condition in hospital. This is tragic and we are calling for a speedy investigation into finding the origins of the food they had ingested and someone [...]

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Understanding the UDM, Bantu Holomisa’s contribution at ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program

2017-06-13T15:04:58+00:00 April 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Speeches|

• Programme Director, • Future Leaders, • Ladies and Gentlemen. 1. Introduction Before I launch into the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) vision and policy on certain issues, I want to sketch a bit of background of how we started, since that informs much of our policy and work. Almost twenty years ago, after I was unceremoniously expelled from the African National Congress (ANC), I started a consultation process with South Africans on the need for [...]

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UDEMWO condemns attacks on young Cape Town girls

2017-06-13T15:04:42+00:00 April 5th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and disturbed by the recent brutal rape and murder of 11-year-old Stacha Arendse whose body was found dumped in an open field not far from her home in Tafelsig. This atrocity happened within just a few days after the body of murdered Rene Tracy Roman (13), was discovered in a house on the same street where she [...]

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UDM writes to Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence to request urgent meeting to quiz origins of the so-called Intelligence Report

2017-06-13T15:04:51+00:00 April 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Intelligence, Open Letters, Zumagate|

Dear Mr Nqakula REQUEST FOR URGENT MEETING: JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE The above matter refers. In my capacity as a member of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, I request that you convene an urgent meeting of the Committee to consider the widely reported and circulated ‘Intelligence Report’ [the Report] that purportedly has been the central reason for the change of leadership in the National Treasury. In order for the Committee to be [...]

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Negative impact of Zuma’s cabinet shuffle: South Africa hits junk status

2017-06-13T15:05:06+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has caused “radical economic transformation” of a different kind with Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global announcement that South Africa's sovereign credit rating has been downgraded to BB+. We might as well use the term “junk status” to describe our government. Mr Zuma bandies this phrase about, making a sweeping statement, without any clear policy detailing what his radical economic transformation entails. This not only confuses South Africans, but any international would-be [...]

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#ZumaMustFall: Opposition united behind putting SA first

2017-06-13T15:05:57+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment, Zumagate|

Opposition Programme of Action This Programme of Action stems from already existing partnerships and other ad hoc co-operation arrangements which exist in the country’s metros and other municipalities, where the Opposition governs for all residents, regardless of their political affiliation. The opposition-led metros serve as important platforms to show what the Opposition can do for the people of South Africa, which present a tangible example of the work that we can do, when we united [...]

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UDM Chief Whip asks the NA Speaker for urgent debate on President Zuma motion of no confidence

2017-06-13T15:06:06+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|

Dear Madam Speaker MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC IN TERMS OF SECTION 102 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH AFRICA AND SECTION 129 OF THE RULES OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY With his unexplained, and seemingly unilateral, cabinet reshuffle the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr JG Zuma, has effectively relegated the South African economy to junk status. Whether he considered the consequences his decision seems doubtful. South Africans will [...]

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April Fool’s joke? Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle

2017-06-13T15:06:13+00:00 March 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement has noted President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle. The appointment of Malusi Gigaba as the new minister of finance is disconcerting, because of his clear association with the Gupta family. President Zuma is strengthening his hold on cabinet with the appointment of Sfiso Buthelezi as Gigaba’s deputy and it won’t be surprising if people start dismissing these two as indunas from the palace whose main objective would be to facilitate the further looting [...]

UDM mourns the loss of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada

2017-06-13T15:06:20+00:00 March 28th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|

The United Democratic Movement is saddened to hear that Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has passed away after his brief illness. Another giant has left this earth. I first met Kathy in 1989, in Mthatha, just after his and his comrades’ release from Robben Island. I was impressed with his quiet fortitude and dignity. He was part of a crop of leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) that we will forever idealise because of their [...]

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The People’s Parliament must get its priorities right: Parliamentary oversight visits are not properly resourced

2017-06-13T15:06:28+00:00 March 27th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Parliamentary oversight|

Letter written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, from Mr N Kwankwa, MP (UDM Chief Whip in the National Assembly) Dear Madam Speaker THE PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT MUST GET ITS PRIORITIES RIGHT: PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT VISITS ARE NOT PROPERLY RESOURCED This matter has reference. Last week, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, went to Johannesburg for an oversight visit. The visit pertained to the resolution of [...]

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SASSA Constitutional Court judgement is an indictment of the Zuma Administration

2017-06-13T15:06:47+00:00 March 17th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|

statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes the Constitutional Court’s instruction that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) are under obligation to continue to pay social grants on 1 April until another entity is able to do so. The ANC government has more-or-less blackmailed the Constitutional Court, for if it should have happened that social grants were not paid on time, Government [...]

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