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Police must refrain from using grenades and live ammunition when dispersing members of the public

June 9th, 2015|2015 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Youth Issues|

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 times during the apartheid era when students were shot and [...]

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Subject for dicussion: The relevance of symbols in building a new democratic heritage – addresss by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the National Assembly

June 8th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Hon Speaker and members Steve Biko once said, “As long as blacks are suffering from inferiority complex as a result of 300 years of deliberate oppression, denigration and division, they will be useless as co-architects of a normal society where man has nothing else but man for his own sake”. In this regard, he called for a liberation from mental enslavement. The historical and heritage symbols play an important part in defining our present, the [...]

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SUBJECT FOR DEBATE: Vote 02: Parliament

June 8th, 2015|Archives, Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr LB Gaehler MP - EC in the National NCOP Hon Chairperson and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments with regard to the enhancement of public involvement to realise meaningful participatory democracy. Madam, Chair, Julius Nyerere once said “… we don’t develop people, people develop themselves”. Accordingly, the United Democratic Movement, strongly holds that, participatory democracy places people [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 33: Tourism – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Environment, Speeches, Tourism|

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 33 on tourism.  In this regard, we welcome the efforts and work done by the department and many other role players in ensuring that this country remains a destination of choice for many citizens of world. This is notwithstanding socio economic challenges that the country continue to be confronted which in many instances results to inhuman and barbaric acts by criminal elements [...]

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Member’s Statement on the critical challenges confronting young women address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|

  Honourable Speaker and members As we begin the 39 Anniversary of the Youth month, it is important that we focus on the critical challenges confronting young women. Many young women remain targets for gender based violence. The recent UN, 2010 report, on violence against women in Africa indicates that the scourge of violence against women in Africa is still largely rampant, but hidden beneath cultural practices and beliefs. Amongst other reasons accountable for this [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 23: Police address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

June 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Safety and Security, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 23 on POLICE. The incident at the Alexandra police station yesterday is a cause for great concern. Not less than four lives have been lost in a short space of time. More disturbing is that the shooting of a wife, two relatives and a police officer took place at a police station where it is expected that citizen’s safety is guaranteed. Many [...]

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Request for intervention: renewable energy sector challenges in the Eastern Cape

June 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Energy, Environment, Home, Open Letters|

Dear Minister Patel, Minister of Economic Development RE: REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE The abovementioned matter has reference. Thank you for the interest you have shown on this matter. This letter highlights some of the challenges faced by renewable energy investors, whose projects are situated in former Homeland areas of the Eastern Cape. I had intended to bring some of these issues to your attention during the Economic Development [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 17: Social Development – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

June 4th, 2015|Home, Social development and welfare, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments. • The creation of a caring society is based on the willingness to provide the tools for achieving an inclusive society. This implies that life chances are partly detached, or de-commodified from social and economic origins and circumstances. • The core of the inclusive society is to create equal opportunities [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 2: Parliament -address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the NA

June 2nd, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

  Madam Speaker and Honourable Members, A race to the bottom is currently underway in our Parliament. Today in this House, we engage and deal with our Nation’s challenges, less according to national interests and the need to create a better life for all, but more according to cheap political point scoring and vote maximisation at all costs, and mostly according to the primitive doctrine that might is right. This approach causes us to miss [...]

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Message from the UDM President at the 41st Anniversary of the Inkatha Freedom Party

June 1st, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Address by UDM President, Mr BH Holomisa- MP Master of ceremonies, President of the IFP, Mr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the leadership of the party, members and supporters Indeed, none amongst South Africans, people of the continent and the world over, can deny the immerse contribution that this wonderful party has made in the fight for freedom in our life time. You have made a great contribution to bring the kind of South Africa we all celebrate [...]

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2015 Debate on Budget Vote 1: Presidency address by Bantu Holomisa, MP

May 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Hon Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote. Mr President, during the State of the Nation Address you declared the year 2015 as the “… year of unity in Action to Advance Economic Freedom”. However, what is not clear, is a common and simple programme that binds the entire society behind this vision. For instance, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee’s work is not known by all citizens. We need a clearer [...]

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UDM sympathises with the Marikana Massacre victims and their families

May 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDM|

The decision to take President Jacob Zuma to court by the family members, injured workers of the Marikana massacre and AMCU is the best action to force Zuma to release the findings of the investigation. As the United Democratic Movement, we are in full support of this decision and we hope he will realise the importance of the findings being made public as it is not just a report for the family and the injured [...]

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eTolls is just money laundering scheme for greedy individuals

May 22nd, 2015|2015 Archive, eTolls, Media statements: UDM|

It should be remembered that when Parliament approved guarantees for staging 2010 World Cup, as per Fifa demands. These guarantees were intended among others to improve stadiums, road infrastructure in the host cities. At no stage did parliament or government implied that such an expenditure would be claimed back by the state through schemes such as etolling. What is coming out clearly here is that some comrades became greedy and saw an opportunity to use [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – address by Mr BH Holomisa MP

May 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Defence, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement support budget vote 19 on Defence and Military Veterans. In appreciation of the work of the Defence Force Service Commission, which has been presented to this parliament previously and being privileged to be its member; I would like to appeal to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, to convene a brainstorming session involving the Minister, Commission, Secretary for Defence and the Command element of [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 40: Sport and Recreation – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

May 21st, 2015|Speeches, Sport and Recreation|

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote 40. • Sports and partisan politics have always been uncomfortable with each other in South Africa since the old days of Peter Hein in apartheid times. • A careful balancing act has to be found by either party in order for equilibrium to be struck. Between the two there are gladiators, spectators, administrators and sponsors (either potential or actual) because each party is [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 31: Small Business Development – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

May 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Economy, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports the budget. • Welcome the political shift for business rescue from big business into Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME). This will help to remove the strain associated with the SMME sector so that it can be able to deliver on the expectations of the National Development Plan with regard to the creation of job opportunities. • Whilst we intensify the creation of small business, [...]

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