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Payment of social grants to beneficiaries – statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP – UDM National Deputy Chairperson

2017-06-13T15:07:16+00:00 March 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Social development and welfare|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s commitment in regards to the payment of social grants on the 1st of April 2017. However, South Africans must not be blinded. This is a self-created crisis by the most uncaring and reckless administration we have had since the dawn of democracy. After the appearance by the Minister of Social Development in front of the Scopa Parliamentary Committee on Tuesday the 7th of March 2017, UDM [...]

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UDM calls for effective rescue on the mine accident in Boksburg – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

2017-06-13T15:07:30+00:00 March 1st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SA Mining Industry|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is saddened by the horrible accident of the 5-year-old boy who fell into a mine shaft while playing with friends in Boksburg last Saturday. The UDM calls for effective rescue assistance in making sure that the boy is brought back. We cannot allow a similar incident to that of Lilly Mine be repeated where mine workers were never recovered with authorities implying instability of the ground. A lot more effort [...]

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UDM condemns attacks on foreign nationals – statement by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General

2017-06-13T15:07:22+00:00 February 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns in strongest terms the violent march that is currently taking place in Pretoria and surroundings. The march that was allegedly aimed at highlighting the high level of crimes engulfing our country and it is believed that these crimes are perpetrated by foreign nationals who are in the country illegally. As an Organisation, we understand where our people are coming from. There is no employment, human trafficking and prostitution are [...]

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Socio-political impact on Governance, Risk and Compliance Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the ITWeb Governance, Risk and Compliance 2017

2017-06-13T15:11:46+00:00 February 21st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches|

• Programme Director, • Colleagues, • Ladies and Gentlemen 1. Introduction When discussing Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC ) we must consider socio-political issues. It might be an obvious thing to state, but whether we like it or not social attitudes and political policy decisions, are the frames within which we must work to assure that our organisations (public or private) meet their objectives. GRC as a discipline takes a dry, unemotional look at how [...]

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Bantu Holomisa addresses the UDM Regional Council in Port Elizabeth

2017-06-13T15:07:37+00:00 February 18th, 2017|2017 Archive, Speeches|

• National and Provincial leaders of the UDM, • Regional and Local UDM leaders, • UDM Public Representatives • Members of the United Democratic Movement 1. Ascendancy Profile - organisational programme for 2017 The National Council of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), held on the 3rd of December 2016, took the time to discuss the challenges we would face in the wake of the August 2016 Municipal Elections and to map the way forward towards [...]

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Competition Commission: Major banks must pay for any possible misdeeds

2017-06-13T15:07:44+00:00 February 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the findings of the Competition Commission regarding 17 major banks operating in South Africa accused of price fixing in international markets and manipulating the South African currency. The Competition Commission has been courageous in its fight against corruption, especially the private sector. Most of its findings have withstood scrutiny and we therefore believe that in this instance it has also done its work with precision. Once this is confirmed [...]

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Address by Lennox Gaehler in Parliament: UDM reply on the State of the Nation Address(SONA) 2017

2017-06-13T15:12:34+00:00 February 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, SONA, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker, Honourable President and Members The task of creating a developmental state where the primary mandate is to build an inclusive economy by fundamentally changing the status quo in favour of the poor majority, who find themselves in the rural hinterland, is now more urgent than ever before. Further and any unnecessary delay will have grave consequences for our hard-won freedom and the governability of state. In this regard, South Africa must indeed review [...]

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Address by Bantu Holomisa in Parliament: debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017

2017-06-13T15:12:46+00:00 February 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|

Honourable Speaker, Honourable President and Members   As we enter the 23rd year of our democracy, we see a rise in the levels of anxiety and anger among citizens, with anarchy knocking at our door. Notwithstanding these trends, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) acknowledges the great strides South Africa has made since 1994.   The most disturbing reality is that we see an increase in the politics of patronage, uncontrollable corruption, the collapse of government [...]

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UDEMWO calls on men to campaign against women abuse

2017-03-09T16:13:57+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The country is marking another 16 days of abuse against women and children but the battle is far from being over. As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we feel that nothing much has been done to successfully combat the problem. If women are still petrified in their own homes and communities, it shows clearly that there is something wrong with our society. Every day there [...]

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President Zuma is considering a judicial inquiry into South African major banks in favour of the Gupta Family

2017-06-13T15:12:54+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is appalled to learn that President Zuma is considering establishing a judicial inquiry into the closure of the bank accounts of the Guptas’ Oakbay Investments. The President confirmed this after being asked the following straight-forward question during the oral question session in Parliament on 23 November 2016: “Mr. President, on the 2nd September 2016, you told the nation that the statement made by Minister Zwane was not representing presidency, cabinet [...]

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UDM on resignation of Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe

2017-03-09T16:14:04+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Archives, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

Statement by President Bantu Holomisa, MP The United Democratic Movement, noted the reported resignation of Mr. Brian Molefe, the Chief Executive Officer of Eskom. The damning revelations in the report of the Public Protector on the State of Capture and the subsequent remedial actions therein, are unbearable. Whilst, his office has informed the nation, that his resignation is not an admission of wrong doing; the UDM is of the firm view that Eskom in general [...]

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Motion of no confidence in the President in terms of section 102 (2) of the Constitution of South Africa

2017-03-09T16:14:10+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Archives, Home, Speeches|

Address by Bantu Holomisa, MP   Madam Speaker, Deputy President and hon members Two weeks ago, the president misled the nation, during the NCOP question session when he claimed that he was never given an opportunity to present his side of the story to the Public Protector. We now know with evidence in our hands that this is contrary to the facts as they are also confirmed by the audio version of the report. In [...]

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Address by Bantu Holomisa at the March Against State Capture

2017-03-15T17:27:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|

Fellow South Africans We are here today to talk about the challenges we face as a Nation and we wish to send a strong message to Government. Our Nation finds itself on the slippery slope of corruption, lawlessness, anarchy and dissatisfaction. We must capture the lost ground of the past 22 years. We are frustrated. We are tired. We are hungry. We don’t have houses. We don’t have jobs. Election promises that were made, such [...]

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Road map: towards the South African National Convention: A UDM perspective

2017-03-09T16:14:23+00:00 November 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Opinion Pieces, SONA|

This document is a suggestion of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) to find a way towards the hosting of a National Convention, as agreed upon in the Co-governance Agreement for Local Government between the several political partners. INTRODUCTION The participating political parties have agreed on four main challenges confronting South Africa i.e. poverty, unemployment, inequality and corruption, which requires that the nation unites around a strategic and fundamental interventionist programme of action. Our constitutional democracy [...]

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Bridging the gap: advancing civil military relations to deepen democracy

2017-03-09T16:14:29+00:00 October 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|

Address by Mr B Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at the Civil Military Relations Conference 2016, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria on 27 and 28 October 2016 ·         Programme Director, ·         Chairperson of the Defence Force Service Commission, Professor Van Harte, ·         Colleagues, ·         Ladies and Gentlemen 1.         Introduction Allow me to join the Chairperson of the Defence Force Service Commission in thanking the sponsors who made this event possible. As I was seated here yesterday, I [...]

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Councils disruptions: UDM condemns ANC barbaric acts

2017-03-09T16:14:37+00:00 October 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns in the strongest terms, the ANC's barbaric acts in councils designed to introduce administration by the African National Congress government. This destabilization Programme is clear - ANC just cannot accept the recent elections results. So ungovernability - is their motto. ANC’s programme is clear if one were to consider that the destabilisation happened in three Metros that the ruling party lost during the local government elections that is; Greater [...]

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