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HONOURABLE KWANKWA REQUESTS FOR A SNAP DEBATE ON XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS IN SOUTH AFRICA

April 17th, 2015|Open Letters|

TO: Hon. Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly From: Hon. Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP – UDM Chief Whip Dear Madame Speaker, RE: REQUEST FOR A SNAP DEBATE ON XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA The above matter has reference. We once more find ourselves faced with the challenge of having to deal with attacks on foreign nationals by South African citizens. According to media reports, many lives have once again been lost and property destroyed in the [...]

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ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP: STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA ON VIOLENCE IN KZN

April 17th, 2015|Open Letters, Uncategorized|

Hon Speaker and members A country with high levels of poverty, high unemployment rate, high levels of inequality, blended with leadership whose attention is on filling their pockets through corrupt activities, breeds all social evils including criminality. Compounding the situation is that the African Agenda we were once known to be its champions, has taken a back seat. We must agree that, indeed the violence we see today in KZN with a potential to spread [...]

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UDM YOUTH VANGUARD CONDEMNS THE DEMOLISHING OF STATUE

April 9th, 2015|Issues|

Statement issued by Mbongi Majija - On behalf of the UDMYV NATIONAL TASK TEAM The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard has noted, with utter disappointment, the recent uproar against the previous regime that resulted in a number of statues being defaced and demolished throughout the country. The UDMYV feels that destroying these colonial symbols won’t change the current struggles the country is dealing with such as high unemployment rate, health care system that is in [...]

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UDM letter to the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela: Request for a forensic audit on Inkandla non-security expenditure

April 1st, 2015|Open Letters|

The Public Protector Hillcrest Office Park 175 Lunnon Street Pretoria 0001 Dear Advocate Madonsela REQUEST FOR A FORENSIC AUDIT ON INKANDLA NON-SECURITY EXPENDITURE Following the release of your report on the Nkandla Security Upgrades as well as the Report of the President to the National Assembly; the National Assembly appointed an Ad-Hoc Committee which made the following recommendation with respect to non-security upgrades: “the Committee recommends that the matter of what constitutes security and non-security [...]

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UDEMWO calls for investigation on involuntary sterilisation of women by health workers

March 30th, 2015|Open Letters|

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Minister of Health 4th Floor, Room 417 120 Plein Street Cape Town 8000 Dear Honourable Minister UDEMWO calls for investigation on involuntary sterilisation of women by health workers Recently there were allegations of doctors and nurses who perform gruesome practice of sterilisation to women without their consent. No one has the right to perform such a heinous procedure without the consent of the patient; the fact that the women are living with [...]

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UDEMWO condemns involuntary sterilisation of women by health workers

March 26th, 2015|Issues|

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) lambasts at the recent allegations against the doctors and nurses who are performing involuntary sterilisation without consent of those involved taking advantage of women living with HIV/ AIDS. As South African women, we are surprised and offended by the latest scandal in private and public hospitals of our country. UDEMWO feels that our rights as women have been once again [...]

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UDM: Reacts to withdrawal of corruption charges due to lack of evidence

March 19th, 2015|Issues|

Statement issued by Mr Bongani Msomi - UDM Secretary General United Democratic Movement is saddened by a high number of court cases being thrown out of court due to lack of evidence. This has worsened over the years becoming a norm in the country. We have also noticed the dragging of court cases that are costing the country a lot of money and time. This has dented the justice, prosecution and investigation system leading to [...]

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CONDOLENCE WITH THE PASSING AWAY OF MINISTER COLLINS CHABANE

March 16th, 2015|Issues|

Receiving news of the departure of Minister Collins Chabane is with immense distress and profound sadness. His passing away robs us of one of the greatest sons of our people, esteemed administrator and polished politician. ISSUED BY MR BANTU HOLOMISA – UDM PRESIDENT The United Democratic Movement (UDM) expresses its shock by the passing on of Minister Chabane. We would like to pass our deepest condolences to his family, the ANC, friends and comrades. Leaders [...]

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The replacement of Pansy Tlakula with Mr. Glen Mashinini

March 11th, 2015|Issues, Uncategorized|

United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO):The replacement of Pansy Tlakula with a male candidate Mr. Glen Mashinini is not an appropriate choice. Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General We are not pleased by the recent appointment of Mr Glen Mashinini, the former Presidential Advisor as the new chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) replacing Pansy Tlakula. As women the appointment of a male candidate does not sit well and it shows clearly [...]

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UDM WOMEN’S ORGANISATION LAMENTS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY POLICE OFFICERS:

March 10th, 2015|Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Madindi family who lost their daughter Vuyiswa and her mother Sbongile during a shoot-out spree by an off duty Constable Rhulani Nkuna in Meadowlands, Johannesburg. The Madindi relatives are the latest victims of domestic violence by a police officer who also shot himself dead. This incident is of many which occur exactly three days before the world celebrates [...]

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16 Days of Activism 2014

November 27th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|

It’s that time of the year again. And every year I wrestle with how we feel about the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence and Abuse against Women and Children campaign that kicks off on November and runs until December 10. Although the campaign is held for only sixteen days, for it to be successful it rests on each individual and the nation as a whole in taking action for the security, protection and [...]

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Debate: Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill (DBSA)

November 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Speaker and Honourable Members, The UDM supports the Bill. We support the extension of the mandate of the Development Bank of Southern Africa to provide infrastructure development finance to key infrastructure sectors, such as water and sanitation, energy, transport, education, health and ICT beyond the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), that is, to the rest of the African continent. This step will in our view go a long way towards enhancing trade, economic growth and [...]

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Motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the National Assembly: Baleka Mbete

September 18th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly Honourable Deputy-Chairperson Honourable Deputy President Honourable Ministers and Deputy-Ministers Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) endorses the motion of no confidence in the current Speaker, Baleka Mbete, on grounds already presented in this house. Before she was elected into office, the Speaker is on record distorting and attacking outcomes of the Public Protector’s investigations on Nkandla. This distortion and attack has since been sustained by the organisation [...]

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Motion without Notice: Toddler Dies In Drain

September 16th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|

Motion without Notice in the National Assembly by CN Majeke, MP Subject: Toddler Dies In Drain I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM): that the house: (1) notes that on Saturday, 13 September of 2014, a toddler in Uitenhage died after falling into an uncovered storm water drain; (2) further notes that the residents in the community are reported to have frequently complained to the municipality [...]

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Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home

September 16th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Motions Without Notice|

Motion without notice on Ward 45, Buffalo City Municipality Councillor’s burnt home by CN Filtane (MP) I move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the United Democratic Movement (UDM): that the house: (1) Notes that on the evening of Tuesday the 9th of September 2014, Buffalo City Ward Councillor, Gideon Norexe’s house was allegedly burnt into ashes by angry residents. (2) Further notes that incidence took place just two weeks after the [...]

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Holomisa: “Cut a deal! Go Home” President Zuma

September 13th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Opinion Pieces|

Instead of a nation preoccupied with the scandals surrounding President Zuma, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) advises that we should rather deliberate his exit strategy. Since the advent of democracy, we have never been faced with a crisis of this magnitude i.e. allegations of corruption at the highest level. The African National Congress (ANC) has completely misinterpreted their mandate. They are clearly using their majority to do their utmost to protect President Zuma at all [...]

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