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

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 [...]

2017-06-13T15:12:54+02:00November 23rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on President Zuma is considering a judicial inquiry into South African major banks in favour of the Gupta Family

Address by Bantu Holomisa at the March Against State Capture

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. [...]

2017-03-15T17:27:56+02:00November 2nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on Address by Bantu Holomisa at the March Against State Capture

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

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 [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:23+02:00November 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Opinion Pieces, SONA|Comments Off on Road map: towards the South African National Convention: A UDM perspective

Bridging the gap: advancing civil military relations to deepen democracy

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 [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:29+02:00October 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, Defence, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Bridging the gap: advancing civil military relations to deepen democracy

Councils disruptions: UDM condemns ANC barbaric acts

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 [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:37+02:00October 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Councils disruptions: UDM condemns ANC barbaric acts

#FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

Honourable Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Madam Speaker #FeesMustFall: REQUEST FOR URGENT DEPLOYMENT OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO INTERVENE AND ASSIST IN FINDING SOLUTIONS A precedent was created last year, during the terrible xenophobic attacks where we, as the Parliament of the People, were dispatched [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:50+02:00October 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on #FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

ANC must take action: Zuma must go!

We have been watching one after the other Zuma-scandal hitting South Africa. The United Democratic Movement believes that the proximity of the Zuma and Gupta families is creating uncertainty - with even cabinet ministers not singing from the same hymnbook. It is clear that Mr Zuma is no longer in control and the nation is [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:07+02:00October 16th, 2016|2016 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on ANC must take action: Zuma must go!

UDM shocked by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked and disappointed by the state of affairs within the Gauteng Human Settlements Department, where more than R900 million is being withdrawn by Treasury, after the Department had apparently, amongst other things, failed to and/or unlawfully spent the budget. The withdrawal of the funds, meant for the creation of [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:14+02:00October 14th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Service delivery|Comments Off on UDM shocked by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements

UDEMWO saddened by Khwezi’s death

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the family and friends of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo better known as Khwezi. We as UDEMWO are saddened by her sudden departure. Khwezi fought a good fight and she displayed a true example of imbokodo especially during her dark hour [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:19+02:00October 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO saddened by Khwezi’s death

Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court

The United Democratic Movement has noted that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been issued with a formal summons to appear in court in relation to the South African Revenue Services “rogue unit”. While we believe that no-one is above the law, this matter must be handled with the utmost care so that it does not [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:28+02:00October 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court

UDM input at a meeting of the leaders of opposition parties and universities’ vice chancellors

Thank you for affording the United Democratic Movement (UDM) the opportunity to participate in this meeting and contribute to a discussion that will hopefully find lasting solutions to the current impasse at our higher education institutions. 1. Introduction During the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, I was privileged to be chosen as [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:37+02:00October 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Discussion Documents, Higher and Basic Education, Home|Comments Off on UDM input at a meeting of the leaders of opposition parties and universities’ vice chancellors

Bantu Holomisa requests meeting of political leaders and IEC regarding ANC leadership’s criticism of Mr Terry Tselane

Dear Mr Mashinini REQUEST FOR AN URGENT MEETING OF THE LEADERS OF ALL POLITICAL PARTIES REPRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT The above matter has reference. It has come to my attention that the African National Congress (ANC) has declared the Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), Mr Terry Tselane, an enemy. It is [...]

2016-10-28T18:58:24+02:00September 26th, 2016|2016 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM, Open Letters|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa requests meeting of political leaders and IEC regarding ANC leadership’s criticism of Mr Terry Tselane

Towards a National Convention: a UDM proposal to Cope, EFF and UF

BACKGROUND Reference is made to our meeting held on Sunday the 7th of August this instant, in which we produced a guide for engaging other parties, in particular the ANC and the DA, on a possible coalition governments in some of the local councils. You will recall that in the guide document we proposed that [...]

2016-10-28T19:44:54+02:00August 14th, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Discussion Documents, Home, Political Realignment|Comments Off on Towards a National Convention: a UDM proposal to Cope, EFF and UF

2016 Municipal Election: A collective view arising out of a meeting held on between the UDM, EFF, COPE and UF: a guide to engage with the ANC and the DA

INTRODUCTION The 2016 Municipal Election was a watershed for our country with the advent of a possible cooperation of political parties. Emphatically, the electorate have spoken loudly against one party arrogant dominance, corruption, nepotism, the disregard of the rule of law, the failure to provide basic quality services, and mediocre in the sea of poverty, [...]

2016-10-28T19:44:43+02:00August 7th, 2016|2016 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Discussion Documents, Home, Political Realignment|Comments Off on 2016 Municipal Election: A collective view arising out of a meeting held on between the UDM, EFF, COPE and UF: a guide to engage with the ANC and the DA

UDM reacts to Zuma – ANC’s ‪‎CountdownToVictory

Mr Jacob Zuma should rather look at his organisation which is currently contradicting the positive gains of our history under his leadership. Who has ever thought that a liberated South Africa would be led by a questionable character like himself who lavishly and exclusively spends taxpayers monies without having any regrets, thereby superseding the negative [...]

2016-10-28T18:40:41+02:00July 15th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reacts to Zuma – ANC’s ‪‎CountdownToVictory

UDEMWO condemns reckless drivers on the roads

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the Eastern Cape nurses who were killed on their way to the graduation ceremony in Alice while others were seriously injured. This is such a sad time for the health fraternity, not only in [...]

2016-10-28T19:57:51+02:00July 13th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Transport|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns reckless drivers on the roads

Mandileni Communities without water: Bantu Holomisa’s letter to Minister Mokonyane

Dear Minister Mokonyane MANDILENI COMMUNITIES IN THE EASTERN CAPE SUFFER BECAUSE OF LACK OF WATER SUPPLY – WE SEEK YOUR INTERVENTION During my recent travels through the country on the campaign trail, I visited the Mandileni community outside Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, 7 July 2016. The people in this community suffer [...]

2016-10-28T18:51:34+02:00July 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Service delivery|Comments Off on Mandileni Communities without water: Bantu Holomisa’s letter to Minister Mokonyane

Condolence with the passing away of Dumisani (Mazola) Mafu

Receiving news of the untimely departure of Dumisani Mazola Mafu is with immense distress and profound sadness. His passing away robs us of one of the greatest sons of our people, a former Commander of Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) in particular in the then Transkei Region, a leader and a friend to many. Mazola is the [...]

2016-10-28T18:56:47+02:00July 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|Comments Off on Condolence with the passing away of Dumisani (Mazola) Mafu

Unfullfilled promise for provision of electricity at Mqhele A/A , Xhora, Mbhashe Municipality- EC

Dear Honourable Minister Joemat-Pettersson and Eastern Cape MEC F Xasa UNFULLFILLED PROMISE FOR PROVISION OF ELECTRICITY AT MQHELE A/A , XHORA, MBHASHE MUNICIPALITY – EASTERN CAPE The above matter has reference. Here under is a complaint laid to me in a meeting I was invited to by the community of Mqhele on 30 June 2016, [...]

2016-10-28T19:45:37+02:00July 4th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Service delivery|Comments Off on Unfullfilled promise for provision of electricity at Mqhele A/A , Xhora, Mbhashe Municipality- EC

UDM condemns violent protests in Tshwane

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the direction this country is taking under the leadership of the ruling party, ANC. Currently, Tshwane is in flames, with disgruntled ANC members are taking to the streets burning tyres and destroying the little that the community has. We condemn, amongst others, the looting of shops, burning [...]

Bantu Holomisa writes to the Public Protector regarding alleged abuse by CETA CEO

Dear Advocate Madonsela ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE REQUESTED INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER CONDUCT/MALADMINISTRATION AND ABUSE OF OFFICE BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY (CETA): FORENSIC INVESTIGATION REPORT My letter dated 9 February 2016, sent to your good office on the same day has reference. Subsequently, I wish to [...]

2016-10-28T19:16:12+02:00May 24th, 2016|2016 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Corruption and clean governance, Open Letters|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to the Public Protector regarding alleged abuse by CETA CEO

Bantu Holomisa’s remarks to the Cape Town Press Club: President Zuma

Greetings: Chairperson, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you very much for sharing this platform with me today. The electioneering season has begun and all of us are on the streets, to once again connect with the electorate. Chairperson, the United Democratic Movement in its 5th National Congress held in December 2015, amongst others; declared corruption as [...]

2016-10-28T19:46:06+02:00May 19th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s remarks to the Cape Town Press Club: President Zuma

Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

Statement by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly The closing remarks by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. Baleka Mbete during the debate on the Parliamentary budget are shocking and preposterous. Her condonation of the abuse of public money by the Parliamentary officials, who blew R1m on a holiday spree in London, led [...]

2016-10-28T19:48:25+02:00May 13th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches|Comments Off on Speaker of the National Assembly condones abuse of public monies

UDESMO mourns for Wits students

Statement issued by Akhona Bavu, UDESMO Chairperson   The United Democratic Student Movement (UDESMO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the University students that were involved in a horrible car crash that has claimed their lives in Limpopo yesterday. This is such a sad time for the [...]

2016-10-28T19:26:56+02:00May 3rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDESMO|Comments Off on UDESMO mourns for Wits students

Debate on Budget Vote 24 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP  in Parliament   Honourable Speaker and members   The United Democratic Movement (UDM), supports the budget vote with the following comments. Although the Department manages 64 000 hectors of category B and C of plantations, there is no budget for the revitalisation of these plantations through which process, jobs [...]

2016-10-28T19:48:35+02:00April 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 24 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Debate on Budget Vote 11 – Public Works

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members The United Democratic Movement (UDM), support the budget vote with the following important comments. The most common problems with this programme are: ·       Insufficient support by the department with no collaterals from any other source, including the beneficiaries themselves. This makes the beneficiaries [...]

2016-10-28T19:48:54+02:00April 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Public Works, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate on Budget Vote 11 – Public Works

Bantu Holomisa speech at UDM Gauteng Manifesto Launch: Municipal Elections 2016

Chairperson, NEC Members of the UDM Members and Supporters of the United Democratic Movement Gauteng Citizens WELCOME Welcome one and all, and thank you for making the effort to come and listen to the vision which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has for people of Gauteng. In just over three months’ time, you will have [...]

2016-10-28T19:34:04+02:00April 24th, 2016|2016 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa speech at UDM Gauteng Manifesto Launch: Municipal Elections 2016

Message from UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the launch UDM Gauteng Manifesto for 2016 Municipal Elections

Chairperson, NEC Members of the UDM Members and Supporters of the United Democratic Movement Gauteng Citizens WELCOME Welcome one and all, and thank you for making the effort to come and listen to the vision which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has for people of Gauteng. In just over three months’ time, you will have [...]

2016-10-28T21:30:33+02:00April 24th, 2016|2016 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Message from UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the launch UDM Gauteng Manifesto for 2016 Municipal Elections

UDM reacts to Arms Deal Commission Report

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The long awaited report on the allegations of mass corruption in the 1999 arms deal has not surprised anyone. It only adds to the shelves of South Africa, another white-washed report whose objective is nothing less than clearing comrades from Luthuli House. Our memories are still fresh from [...]

2016-10-28T19:35:16+02:00April 21st, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Defence, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts to Arms Deal Commission Report

Condolences to ANC and Ekurhuleni community: bus tragedy that occurred between Winburg and Ventersburg

Dear Mr Mantashe CONDOLONCES TO THE ANC AND EKURHULENI COMMUNITY The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to convey a message of condolence to the families and friends of those who lost lives in the bus tragedy that occurred between Winburg and Ventersburg, on their way back from ANC Manifesto Launch in Port Elizabeth, Eastern [...]

2016-10-28T20:28:50+02:00April 19th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Transport|Comments Off on Condolences to ANC and Ekurhuleni community: bus tragedy that occurred between Winburg and Ventersburg

Bantu Holomisa writes to the Speaker of the NA regarding meeting with Presiding Officers

Dear Honourable Speaker NOTICE OF A MEETING WITH PRESIDING OFFICERS – 13 APRIL 2016. The above matter has reference. Your notice of a meeting between the Presiding Officers and Leaders of Political Parties in Parliament is confirmed. On the 18th of February 2016, I wrote to you requesting that your office direct the Joint Standing [...]

2016-10-28T19:39:27+02:00April 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to the Speaker of the NA regarding meeting with Presiding Officers

Bantu Holomisa writes to Speaker of the NA regarding disciplinary inquiry: President Zuma

Dear Honourable Speaker REQUEST FOR A DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY AGAINST PRESIDENT ZUMA The above matter has reference. Following the scathing Constitutional Court judgment delivered on the 31st of March instant, and found amongst others: “ “Consistent with this constitutional injunction, an order will thus be made that the President’s failure to comply with the remedial action [...]

2016-10-28T19:43:36+02:00April 7th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to Speaker of the NA regarding disciplinary inquiry: President Zuma

Our freedom and democracy on the verge of collapse: What is to be done?

Statement by Mr. BH Holomisa, UDM President   Yesterday, the 5th of April 2016, the ANC members of the National Assembly have once again violated their oath of office and acted in contempt of the Constitutional Court. Led by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, John Jeffery, they argued that there was no [...]

2016-10-28T19:51:44+02:00April 6th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Our freedom and democracy on the verge of collapse: What is to be done?

Debate on the Removal of President in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly   Fellow South Africans   The fact is, the Constitutional Court has found Mr Zuma and the National Assembly to have failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution. Today South Africa finds itself with two organs of state that have lost the moral authority [...]

2016-10-28T19:52:26+02:00April 5th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Debate on the Removal of President in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution

Bantu Holomisa writes to Thuli Mandonsela with request for an addendum of costs for Nkandla

Dear Advocate Madonsela REQUEST FOR AN ADDENDUM TO THE COSTS OF NKANDLA New details have emerged of how state funds were used to buy fittings, fixtures and building materials for private residence of the President. I am aware that your office was not granted access to this information, however, it is now in the public [...]

2016-10-28T19:55:23+02:00April 4th, 2016|2016 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Home, Open Letters, Public Works, Zumagate|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to Thuli Mandonsela with request for an addendum of costs for Nkandla

UDM reacts to Concourt ruling on Nkandla

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP The damning Constitutional Court judgment against President Zuma and the ANC dominated National Assembly are a vindication of a position that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has always held: that the African National Congress (ANC) has given the country a dubious person in the name of a [...]

2016-10-28T20:00:06+02:00March 31st, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reacts to Concourt ruling on Nkandla

UDM appeals for good behaviour on the roads

As we are all going to the Easter holiday, we know that there are drivers who will put the lives of the innocent commuters at risk. Most accidents are caused by those driving under the influence of alcohol, driving tired, driving at high speed, vehicles that are not roadworthy and/or overloading. As the United Democratic [...]

2016-10-28T19:57:17+02:00March 23rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Transport|Comments Off on UDM appeals for good behaviour on the roads

UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers

Media Statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP This afternoon the President had an opportunity to take the country into his confidence and either confirm or deny the revelations made by the Deputy Minister of Finance, yesterday. Alas, he chose utter arrogance and maximum denialism in defense of his travelers, the Guptas family and his [...]

2016-10-28T19:59:28+02:00March 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers

UDM reacts on Gupta’s offering Deputy Minister Jonas a position of Finance Minister

Media statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa MP United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the shocking confirmations made the Deputy Minister of Finance Mr. Mcebisi Jonas this afternoon. His bold decision demonstrate his commitment to his oath of office and confirms that at least within the ruling party there are some who puts South Africa and [...]

2016-10-28T20:01:21+02:00March 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts on Gupta’s offering Deputy Minister Jonas a position of Finance Minister

UDEMWO calls for swift intervention by government on WC women killings

Media Statement by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened and concerned by the growing numbers of women and children who have fallen victims of rape and murder in the Western Cape since the beginning of the year. What is more distressing is to know that these women [...]

2016-10-28T20:01:08+02:00March 16th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for swift intervention by government on WC women killings

UDEMWO calls for action to arrest Mafevuka’s killers

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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:02:42+02:00March 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for action to arrest Mafevuka’s killers

Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:12:20+02:00March 9th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities