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Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA on the 28th June 2019 delivered by the Honourable Mncedisi Filtane, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

1. We would like to take this opportunity as the United Democratic Movement and formally congratulate you on your crowning as the Premier. However, William Shakespeare once scribed in Julius Caesar, if my memory serves me well: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown’’. You will be no exception to this notion. Let [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:59+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, SOPA, Speeches|Comments Off on Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA on the 28th June 2019 delivered by the Honourable Mncedisi Filtane, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA delivered by the Honourable FG Mahlati, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and Members of the Executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguished guests and visitors at the gallery Be greeted in Jesus’ name. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you, we wish you all of the best and happiness in your new venture, may [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:06+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SOPA|Comments Off on Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA delivered by the Honourable FG Mahlati, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement has observed that there have been too many service delivery protests around South Africa, prior to elections and after. We hoped to see less of these occurrences, especially after elections, but seemingly they are increasing on a daily basis. We saw what happened when [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:11+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil disobedience, Housing & human settlements, Human rights, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

Youth expectations for SONA: #DataMustFall

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng President Cyril Ramaphosa’s expected state of the nation address (SONA), must be solution orientated with a clear plan and time frames for its implementation. We as young people, and as the majority of the population, need things to happen and happen fast. We cannot have another rehash of [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:22+02:00June 19th, 2019|#DataMustFall, 2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, SONA, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth expectations for SONA: #DataMustFall

Youth Day 2019: economic emancipation for the young

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Youth Vanguard is concerned about the state of our nation since tough economic times leave the youth of South Africa out on the margins of economic participation. Our youth has for the past 25 years under democratic rule, been fighting for economic [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:27+02:00June 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth Day 2019: economic emancipation for the young

UDESMO: Violence at schools and universities must stop

It is with deep despondency that the United Democratic Students’ Movement (UDESMO) heard of yet another act of serious violence at one of our institutions of learning, this time at Forest High School in Johannesburg. There were also reports of two Walter Sisulu University students who were killed at the weekend, at what is [...]

UDMYV: Young leaders in government is encouraging

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDM Youth Vanguard) is pleased to note that this time around there are many young faces in cabinet and that some of the provincial MECs hail from the youth’s ranks. The UDM Youth Vanguard strongly feels that it will be in the best interest of the young people [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:38+02:00May 30th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDMYV: Young leaders in government is encouraging

Good luck to the newly sworn-in premier of KwaZulu-Natal and his executive

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), welcomes the KZN premier and the provincial MECs to their new roles. We are encouraged that none of them are known for the bad odour of corruption and we advise them to maintain that status. As the premier prides himself for picking young and new blood [...]

2019-05-28T11:07:38+02:00May 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Media statements: UDM KwaZulu-Natal|Comments Off on Good luck to the newly sworn-in premier of KwaZulu-Natal and his executive

Funds allegedly siphoned off from uMzinyathi district municipality service providers

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal, is appalled at a recording we have in our possession, where the voice of the uMzinyathi district mayor is allegedly having a fishy conversation with one of the municipal executive managers. In the recording, it sounds as if the mayor instructed this official to confront the municipal manager [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:44+02:00May 24th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Media statements: UDM KwaZulu-Natal|Comments Off on Funds allegedly siphoned off from uMzinyathi district municipality service providers

UDMYV: Young parliamentarians have a big task ahead

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Youth Vanguard congratulates all the young persons who were sworn into the sixth democratic parliament. It is encouraging to see that quite a number of the members of parliament who took the oath yesterday represent the youth of South Africa. Yet, this [...]

2020-05-25T15:04:49+02:00May 23rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDMYV: Young parliamentarians have a big task ahead

The 6th parliament will make or break South Africa

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is cautiously optimistic about South Africa’s future as our 6th parliament is established today. However, only time will tell whether the next five years will in fact bring to life President Cyril Ramaphosa’s proposed new dawn. As per the UDM’s longstanding advice, we [...]

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, UDM Deputy President On this day, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we are reminded of how we should respect one another’s constitutional rights and, specifically, each South African’s right to cultural expression. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that cultural diversity drives change, not only [...]

2020-05-25T15:14:57+02:00May 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, Social development & welfare|Comments Off on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

UDM’s reaction to election 2019 results

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes to thank South Africans who took part in the 2019 national and provincial elections and in particular those who voted for the UDM and placed their trust in us. We are surprised and disappointed at the UDM’s performance and we will have to go back to the drawing [...]

2020-05-25T15:05:02+02:00May 11th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s reaction to election 2019 results

Bantu Holomisa’s address at a UDM Election Rally the Khutsong Stadium, Carletonville

• National Leadership of the UDM • Provincial and regional leaders of the party • UDM members and supporters • Fellow South Africans 1. Introduction A big thank you goes out to the United Democratic Movement (UDM) leaders and activists who have worked tirelessly in our campaigns over the past few months. The UDM does [...]

Funding for rain disaster in Durban should be diversified

Whilst the United Democratic Movement (UDM), commends the intervention of both the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the President, the UDM is of the view that the funds should be diversified to; 1. Offer immediate help to the victims; 2. Attend to the water-drainage infrastructure which seems [...]

2020-05-25T15:05:08+02:00April 30th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM KwaZulu-Natal|Comments Off on Funding for rain disaster in Durban should be diversified

eNCA is biased towards some political parties

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja, UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked and offended by eNCA’s style of running its programming in the run-up to the 8th of May elections. We were invited to a party panel discussion to unpack our manifesto, on the 2nd of May, just to be unceremoniously disinvited, [...]

2020-05-25T15:05:22+02:00April 30th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Home, Media statements: UDM, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on eNCA is biased towards some political parties

Dedicating Freedom Day 2019, to Thuli Madonsela

South Africa started well in 1994 as we continued on the road of the noble ideals of protecting human rights and promoting the freedom of our people. There is much to be proud of, but the hard reality is that corruption, lies and mismanagement has been tearing at our socioeconomic fabric to the point [...]

2020-05-25T15:05:37+02:00April 27th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM, State Capture Inquiry, Zumagate|Comments Off on Dedicating Freedom Day 2019, to Thuli Madonsela

UDM posters in KwaZulu-Natal being continually removed from street poles

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), expresses concern and disgust at the provocation by some counter-revolutionary elements of society, who only target and remove UDM posters. This has been happening in Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi, in the Durban city centre and in other areas in the province. It seems that our presence and [...]

2020-05-25T15:05:27+02:00April 16th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Home, Media statements: UDM KwaZulu-Natal|Comments Off on UDM posters in KwaZulu-Natal being continually removed from street poles

Bantu Holomisa’s address at a UDM Election Rally at Marikana

• National Leadership of the UDM • Provincial and regional leaders of the party • UDM members and supporters • Fellow South Africans 1. Introduction Greetings to you all and thank you for welcoming the United Democratic Movement (UDM) into your midst with such open arms. We have been here many times after that [...]

2020-05-25T15:05:32+02:00April 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Home, Labour, Marikana Massacre, Minerals & energy, Police brutality, Public Investment Corporation, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s address at a UDM Election Rally at Marikana

Bantu Holomisa speaks at a Unisa panel discussion on the 2019 general elections

• Our hosts today • Dr Somadoda Fikeni, our moderator • Those who represent the various departments that sponsored this panel discussion • My colleagues from other political parties • Academics and students • Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for affording me the opportunity to have a chat with you today. 1. The UDM’s [...]

UDM meeting discussing xenophobia

• Members of the UDM’s National Executive Committee • The party’s regional leaders • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Welcome I wish to thank you for the opportunity to address you today. It might be a little cold outside, but you are here and ready to participate. Also, thank you for sacrificing your time on [...]

2020-05-25T15:05:52+02:00April 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Human rights, Xenophobia|Comments Off on UDM meeting discussing xenophobia

#ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the volatile situation in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Much of this unhappiness stems from the African National Congress’ (ANC) misuse of billions of Rands allocated to the Alexandra renewal project during the era of former President Thabo Mbeki. RDP houses in Alexandra Extension 7, [...]

2020-05-25T15:06:14+02:00April 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Housing & human settlements, Human rights, Local government, Media statements: UDM, Safety and security, Service delivery, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on #ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

Mpati Commission should look at GEPF and PIC investment in Sibanye-Stillwater

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes the Mpati Commission to take a deep look into the investment linkages between the Government Employees Pension Fund, the Public Investment Corporation and Sibanye-Stillwater. Sibanye had acquired the Stillwater Mining Company and is located and managed in two regions i.e. Southern Africa region and the United States region. We [...]

2020-05-25T15:06:20+02:00April 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Mpati Commission|Comments Off on Mpati Commission should look at GEPF and PIC investment in Sibanye-Stillwater

UDM’s concern over the it service providers employed by the IEC

Mr VG Mashinini Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Private Bag X112 Centurion 0046 Dear Mr Mashinini UDM’s CONCERN OVER THE IT SERVICE PROVIDERS EMPLOYED BY THE IEC The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely concerned over the information technology (IT) service providers, and systems, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) employs to run the 2019 [...]

2020-05-25T15:06:32+02:00April 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Open Letters|Comments Off on UDM’s concern over the it service providers employed by the IEC

Personal bribes paid to ruling party top 6?

The latest shock in the state capture debacle, that some of the ruling party’s top 6 had allegedly personally pocketed millions of rands from Bosasa coffers, will undoubtedly have a very negative effect in the eyes of potential investors. The whole system is contaminated. Given that President Ramaphosa could possibly be implicated, seriously jeopardises South [...]

2020-05-25T15:06:39+02:00March 29th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Personal bribes paid to ruling party top 6?

Condolences with the passing away of Princess Buthelezi

The United Democratic Movement passes its condolences to Prince Buthelezi, and his family, on the passing of his wife. It certainly is a day where we are sorrowful for a person taken from our midst. We are grateful for her contribution to the struggle and remaining the anchor of her family while Prince Buthelezi [...]

2020-05-25T15:06:46+02:00March 25th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM, Tributes|Comments Off on Condolences with the passing away of Princess Buthelezi

Various community concerns: Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal

Mr CM Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa Union Buildings Private Bag X1000 Pretoria 0001 Mr PG Masualle Premier of the Eastern Cape Private Bag X0047 Bisho 5605 Mr TW Mchunu Premiere of KwaZulu-Natal Private Bag X9037 Pietermaritzburg, 3200 Dear Sirs Various community concerns: Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal From the beginning of [...]

2020-05-25T15:06:53+02:00March 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Service delivery|Comments Off on Various community concerns: Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal

UDM lodges complaint with IEC re alleged ANC attack on members campaigning in Mbizana

Mr VG Mashinini Chairperson of the Electoral Commission P/Bag X112 Centurion 0046 Dear Sir LODGING OF COMPLAINT: ALLEGED ATTACK ON UDM MEMBERS BY PERSONS DRESSED IN ANC REGALIA Earlier this week, United Democratic Movement (UDM) members were campaigning in Ward 7, Khaleni Administrative Area, in the Mbizana Local Municipality (Eastern Cape). Four of our members [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:04+02:00March 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Elections, Home, Open Letters|Comments Off on UDM lodges complaint with IEC re alleged ANC attack on members campaigning in Mbizana

UDM welcomes ATM’s youth Deputy President and his followers to the UDM in Johannesburg

• Our newly arrived young lions • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Welcome Today the United Democratic Movement (UDM) proudly accepts a group of young lions into the fold. Welcome! You will have to hit the ground running as elections are around the corner. As new members of the UDM you will be part of the [...]

2020-05-25T15:06:58+02:00March 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on UDM welcomes ATM’s youth Deputy President and his followers to the UDM in Johannesburg

UDEMWO: Women are not punch bags

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Women abuse has become our daily bread, we are sick and tired of waking up to outrageous stories that revolves around women abuse. We are absolutely shocked and disturbed by a video of kwaito star Mampintsha that is making the rounds on social media showing that he [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:14+02:00March 4th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: Women are not punch bags

UDM welcomes President Ramaphosa’s green initiative

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government will start a massive clean-up campaign to get rid of the litter and waste that lay by our road-sides and fouls our communities. We welcome this move, as it is in line with the UDM’s environmental policy and this year’s election manifesto. [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:19+02:00March 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Environment, Home|Comments Off on UDM welcomes President Ramaphosa’s green initiative

UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

We find it extremely difficult to digest the fact that three women, who hail from the Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape were, late last year, burnt to death because they had allegedly been witchcraft practitioners. This can only be described as the worst aberration of what might be called “mob justice”. [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:26+02:00March 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development & welfare, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disgusted that yet another African National Congress (ANC) leader has been accused of women abuse. As the story unfolds, we note that these accusations constantly rotate amongst the ruling party’s prominent male leaders. Some of those alleged culprits have been Danny Jordaan, Marius Fransman, Mduduzi Manana, [...]

2020-05-25T15:15:15+02:00February 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

Bantu Holomisa writes to the President re backdated salary payments of KwaZulu-Natal indunas

Mr CM Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Mr President Yesterday, upon my visit to Isizwe Sakwampukunyoni at Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, under Nkosi Mzokhulayo Mkhwanazi, I met with over thirty indunas at the Mgeba Traditional Council offices. They alleged that all indunas of this province have [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:37+02:00February 26th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Open Letters|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to the President re backdated salary payments of KwaZulu-Natal indunas

The UDM’s reaction to #SONA2019

• Honourable Speaker and chairperson of the NCOP • Mister President • Honourable Members South Africa needs key interventions in order to eradicate poverty, place more citizens in jobs, in particular young people, whilst closing the gap between the haves and the have nots. Firstly, we need massive investment in the maintenance and development [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:42+02:00February 12th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, SONA, Speeches|1 Comment

UDM KZN: KwaZulu-Natal’s “missing” R220 million drought relief funds

The R220 million, that was meant to give drought-stricken communities and farmers in KwaZulu-Natal some relief, has seemingly vanished in a flourish of orchestrated thievery. This situation has, for instance, had a devastating effect on the Pomeroy Community Health Centre in Msinga which must keep water in dustbins just to flush toilets. It also [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:49+02:00February 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on UDM KZN: KwaZulu-Natal’s “missing” R220 million drought relief funds

R116m of the PIC’s money to allegedly be spent on UWC student accommodation without due diligence

Dear Honourable Minister Mboweni REQUEST FOR THE URGENT INTERVENTION ON THE POSSIBLE IRREGULAR FUNDING OF IKHAYA STUDENT ACCOMMODATION (PTY) LTD BY THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION The above has reference, and I attach hereto relevant documents for your ease of reference. The referenced documents suggest, amongst others, that: 1. Based on an email dated 4 [...]

2020-05-25T15:07:54+02:00February 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home|Comments Off on R116m of the PIC’s money to allegedly be spent on UWC student accommodation without due diligence

Ongoing student protests at KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by the escalation of violent student demonstrations at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and FET colleges in the province. The UDM condemns any use of force and violence in the strongest terms. We call for cool heads and calm, as [...]

2020-05-25T15:08:02+02:00February 6th, 2019|#FeesMustFall, 2019 Archive, Home|Comments Off on Ongoing student protests at KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions

UDM Youth Vanguard: KZN student protests: the education department is yet again missing in action

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDM Youth Vanguard) is disgusted and angry at higher education minister Naledi Pandor’s deafening silence when, year-by-year, students are driven to protest to get their basic right to education upheld. The dream of free tertiary education in South Africa is fleeting and the promise itself rings hollow. The [...]

2020-05-25T15:08:07+02:00February 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home|Comments Off on UDM Youth Vanguard: KZN student protests: the education department is yet again missing in action

An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President regarding an Alternative State of the Nation at the Cape Town Press Club • Chairperson • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Introduction We are grateful to be part of this engagement exploring the very important subject of the true state of the nation. We are just [...]

2020-05-25T15:08:19+02:00February 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Parastatals, Public Investment Corporation|Comments Off on An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

UDM welcomes resignation of PIC board

The United Democratic Movement welcomes the resignation of the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) board. The Mpati Commission can now go ahead and do a thorough investigation into the ins and outs of the allegations of corruption that surrounds the PIC. The UDM has equivocally stated in the past that the current board cannot play [...]

2020-05-25T15:08:26+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Public Investment Corporation|Comments Off on UDM welcomes resignation of PIC board

Hoërskool Driehoek shock; accident must be investigated

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the tragic accident at Hoërskool Driehoek that claimed lives of three school children, while many others were injured. The collapse of the walkway raises serious concerns over the safety of our pupils whilst on school [...]

2020-05-25T15:08:33+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Hoërskool Driehoek shock; accident must be investigated