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Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned that the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is quite reticent when the country needs his attention the most. Since the beginning of the academic year, there has been unrest in a number of South African universities like the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Central University of Technology in the Free State and others. These crises have been met with [...]

Bantu Holomisa on South Africa Today and How Best to Position Ourselves for the Future

Let me start off by saying a heartfelt “thank you” to the South African Ubuntu Foundation for giving me this opportunity to chat with you today. Ladies and gentlemen, South Africa faces a triple crisis. Not the conventional one of unemployment, poverty and inequality, though those underlying socio-economic conditions remain, scarring our land, and casting a long shadow over the post-1994 South Africa. No, a new triple crisis: first, a fiscal crisis; second, an energy [...]

2020-02-20T09:10:26+02:00February 20th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Speeches|0 Comments

SONA 2020 debate: speech by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly

Mr President Honourable Speaker Honourable Members Since the change of government in 1994 there have been improvements. Yet, judging by the uneasiness of the people who have been suffering due to poor service delivery, it is difficult to explain to them, when the same leadership which liberated them yesterday are now embroiled in the looting of state resources. It simply means that the noble intentions which were pronounced in 1994 have been hijacked by [...]

2020-02-18T17:34:14+02:00February 18th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, SONA|0 Comments

Dissent voices on SOEs by top leadership is disheartening!

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement takes note on contradicting statements issued over the weekend by the President of the ruling party and his National Person on the ailing state-owned entity the South African airways. The President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that SAA will not be sold or shut down and within hours the chairperson, Mr Gwede Mantashe told the nation that this entity should be shut down if [...]

The UDM Youth Vanguard is disgusted by bully tendencies from the DA.

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng For far too long, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has used every nefarious political tactic to tarnish the image and reputation of the of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Comrade Mongameli Bobani with baseless accusations. The smear campaign against Mr Bobani started during the days of Athol Trollip and Mmusi Maimane without evidence. They continued to label Bobani as corrupt thereby indirectly saying the UDM is corrupt [...]

Postponement of lower Data prices is a Justice Denied

  The UDM Youth Vanguard is in awe at the extension of the deadline that was initially two months for network operators to reduce data costs. If these network operators were interested in reducing data, they could have done so within the timeframe the Competition Commission had set. Calls for reduction of data prices were not a new thing when the Commission tabled their report in December,2019. This clarion call has been around for years. [...]

Speech by Bantu Holomisa at the farewell function for Major General Mlindeni Sibango

Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to say a few words at this farewell function for Major General Mlindeni Sibango; a brother in arms and a long-time friend. On behalf of General Sibango I wish to thank the South African National Defence Force for giving him the opportunity to serve this Country. He certainly distinguished himself and made us proud. I have known General Sibango since the years of the then [...]

2020-01-31T12:42:30+02:00January 31st, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Defence, Home, Speeches, Youth Issues|0 Comments

Free Education a reality or a dream deferred

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng In December 2017 on the evening of the ANC Conference, South African youth woke up to news that free higher education was finally a reality as the then President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma declared. These news were greatly received with jubilation hence fees must fall activists thought they finally won the long war that has seen many young people lose their lives and others like Khanya Cekeshe activists [...]

Enough is Enough: Laticia Jansen

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is totally flabbergasted with the ongoing behaviour of violence within schoolers in South Africa. Every day, every week, we wake up to devastating news of yet another learner that has lost a life. This has become a norm in our society, with so many questions left unanswered. Sending your children to school to get education nowadays simply means you are sending them straight [...]

Signing of indemnity in schools must be reviewed: Enoch Mpianzi’s incident

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is as shocked as President Cyril Ramaphosa would be, at the total negligence at Parktown Boys High, where a young boy named Enoch Mpianzi lost his life during their trip at Ngathi River and Bush lodge. We ask ourselves a question, why there was no roll call before the children stepped into the bus and at the site before resuming activities. This type [...]

Justice for Sibongile Nkhwashu

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is disgusted by the acts of South African men who have no respect for women’s lives. In the previous year, we have seen women die like flies in the hands of men. It has been 22 days into the New year, we wake up to shocking and devastating news of yet another young woman who’s been brutally murdered by her boyfriend. The question [...]

Justice for Sibongile Nkhwashu

Ms Thandi Nontenja[/caption] The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is disgusted by the acts of South African men who have no respect for women’s lives. In the previous year, we have seen women die like flies in the hands of men. It has been 22 days into the New year, we wake up to shocking and devastating news of yet another young woman who’s been brutally murdered by her boyfriend. The question lingers [...]

A weird way of Employing teachers in KZN!

  The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KZN, appeals to the Department of Education in the province, to be cognisant of the 'transparency' element in the 'Batho Pele' principle when it comes to employment of teachers. The Department has since taken upon itself in employing teachers instead of them being appointed at their respective districts due to "alleged corruption which involved nepotism and bribery", among other reasons. All teachers seeking positions are required to enter [...]

Dismissal of Corrupt Managers at the SABC is not enough!

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is of the view that the reports that shows the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) has lost 1.5Billion in revenue over the period of 2018/19 is unacceptable to the core. The dismissal and disciplinary measures by the Public broadcaster are not enough punishable measures for the perpetrators. The public has heard enough of this. The SABC, recently got a bailout of 2.1Billion rand [...]

UDM in talks with DA

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Democratic Alliance met today in Pretoria to talk about the possible future of coalition politics in South Africa; in particularly where it concerns the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM). Various matters were discussed in terms of the principles that must be applied to take the work of this council forward. Both parties agreed that service delivery to the people of the NMBMM is of paramount importance. [...]