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COVID-19: Holomisa writes to NCCC: “Keep SA clean”

Dear Chairperson of the National Coronavirus Command Council CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS AND HEALTH DURING COVID-19 CRISIS AND LOCKDOWN As I stated at the Union Buildings on 22 March 2020, when the President and some of us as political leaders addressed the nation, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that in order for [...]

PIC report: the UDM is vindicated on Harith

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the publishing of the long-awaited report of the Mpati Commission of inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). We are happy that, even though President Ramaphosa took his sweet time in releasing it, it does not seem as if there was any attempt to lessen the blow. We [...]

Bantu Holomisa on Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth

Speech by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President on The Big Political Corner – Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth at the Black Business Council Annual Policy Summit at Gallagher Estate in Midrand Let me start off by saying thank you to the Black Business Council for hosting this summit and complimenting it for having a good [...]

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 [...]

2020-02-20T09:10:26+02:00February 20th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa on South Africa Today and How Best to Position Ourselves for the Future

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 [...]

2020-02-18T17:34:14+02:00February 18th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, SONA|Comments Off on SONA 2020 debate: speech by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly

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 [...]

2020-01-31T12:42:30+02:00January 31st, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Defence, Home, Speeches, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Speech by Bantu Holomisa at the farewell function for Major General Mlindeni Sibango

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 [...]

2020-01-16T12:51:21+02:00January 16th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Coalition, Coalition Government, Democracy, Nelson Mandela Bay, NMB, Political Realignment|Comments Off on UDM in talks with DA

Call to keep South Africa rubbish-free over the Festive Season

As we approach the annual exodus where most South Africans return to their homes in the rural areas, and travel to holiday destinations, to take a rest period and celebrate the Festive Season, we are confronted with the usual littering along our roads. Travelers tend to throw garbage out of car and taxi windows, and [...]

2019-12-05T09:17:44+02:00December 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Environment|Comments Off on Call to keep South Africa rubbish-free over the Festive Season

Member’s statement: Holomisa on United Kingdom visas

Honourable Speaker, For some time now the United Kingdom (UK) has required South Africans to apply for visas to visit the UK, because of that country’s security concerns. This includes the tedious requirement to obtain a transit visa to connect with flights to other countries. Yet, South Africa is still committed to freely welcome UK [...]

2019-11-26T18:02:02+02:00November 26th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home|2 Comments

Condolences with passing of Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu

We have learnt with shock of the untimely passing of the AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu. His death is a terrible loss for the Xhosa Nation and South Africa. King Zwelonke was an outspoken and independent individual who did not shy away from expressing his opinions – especially when things were not right in [...]

2019-11-14T12:41:58+02:00November 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Condolences with passing of Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu

UDM reaction to Mmusi Maimane’s resignation

The past few days has certainly been interesting in terms of changes to the South African political landscape. Not only has senior leader, Herman Mashaba, announced that he can no longer remain a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA), now its federal leader Mmusi Maimane has resigned. The pressure brought on by Ryan Coetzee, [...]

2019-10-23T17:40:23+02:00October 23rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Democracy, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|Comments Off on UDM reaction to Mmusi Maimane’s resignation

Vehicle financing: Holomisa asks Wesbank CEO some pointed questions

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF WESBANK, CHRIS DE KOCK Mr Chris de Kock Wesbank Chief Executive Officer Enterprise Road Fairland 2170 Dear Mr De Kock ALLEGED CORRUPTION IN MOTOR VEHICLE SALES: THIRTY MORE PEOPLE CONFIRM SEEMING FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING WESBANK FINANCING 1. Introduction Our meeting of the 10th of May [...]

Violence against women and children, and crime in South Africa

Honourable Speaker, Mr President and Deputy President, Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Honourable Members. 1. Introduction The United Democratic Movement (UDM) commends the fact that Parliament is debating solutions to gender-based violence, child abuse, rampant crime in general, as well as lawlessness. We are here today in response to the brave women of this country [...]

2019-09-18T16:15:22+02:00September 18th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Violence against women and children, and crime in South Africa

Bantu Holomisa’s address at the Colloquium on Civil Military Relations in South Africa

• Honourable Chairperson • Honourable Minister and Deputy Minister • Secretary of Defence • Fellow Committee Members and Parliamentarians • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Thank you Allow me this opportunity to thank our Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, Mr VC Xaba, MP, for the opportunity to address you today. [...]

2019-08-20T13:27:03+02:00August 20th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Defence, Home|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s address at the Colloquium on Civil Military Relations in South Africa

Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President’s address at the BPI Foundation’s 2019 Summit

Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President’s address at the BPI Foundation’s 2019 Summit on 1 and 2 August 2019 at the Midrand Conference Centre Topic of discussion: “The oneness and shared success we seek and should aspire to as a new nation and developing country, while battling with deep wounds of our historical atrocities” • [...]

Bantu Holomisa reacts to ANC’s Jesse Duarte statement

Ms Jesse Duarte took the opportunity to make scornful remarks about leaders who have left the African National Congress (ANC), and casting aspersion on their integrity, in an SABC “documentary”. Clearly, the SABC is still run as a subsidiary of the ANC and it still uses the public broadcaster as a publicity tool, hiding its [...]

2019-07-31T16:44:41+02:00July 31st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa reacts to ANC’s Jesse Duarte statement

Holomisa writes to PIC Commission re alleged R2.5m personal loan from VBS to Dr Dan Matjila, former PIC boss

Dear Advocate Lubbe SC DR DAN MATJILA’S EXPECTED TESTIMONY AT THE MPATI COMMISSION: FURTHER GERMANE INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM A WHISTLE-BLOWER I herewith acknowledge receipt of your email, dated 6 July 2019, wherein you informed me that - according to the rules of the commission of inquiry into allegations of impropriety regarding the Public Investment [...]

2019-07-08T10:40:08+02:00July 8th, 2019|#PICScandal, 2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters|Comments Off on Holomisa writes to PIC Commission re alleged R2.5m personal loan from VBS to Dr Dan Matjila, former PIC boss

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 [...]

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 [...]

2019-04-27T11:22:54+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

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 [...]

2019-04-14T14:25:10+02:00April 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Home, Labour, Marikana Massacre, Minerals and Energy, Police brutality, Public Investment Corporation, SA Mining Industry, 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 [...]

2019-04-07T14:27:35+02:00April 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Human rights, Xenophobia|Comments Off on UDM meeting discussing Xenophobia

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 [...]

2019-04-05T15:24:14+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 [...]

2019-04-01T17:10:48+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 [...]

2019-03-29T08:54:09+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 [...]

2019-03-25T15:18:18+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 [...]

2019-03-26T19:48:41+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 [...]

2019-03-21T12:37:08+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 [...]

2019-03-07T12:46:10+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

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. [...]

2019-03-04T16:34:50+02:00March 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Environment, Home|Comments Off on UDM welcomes President Ramaphosa’s green initiative

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 [...]

2019-02-26T17:01:57+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

Bantu Holomisa’s keynote address at the launch of the UDM’s manifesto

• Deputy President of the UDM; • UDM National Office Bearers; • Members of our National Executive Committee; • The party’s provincial leadership; • The Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor and the people of this metro who are our hosts; • Members and supporters of the UDM; • Fellow South Africans; Introduction Good day [...]

2019-02-18T13:06:25+02:00February 16th, 2019|2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s keynote address at the launch of the UDM’s manifesto

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 [...]

2019-02-13T09:08:37+02:00February 12th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, SONA, Speeches|1 Comment

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 [...]

2019-02-06T15:39:44+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

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 [...]

2019-02-05T14:01:32+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 [...]

2019-02-01T18:11:44+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

UDM welcomes, Ms Sindi Mashinini-Maphumulo, former NFP deputy-president, to the fold

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President in welcoming of new members to the United Democratic Movement on 1 February 2019 in Durban • Chairperson • UDM leadership, and • Most importantly, our guests; • Members of the UDM Your joining the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is a vital step to realise our [...]

2019-02-01T16:23:02+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on UDM welcomes, Ms Sindi Mashinini-Maphumulo, former NFP deputy-president, to the fold

State Capture Inquiry should look into R350m Hlano deal to ascertain ANC & Zonkizizwe involvement

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo Private Bag X1 Constitution Hill Braamfontein 2017 Dear Sir STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY: INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS AND ZONKIZIZWE INVESTMENTS’ INVOLVEMENT IN GAUTENG ROU HOUSING LOAN PORTFOLIO DEAL BETWEEN HLANO FINANCIAL SERVICES AND THE GAUTENG DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS To provide context, we refer you to a 2016 [...]

2019-01-09T14:26:04+02:00January 9th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Open Letters, State Capture Inquiry|Comments Off on State Capture Inquiry should look into R350m Hlano deal to ascertain ANC & Zonkizizwe involvement

UDM’s New Year’s message

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President In 2018 South Africa saw the pressure exerted by opposition parties, over the past three years, culminating in the resignation of a self-serving and negligent president. Our unwavering insistence led to commissions of inquiry being instituted to start rooting out the cancer of institutional corruption in government. [...]

2019-01-09T14:17:04+02:00December 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Interviews, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s New Year’s message

GEPF’s R7,4 billion write-offs are shocking

The United Democratic Movement noted with disbelief, the Government Employees Pension Fund’s (GEPF) write-offs amounting to R7,4 billion for the 2017/2018 financial year. These write-offs are of direct consequence of some of the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) most controversial deals such as investments in Steinhoff/Lancaster 101, as well as with companies controlled by Iqbal Surve. [...]

2018-12-04T11:08:38+02:00December 4th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on GEPF’s R7,4 billion write-offs are shocking

Mendi Msimang: Rest in peace our struggle hero

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President A tribute by Mr Bantu Holomisa The nation is mourning the painful death of yet another son of the soil, uTata Mendi Msimang. He was cut from the same cloth as the founding president of our democracy, Tata Madiba and of the same generation of people like [...]

2018-12-03T13:52:47+02:00December 3rd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Tributes|Comments Off on Mendi Msimang: Rest in peace our struggle hero

Holomisa at the 5th RENAPRI stakeholder conference: speaking notes on Unlocking the economic potential of land through good governance

Speaking Notes by Mr BH Holomisa, (MP) and UDM President 5th RENAPRI STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE: Unlocking the economic potential of land through good governance 28 – 29 November 2018, Zanzibar, Tanzania • Chairperson • Fellow panellists • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Land itself at the crux of the matter: the South African example As many [...]

2018-11-28T09:44:47+02:00November 28th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Land, Speeches|Comments Off on Holomisa at the 5th RENAPRI stakeholder conference: speaking notes on Unlocking the economic potential of land through good governance