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Call on the IEC to host a meeting for political parties to debate South Africa’s democratic ideals, electoral reform and the impact of Covid-19 on elections

Mr Glen Mashinini Chair of the Electoral Commission Private Bag X112 Centurion 0046 Dear Mr Mashinini Call on the IEC to host a meeting for political parties to debate South Africa’s democratic ideals, electoral reform and the impact of Covid-19 on elections 1. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has had in-depth internal discussions around two [...]

Capturing of the administration of NSFAS

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane The Public Protector South Africa Private Bag X677 Pretoria 0001 Dear Advocate Mkhwebane COMPLAINT: CAPTURING OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE NATIONAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID SCHEME - ALLEGED NEPOTISM AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS, STAFF VICTIMISATION AND PURGE, CORRUPTION AND MALADMINISTRATION As you might be aware, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) [...]

Donald Trump’s so-called Israeli-Palestinian peace plan is a recipe for disaster

The long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is well documented, but United States President Donald Trump’s “peace plan” might put peace between Israel and the Palestinians even further out of reach. It is an extreme pity that former President Nelson Mandela’s efforts to end their struggle was left to peter out. However, history has taught us that, [...]

Holomisa: Allegations of millions of Rands in irregular expenditure for critical OR Tambo District Municipality water and sanitation projects

Mr TK Makwetu Auditor-General of South Africa PO Box 446 Pretoria 0001 Mr Dondo Mogajane, Director-General: National Treasury Private Bag X115 Pretoria 0001 Mr Mbulelo Tshangana Acting Director-General: National Treasury Private Bag X313 Pretoria 0001 Dear Gentlemen ALLEGATIONS OF MILLIONS OF RANDS IN IRREGULAR EXPENDITURE FOR CRITICAL OR TAMBO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY WATER AND SANITATION [...]

DBSA approval of Poseidon water project grant/loan: CEO Sandile Sokhela seems to be economical with the truth

Mr Enoch Godongwana Chairman of the Board of Directors Development Bank of Southern Africa PO Box 1234 Halfway House 1685 Dear Mr Godongwana DBSA APPROVAL OF POSEIDON WATER PROJECT GRANT/LOAN: CEO SANDILE SOKHELA SEEMS TO BE ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH 1. I write to your good office regarding a grant/loan application submitted to the [...]

DBSA: looting of state resources by some of the same people involved in the Public Investment Corporation saga

Dear Mr President DBSA: looting of state resources by some of the same people involved in the Public Investment Corporation saga 1. I write to you with grave concern over the apparent looting of state resources by some of the very same individuals that were found to have had enhanced ability to secure easy [...]

World Environment Day 2020: #ForNature

As countries imposed lockdown procedures, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the impact humans have on the environment came into sharp focus. For example, the fact that there were fewer cars on the roads, planes in the sky and that dirty industries had temporarily closed meant that carbon emissions were reduced. We are operating under extreme [...]

Bantu Holomisa writes to Wesbank CEO Chris De Kock re Mr Mzukisi Ndara’s case

Dear Mr De Kock MZUKISI NDARA: NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS CONFIRMS “MISREPRESENTATIONS AND CONTRAVENTION OF STATUTES” BY WESBANK The above subject matter bears reference. The first time I wrote to you was on 2 May 2018, just over two years ago, seeking justice in the form of restoration for Mr Mzukisi Ndara, and his [...]

Composition of PIC interim board: beneficiaries should not be members

Honourable Minister Mboweni QUESTIONS AROUND THE COMPOSITION OF PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION’S BOARD: BENEFICIARIES SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO SERVE 1. Some time has lapsed since the 995-page report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation, as lead by the Honourable Justice Lex Mpati (‘the Mpati Commission’), [...]

Africa Day 2020

We celebrate Africa Day this year, amid the Coronavirus pandemic, which has certainly forced our focuses away from the African agenda and has indeed exposed the need for its acceleration. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that some progress has been made with Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the formation of the Africa [...]

2020-05-25T14:10:26+02:00May 25th, 2020|2020 Archive, Africa, Bantu Holomisa, Home|Comments Off on Africa Day 2020

Holomisa’s #MiocaLodge tweet court case

After blocking Mioca Lodge Covid-19 cash-cow, Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe is now suing UDM President Bantu Holomisa, here are some pertinent documents: Bantu Holomisa's Answering Affidavit - 21 May 2020 (5MB) Bantu Holomisa's Heads of Argument - 21 May 2020 (210KB) Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane's response to Bantu Holomisa's  15 May [...]

2020-05-21T14:37:11+02:00May 21st, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa|Comments Off on Holomisa’s #MiocaLodge tweet court case

UDM’s reaction Finance Minister’s briefing on the economic stimulus package

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has listened with interest to the details that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced as part of South Africa’s response to the economic havoc the Coronavirus has wrought. He appears to have clarity of thought with regards to the economic policy interventions required, but the proof will be in the pudding [...]

2020-07-09T19:05:22+02:00April 25th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s reaction Finance Minister’s briefing on the economic stimulus package

UDM’s reaction to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the announcements President Cyril Ramaphosa made on government’s plans to temper the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on South African’s lives and stimulate the economy. With this R500 billion stimulus package the government is falling in step with governments around the world, which have embarked on massive fiscal stimulus [...]

2020-07-09T19:05:17+02:00April 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Economy, Home|Comments Off on UDM’s reaction to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

UDM donates to Coronavirus Solidarity Fund

Ms Gloria Serobe Chairperson of the Solidarity Fund Dear Ms Serobe UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT’S DONATION TO SOLIDARITY FUND We greet you at this critical time of South Africa’s battle against the Coronavirus pandemic on our shores, in the spirit of empathy and unity. In line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call that public representatives make [...]

2020-07-09T19:05:01+02:00April 17th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19|Comments Off on UDM donates to Coronavirus Solidarity Fund

Holomisa writes to NCCC re COVID-19 lockdown review

Dear Chairperson of the National Coronavirus Command Council IMPORTANT MATTERS TO CONSIDER DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN REVIEW I wish to thank you for taking us, as political parties and stakeholders in South African society, for the confidence you showed in consulting us regarding the COVID-19 lockdown. We still endorse this critical move to find [...]

2020-07-09T19:04:51+02:00April 9th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Open Letters|3 Comments

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:05+02:00March 24th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Environment|1 Comment

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:19:50+02:00March 12th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance|Comments Off on PIC report: the UDM is vindicated on Harith

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:14:10+02:00March 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Higher and Basic Education, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa on Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:20:39+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: response 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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:32:00+02:00February 18th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, SONA|Comments Off on SONA 2020 debate: response 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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:18:42+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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:18:12+02:00January 16th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Coalition government, Nelson Mandela Bay, 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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:42:17+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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:42:32+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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:42:51+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, [...]

2020-05-25T14:43:44+02:00October 23rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, 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 [...]

2020-05-25T15:00:46+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. [...]

2020-05-25T15:02:19+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 [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:37+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 [...]

2020-05-25T15:03:49+02:00July 8th, 2019|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 [...]

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

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

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