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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, [...]

Loss of used Covid-19 test kits near Mdantsane is proof of an uncaring ANC government

  Ms Thandi NontenjThe United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) has noted how the Eastern Cape provincial government has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The uncharted waters we are currently navigating have exposed that the ruling party is not interested in the wellbeing of our people, but rather in their own [...]

2020-07-02T14:15:09+02:00June 30th, 2020|2020 Archive, Home, Issues|0 Comments

Transport Department must take SANTACO seriously!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disappointed with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s failure to address disgruntled taxi drivers just a few days ago. This is not what is expected of a minister; he could have done better and not just throw tantrums, as the taxi drivers are justifiably [...]

Youth Power- Growing South Africa together in a time of Covid-19”

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng Honourable Chairperson Honourable Members Fellow South Africans   The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) salutes the frontline workers and those in healthcare who place their lives in the firing line, fighting the invisible enemy.  We also would like to convey our deepest condolences to the families of [...]

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 [...]

Introduction of “Scoo-mbulance” in the Eastern Cape is an insult to the people

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The introduction of EMS scooters by the Eastern Cape provincial government is a bad idea and is just a waste of tax-payers’ hard-earned money.   It is doubtful that these scooters can properly manoeuvre rough roads and inaccessible areas, especially during adverse weather.   In addition, these bikers, [...]

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 [...]

Gender-based violence: back in spotlight

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is enraged that gender-based violence (GBV) is on the rise during the Covid-19 lockdown. GBV has never dissipated; we live amongst abusers, rapists, and murderers in our communities. Simply put, being a woman in South Africa is dangerous.   If a GBV [...]

Schools are going to be major coronavirus transmission centres

Ms Thandi Nontenja Schools opened yesterday and the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is outraged at government’s willingness to risk the lives of school pupils and teachers. It was quickly reported that Gauteng alone had 38 schools with coronavirus infections and the Western Cape had 55; which is the epicentre of this [...]

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’), [...]

Youth Month: the need for urgent change

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng We are always reminded of the bravery of the young people of 1976, who took to the streets of South Africa to fight a system of injustice, prejudice, inequality, racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and suppression. They fought for a regime change and laws that would favour the majority [...]

UDM KZN perplexed at renaming of Umzinyathi District Municipality to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal is shocked at the announcement made by Umzinyathi District Municipality Mayor PMS Ngubane, that the municipality is undergoing a name change to "Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi District Municipality". The Umzinyathi community was taken by total surprise when we heard the announcement via uKhoziFM. What is at issue here [...]

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|0 Comments

Covid-19 and government: a worst nightmare for women and children

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is deeply perturbed by how life is turning out for many South Africans, especially women, as we daily hear of large numbers of retrenchments, due to the Covid-19 lockdown. This is hitting very hard in the cases of sole family-breadwinners. It was [...]

2020-05-22T14:26:45+02:00May 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Economy, Government, Health, Home, Human rights, Interviews, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Covid-19 and government: a worst nightmare for women and children

UDEMWO rejects reopening of schools

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) rejects the reopening of schools, on 1 June 2020 for Grade 7 and 12 learners, as announced yesterday by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and so approved by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). The fact that the Minister herself had [...]

Unfair food parcel distribution: the ANC’s greediness is worrisome

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by how government and SASSA are keeping quiet about African National Congress (ANC) officials, members and/or councillors unfairly distributing food parcels to the needy in various communities throughout South Africa. In some areas, food parcels are given to people along party [...]

UDEMWO: Children going to school: is government really ready for this massive operation?

Ms Thandi Nontenja As we are amid the battle against the Coronavirus, we have heard government saying that strict health guidelines have been drawn up regarding the operation of schools, including limiting pupils to 40 in a class, compulsory mask-wearing and the sanitisation of hands, classrooms and scholar transport. However, since the number [...]

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 [...]

2020-04-25T10:02:47+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 [...]

2020-04-22T16:28:14+02:00April 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Covid-19, Economy, Home|Comments Off on UDM’s reaction to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

No to a Quarantine Centre in Limpopo

  The United Democratic Movement in Limpopo is disheartened by the unliteral decision taken by the Department of Health to bring South Africans who are to be repatriated from Wuhan, China which is the Capital of Coronavirus to Limpopo. As much as Limpopo is a friendly province, it must not be taken for granted and [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:13+02:00March 12th, 2020|2020 Archive, Home, Issues|Comments Off on No to a Quarantine Centre in Limpopo

UDEMWO welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi. The Gauteng MEC of Education Mr Phanyaza Lesufi has done a sterling job to make sure those that are implicated are brought to book timeously including the Headmaster of Parktown Boys. Though this will not [...]

2020-03-06T10:48:24+02:00March 6th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi

Beastly behaviour at higher learning institutions

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is extremely shocked at the beastly behaviour of students at the University of Fort Hare. Hardly a month has passed since Yonela Boli was allegedly slain by his girlfriend at this very same institution, and it has come to UDEMWO’s attention that Olwethu [...]

2020-05-25T14:14:00+02:00February 26th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Beastly behaviour at higher learning institutions

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:14:47+02:00February 20th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:21:05+02:00February 3rd, 2020|#DataMustFall, 2020 Archive, Economy, Government, Home, Human rights, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDMYV, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Postponement of lower data prices is a justice denied

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

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:22:08+02:00January 29th, 2020|2020 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Issues, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Free education a reality or a dream deferred

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:17:52+02:00January 24th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and security, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Signing of indemnity in schools must be reviewed: Enoch Mpianzi’s incident

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:18:00+02:00January 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM KwaZulu-Natal|Comments Off on A weird way of Employing teachers in KZN!

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 [...]

2020-05-25T14:22:36+02:00January 21st, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Dismissal of corrupt managers at the SABC is not enough!

Access to the internet is a human right! 

  The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard welcomes the Competition Commission call for the South African mobile operator giants Vodacom and MTN to reduce their data charges by 30% to 50% within two months.   This has been a call that the UDMYV has made for quite some time, calling for data to fall and [...]

2020-05-25T14:36:36+02:00December 11th, 2019|#DataMustFall, 2019 Archive, Economy, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDMYV|Comments Off on Access to the internet is a human right! 

From humble beginnings to queen of the universe

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard joins millions of South Africans and Billions of people around the globe in celebrating yet another victory for our country. Our Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has won Miss Universe 2019 pageant held in Atlanta USA. After wowing to the judges [...]

Gender-based violence: enough is enough!

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is disheartened about how these brutal killings are becoming a norm in our communities. Another young life lost, another bright future deprived. We cannot afford to have yet another hashtag with no action taken by the Police and other relevant departments including the [...]

2020-05-25T14:38:05+02:00December 4th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Issues, Justice, Police, Thandi Nontenja, Uncategorized, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Gender-based violence: enough is enough!

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

KwaZulu-Natal precarious weather

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families who had lost their loved ones in the past 3 days, due to the severe and dreich weather in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Party also sympathises with the members of different communities [...]

KZN provincial government is extravagant

The United Democratic Movement is perturbed by the news that the MEC for Education in the Province is using a hired motor vehicle for his official business that is costing taxpayers a whooping R100 000 per month. This is unbelievable if one considers that the ANC claims to be the government of the people and [...]

2020-05-25T14:43:34+02:00November 12th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Media statements: UDM KwaZulu-Natal, Opinion Pieces, Uncategorized|Comments Off on KZN provincial government is extravagant

A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by the sad news of the passing of an educator at Sivuyile Primary School in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape. The video of a heated argument between an Educator and a learner started circulating on social media late last week. The UDM is [...]

2020-05-25T14:42:55+02:00November 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

Water issues in Msinga and the prevailing corruption: KwaZulu Natal

  The United Democratic Movement (UDM), in KwaZulu-Natal, pleads with the Umzinyathi District Municipality, the Water Services Authority responsible for water supply in Msinga Local Municipality, to at least respect the law under which it is established, The Water Services Act. This municipality has displayed unwillingness, pure disregard and arrogance in servicing people of Msinga [...]

2020-05-25T14:43:51+02:00October 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Cooperative governance, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Media statements: UDM KwaZulu-Natal, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Water issues in Msinga and the prevailing corruption: KwaZulu Natal

South African Post Office Service Sucks: Poor service delivery

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disheartened by the poor service rendered by the Post Office, The Tramshed branch in Pretoria (Tshwane) cbd to be precisely has been offline for quite some time. The customers are receiving a raw deal. This post office cannot provide basic services [...]

2020-05-25T15:00:30+02:00October 10th, 2019|2019 Archive, Archives, Bongani Msomi, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, State Owned Enterprises, Youth Issues|Comments Off on South African Post Office Service Sucks: Poor service delivery