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Access to 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 allow young people to access jobs, business opportunities, studying purposes, social safety awarenesses and other miscellaneous itinerary. It is unacceptable [...]

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 and fans throughout the competition Zozibini managed to swoop the title, taking over from Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. Zozibini [...]

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 Presidency. It is sad that women cannot live freely within our communities throughout South Africa, every day we read/hear of women [...]

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 travellers and business-people to our shores. Rightly or wrongly, there seem to have been a taint of distrust of South [...]

2019-11-26T18:02:02+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 that their properties were destroyed by adverse weather. Some of the havoc that has been witnessed like the over flooding [...]

Leaders/Depts of KZN Provincial Government are 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 which represent the poorest of the poor. This is an illustration that the ANC led government does not practice what [...]

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 truly disappointed by this behaviour of the learner which is rapidly becoming a norm in our schools.  The parents are [...]

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 with water. The town of Pomeroy in Msinga, was yet again brought to a standstill today (15 October 2019), due [...]

2019-10-15T16:34:52+02:00October 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Cogta, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN, 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 to its customers, for example, one cannot apply for a post box or pay for television licence or do transactions [...]

2019-10-10T11:18:10+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

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 who said: “No more!”. This House and the Executive must prioritize finding solutions, even if it means that we must [...]

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

Open Letter to President Ramaphosa: Gender-based violence

  Ms Thandi Nontenja Dear Mr President Recently, the country has been ravaged by news of gender based violence, women being abducted, raped and murdered. This is an everyday life for women in this country hence now we have the #AmInext movement, because honestly we are constantly stressing about who is going to be a victim of these atrocities ravaging our communities. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation call on you Mr President, [...]

2019-09-10T10:10:04+02:00September 10th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDEMWO, Open Letters, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Open Letter to President Ramaphosa: Gender-based violence

Violence against women: Punishment of women abusers is a laughing stock

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organization is disheartened by violence against women and children that is currently taking place throughout South Africa, Uyinene Mrwetyana a young girl who had a bright future was deprived an opportunity to achieve her goals and dreams, she didn’t just die, she was brutally murdered. Jeighandre Jegels a boxing champion from the Eastern Cape was also killed by her Police Officer boyfriend. A body [...]

2019-09-03T14:59:19+02:00September 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Xenophobia, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Violence against women: Punishment of women abusers is a laughing stock

UDM statement on the IFP’s newly elected leadership

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) would like to congratulate the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on its successful National Elective Congress held from the 23rd to the 25th of August, 2019. It is heartening that this National Elective Congress was able to elect a new leadership without any issues. The UDM would like to also commend the retired Party President, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi for [...]

2019-08-28T11:17:13+02:00August 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Home, Issues, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on UDM statement on the IFP’s newly elected leadership

Reflection on the deployment of the SANDF in the Western Cape

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is aware that it has been several weeks since the deployment of the soldiers in some of the gang war areas in the Western Cape and the sad part is that the killings or the number of people being killed brutally in the area has not gone down. This in a way compels one to perhaps reflect on whether deployment was bad idea [...]

2019-08-21T13:47:16+02:00August 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Defence, Home|Comments Off on Reflection on the deployment of the SANDF in the Western Cape

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the Vote on Public Works

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and members of the executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguish Guests And visitors at the gallery be greeted in Jesus naame Madam Speaker the United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the report, however Honourable Speaker, government must find a comprehensive approach on how to improve and monitor the irregular expenditure that has been increasing over the past years in this department. I am concerned [...]

2019-08-23T15:31:17+02:00August 20th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Mahlati, Home, Public Works, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Bongani Mahlati, MPL’s contribution the Vote on Public Works

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. 2. Introduction In a time of war, the politics and society are willing to accept that the military has a [...]

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

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the debate on violence against women and femicide

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the debate on violence against women and femicide on 16 August 2019 A very emotional issue indeed. The United Democratic Movement supports the support given by this House to fighting violence against women. Accordingly, we propose that the Zizipho Apleni be invited to come and address this house. We shall have made a powerful statement to our women that we are wholly against their abuse [...]

2019-08-23T16:26:10+02:00August 16th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the debate on violence against women and femicide

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: transport

1. Transportation plays a very critical role in the economy and livelihoods in our province. It’s all about moving goods and passengers. 2. The hot and cold relationship that this department has with the taxi industry remains, not just a matter of ongoing concern, but a risk to the above-mentioned scenario. Finally, a lasting solution needs to be found. 3. The atrocious conditions of the majority of road networks, mainly in the rural areas, [...]

2019-08-23T16:17:52+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches, Transport|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: transport