|Issues

Funds allegedly siphoned off from uMzinyathi district municipality service providers

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal, is appalled at a recording we have in our possession, where the voice of the uMzinyathi district mayor is allegedly having a fishy conversation with one of the municipal executive managers. In the recording, it sounds as if the mayor instructed this official to confront the municipal manager about funds that the municipal manager had apparently siphoned off from two municipal service providers (allegedly to the tune of [...]

UDMYV: Young parliamentarians have a big task ahead

Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Youth Vanguard congratulates all the young persons who were sworn into the sixth democratic parliament. It is encouraging to see that quite a number of the members of parliament who took the oath yesterday represent the youth of South Africa. Yet, this happens at a time where our youth faces many challenges, such as plummeting unemployment prospects, the lack of fee free [...]

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, UDM Deputy President On this day, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we are reminded of how we should respect one another’s constitutional rights and, specifically, each South African’s right to cultural expression. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that cultural diversity drives change, not only with respect to economic growth, but it also assists our society to achieve sustainable development, which in turn reduces poverty. [...]

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 where this nation has been brought down on its knees. It is for this reason that the United Democratic Movement [...]

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 fateful day on 16 August 2012. We still mourn the loss of life and pray that those who paid with [...]

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 road of success The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has since its inception batted on the wicket of the ethics of [...]

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 a Sunday. Despite South Africa’s challenges since political emancipation in 1994, we can all agree that we, as a nation, [...]

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

#ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the volatile situation in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Much of this unhappiness stems from the African National Congress’ (ANC) misuse of billions of Rands allocated to the Alexandra renewal project during the era of former President Thabo Mbeki. RDP houses in Alexandra Extension 7, were apparently sold to non-South Africans and this explosive situation has the potential to spill over to xenophobic attacks. In [...]

2019-04-12T10:04:51+02:00April 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Housing and Human Settlements, Human rights, Local Government, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security, Service delivery, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on #ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

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 understand that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has invested in Sibanye-Stillwater. The questions [...]

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

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 Africa’s current administrative machinery, and will erode the last shred of dignity it possesses. The country is sick and tired [...]

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?

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 March 2019, I had the privilege to visit various communities in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. From my interaction with [...]

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 were allegedly assaulted by persons wearing African National Congress regalia. One of our members was admitted to hospital with injuries [...]

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

UDEMWO: Women are not punch bags

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Women abuse has become our daily bread, we are sick and tired of waking up to outrageous stories that revolves around women abuse. We are absolutely shocked and disturbed by a video of kwaito star Mampintsha that is making the rounds on social media showing that he is seemingly beating his girlfriend Bongekile Simelane, better known as ‘Babes Wodumo’. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes [...]

2019-03-04T16:49:20+02:00March 4th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: Women are not punch bags

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. Every city, town, suburb, township, informal settlement and rural areas are filthy and is in desperate need of intervention. Many [...]

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

UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

We find it extremely difficult to digest the fact that three women, who hail from the Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape were, late last year, burnt to death because they had allegedly been witchcraft practitioners. This can only be described as the worst aberration of what might be called “mob justice”. It was recently reported that elderly women in the Eastern Cape are physically abused, raped and killed, because they practised [...]

2019-03-01T10:53:06+02:00March 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disgusted that yet another African National Congress (ANC) leader has been accused of women abuse. As the story unfolds, we note that these accusations constantly rotate amongst the ruling party’s prominent male leaders. Some of those alleged culprits have been Danny Jordaan, Marius Fransman, Mduduzi Manana, and more recently Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa. And, lest we forget, their very own, former president Jacob Zuma. Even [...]

2019-02-28T11:02:25+02:00February 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse