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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 [...]

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 our country. On behalf of the United Democratic Movement and myself, I express our condolences with his family and the [...]

2019-11-14T12:41:58+02:00November 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Media statements: UDM|0 Comments

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 [...]

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, Tony Leon and Michiel le Roux’s scathing report deprives the DA’s branches of an opinion on the matter. The tail [...]

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

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

University of Zululand:Vulnerability of Students

  Mr Bongani Msomi The United Democratic Movement notes with concern the vulnerability of students who resides in private accommodations that are not part of the university’s residences and it supports the initiative of students for embarking on a protest demonstration. The students opt to lodge or stay at private accommodation because the university is failing to provide with them adequate accommodation in its residences. They do not have a choice but for [...]

2019-09-18T08:55:02+02:00September 18th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Issues, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN, Youth Issues|Comments Off on University of Zululand:Vulnerability of Students

The UDM in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the IFP to come clean on its forever lasting investigation of its uMzinyathi District Municipality Mayor

On 24 May 2019, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) exposed, in the form of recordings, the until then, widely speculated allegations of corruption of the Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) uMzinyathi District Municipality Mayor. The allegations pertained to the siphoning off of funds from that municipality. In an Isolezwe newspaper article on the 3rd of June, IFP Spokesperson, Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa, was quoted saying that the IFP was investigating the matter. On 7 June, during a [...]

2019-07-03T16:49:48+02:00July 3rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Government, Home, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on The UDM in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the IFP to come clean on its forever lasting investigation of its uMzinyathi District Municipality Mayor

Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA delivered by the Honourable FG Mahlati, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier and Members of the Executive Honourable Members of the Legislature Officials present here Distinguished guests and visitors at the gallery Be greeted in Jesus’ name. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you, we wish you all of the best and happiness in your new venture, may this journey take you to the way of success. The Eastern Cape is faced with many challenges, like poor housing [...]

2019-07-03T19:32:34+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SOPA|Comments Off on Response to the premier’s Eastern Cape SOPA delivered by the Honourable FG Mahlati, UDM Member of the Eastern Cape Legislature

Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement has observed that there have been too many service delivery protests around South Africa, prior to elections and after. We hoped to see less of these occurrences, especially after elections, but seemingly they are increasing on a daily basis. We saw what happened when the red ants overran Alexandra in Johannesburg, when the life of a three months old baby was claimed. Yesterday in [...]

2019-06-28T13:05:56+02:00June 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Civil Disobedience, Housing and Human Settlements, Human rights, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Violent service delivery protests claim lives: this is not on!

Good luck to the newly sworn-in premier of KwaZulu-Natal and his executive

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), welcomes the KZN premier and the provincial MECs to their new roles. We are encouraged that none of them are known for the bad odour of corruption and we advise them to maintain that status. As the premier prides himself for picking young and new blood in his executive, the KZN UDM hopes that such will bring about innovation in service delivery as, mostly, innovation is [...]

2019-05-28T11:07:38+02:00May 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on Good luck to the newly sworn-in premier of KwaZulu-Natal and his executive

The 6th parliament will make or break South Africa

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is cautiously optimistic about South Africa’s future as our 6th parliament is established today. However, only time will tell whether the next five years will in fact bring to life President Cyril Ramaphosa’s proposed new dawn. As per the UDM’s longstanding advice, we in particular await President Ramaphosa’s substantial reduction of cabinet and that the rotten apples will not find their way back [...]

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. [...]

2019-05-21T13:47:53+02:00May 21st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, Social development and welfare|Comments Off on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

UDM’s reaction to election 2019 results

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes to thank South Africans who took part in the 2019 national and provincial elections and in particular those who voted for the UDM and placed their trust in us. We are surprised and disappointed at the UDM’s performance and we will have to go back to the drawing board to determine where we went wrong, with our eyes firmly on an improved result in the 2021 and 2024 [...]

2019-05-11T13:47:49+02:00May 11th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM’s reaction to election 2019 results

eNCA is biased towards some political parties

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja, UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked and offended by eNCA’s style of running its programming in the run-up to the 8th of May elections. We were invited to a party panel discussion to unpack our manifesto, on the 2nd of May, just to be unceremoniously disinvited, because only the “three big parties” will be given an opportunity to participate. The political playing field is level at [...]

2019-04-30T11:15:36+02:00April 30th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Home, Media statements: UDM, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on eNCA is biased towards some political parties

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 [...]

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