Having met on its 5th Congress, the United Democratic Movement strives to create a South African government that responds to the socio-economic challenges confronting the nation. The UDM fifth Congress laid another brick towards building a firm foundation for the development and fine-tuning of Party policies on wide ranging issues of the nation.
The Congress was extremely concerned with the rate of corruption within our country that has reached a stage of being a threat to our national security. It mandated its leader in parliament to sponsor at the National Assembly a “Bribery Bill” as part of the aggressive fight against public and private sector corruption.
The UDM will lobby and mobilise for national government to revisit the tax system and tighten financial controls as part of the mechanisms to fight the illicit financial flows and its adverse impact on the economy. To compel all companies directly investing into the South African economy to have local content on ownership and preconceived obligation to reinvest certain percentage of its profits within the country.
The Congress further mandated the National Executive Committee to continue lobbying other political parties, civil society organisations and the nation at large for a National Indaba on Economic Transformation in order to develop a blue print of the economic transformation path and to develop a national blue print on spatial local economic development to avoid the capital outflow in the guise of rural and local economic development initiatives.
The UDM has decided to continue being part of radical campaign for a free quality education and lobby all sectors of society for the realisation of sustainable development and human dignity for all.
The Congress denounced the decision to sack the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, as irrational and not meeting up to the S1(c) demands of the national constitution. The UDM is against the deployment of ruling party cadres without skills into high position of power within the state and/or state companies. This practice not only promotes inefficiency and corruption, and is fast turning the country into a Banana Republic.
The Congress resolved to radically campaign and mobilise South African society against the elite projects, like E-Tolls and Nuclear Energy Plants, intendent to fund the ruling elite friends and the confers of the ruling party. The UDM believes the falling prices of renewable energy technology makes it the only sensible option for sustainable development that is couched on the protection of our environment. Therefore the UDM aligns itself with the aggressive campaigns for Green Energy.
The Congress mandated the National Executive Committee (NEC) to develop and adopt a re-branding strategy that would make the party relevant to the demands of the 21st century. This include attracting into its fold all sectors of society in particular youth, students and professionals.
The Congress adopted the 2016 Local Government Elections – Manifesto whose theme is: “Put Community First – Save South Africa – Live the Dream”. It further directed all its structures branches to be part of social audits in their respective communities to ensure the monitoring and evaluation of service delivery.
UDM, will create inclusive and independent ward committees that represent and account to citizens of a ward than to a party councillor. These ward committees will be responsible for coordinating development of ward based plans to be included in the municipal IDP.
Consultation with communities will mean, under UDM council; that citizens of a ward will be responsible for identifying their challenges, solutions and be central in implementing their developmental plans.
UDM will not give priority to its members who are councillors over the citizens of a ward and a municipality. Any UDM councillor that is alleged of corruption or any other act that is against the people will be swiftly removed.
The Congress was totally against the new elite systems that contravenes poor people’s Constitutional rights to Basic services like water and electricity. It mandated the National Executive Committee to convene a National Policy Conference within eighteen (18) months from the date of the Congress.
We believe in a UDM that serves the people that people serving it. This is so, because UDM firmly accept that first is the country and its citizens.