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UDM calls for calm during SRC elections

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls for calm during this time of student representative council elections at many of our institutions of higher learning. What the country witnessed at the Soshanguve Campus of the Tshwane University of Technology is not acceptable. We are disturbed by the allegations that police are accused of killing a student during protests. We believe that the life that was lost during the clash [...]

2018-08-30T13:28:01+00:00August 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for calm during SRC elections

UDEMWO condemns attack of teacher in school premises

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed and shocked by the attack of a teacher by two students in a video that is making rounds on the social networks this week. The behaviour of the students is not acceptable. This incident occurred in school grounds in broad day light. It is reported that the assault started after the teacher confiscated a cell phone of one of the students when she was playing music [...]

2018-06-14T10:03:03+00:00June 14th, 2018|2018 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns attack of teacher in school premises

2018 Budget Vote 14: Basic Education; declaration by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

Ms Cynthia Majeke, UDM Member of Parliament Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members Education is the greatest investment into the success of the National Development Plan and the advancement of the South African socio-economic status and basic education is the starting point. Over time the quality and output of the South African basic education system has changed. On the positive side: • Pre-school enrolment has improved; • The proportion of people with aged 20 [...]

2018-05-10T16:39:05+00:00May 9th, 2018|2018 Archive, Cynthia Majeke, Higher and Basic Education, Home|Comments Off on 2018 Budget Vote 14: Basic Education; declaration by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

#UniversityStudents, be responsible and good luck for 2018!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General Message to students from by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes the best of luck to all the young South Africans who will begin a new chapter of life at the institutions of higher learning throughout the Country. We hope that you are ready for new ventures ahead and that you will meet the challenges that cross your paths head-on. Make [...]

2018-01-24T15:57:16+00:00January 17th, 2018|#FeesMustFall, 2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #UniversityStudents, be responsible and good luck for 2018!

#FreeEducation for those who can’t afford it, is a good thing; IF properly implemented!

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President One can argue that President Zuma’s announcement of free tertiary education, for students who can’t afford it, is a populist Hail Mary Pass; but the United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes there is merit in the idea. From our point of view, the implementation of such an expanded programme can be justified economically, and free education is in fact a strategic economic impetus, as it is [...]

2018-01-02T11:05:03+00:00January 2nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #FreeEducation for those who can’t afford it, is a good thing; IF properly implemented!

UDM’s reaction on the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training

Statement issued by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa – UDM Deputy President and Chief Whip The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training released by the President on 13 November 2017. We welcome the Report’s reaffirmation of the clarion call and the need to make education accessible to all South Africans. We, however, reject the Report’s recommendation that Income Contingency Loans be adopted as the new [...]

2018-01-24T15:21:12+00:00November 14th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDM’s reaction on the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training

#FeesMustFall: Students up in arms yet again, when will Government learn?

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned by the #FeesMustFall protests that have, yet again, forced several institutions of higher learning to grind to a halt, and interrupted exams. The UDM expresses sympathy with our students’ plight and we believe their grievances are real, and their demands, valid. What boggles the mind is that, Government and university managements do not learn from experience. These protests have dragged [...]

2017-11-30T19:58:52+00:00October 26th, 2017|2017 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on #FeesMustFall: Students up in arms yet again, when will Government learn?

Nationwide school violence crisis needs swift intervention

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is concerned by the continued crime and violence that are prevalent in many schools throughout the country. There seems to be an increase of criminal activities in our schools that puts our pupils’ safety and lives at risk. This is a threat to education and jeopardises our children’s basic rights as entrenched in the Constitution. Not a day passes without reports [...]

2017-11-30T20:01:09+00:00October 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Nationwide school violence crisis needs swift intervention

UDM’s wishes to the matric class of 2017

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP The United Democratic Movement congratulates the matric class of 2017 for staying the course and, staying in school! Pursuing education will give you significantly more options over the course of your life. Set goals and work hard to achieve them. Past question papers, available on the Department of Education's website, can help you gauge your preparedness and identify subjects that need more work. Manage you time well and [...]

2017-11-30T20:01:18+00:00October 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education|Comments Off on UDM’s wishes to the matric class of 2017

#NMURape: security on our university campuses needs urgent attention

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General   The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the arrest of a man suspected of having raped a female student, stabbing another and robbing them at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in the Eastern Cape.   It is clear that campus security was compromised with the students being accosted in a lab at the NMU Second Avenue Campus. What is of great concern is [...]

2018-01-24T15:25:07+00:00October 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on #NMURape: security on our university campuses needs urgent attention

Learner gang raped by her teachers

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja – UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is shocked about reports of a viral video, where a principal and two teachers are gang raping a school girl in KwaZulu-Natal. This act is too insane and disgusting to even contemplate. Parents send their children to school in the hope that, while learning, they are safe. But, these depraved individuals proved us wrong. Even the head of the school, [...]

2017-09-12T11:54:16+00:00September 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Learner gang raped by her teachers

Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the destructive behaviour of some Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students. The reported fight between WSU medical students and the fatal stabbing of a final year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, is shocking and seems quite senseless; it is difficult to grasp what has happened. Parents send their children to university in the hope that they will live and learn in a safe environment, yet they are [...]

2017-05-25T17:32:10+00:00May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

#FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

Honourable Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Madam Speaker #FeesMustFall: REQUEST FOR URGENT DEPLOYMENT OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO INTERVENE AND ASSIST IN FINDING SOLUTIONS A precedent was created last year, during the terrible xenophobic attacks where we, as the Parliament of the People, were dispatched to calm the situation and try to find solutions to the problems we faced as a nation. Whilst the United [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:50+00:00October 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on #FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

UDM input at a meeting of the leaders of opposition parties and universities’ vice chancellors

Thank you for affording the United Democratic Movement (UDM) the opportunity to participate in this meeting and contribute to a discussion that will hopefully find lasting solutions to the current impasse at our higher education institutions. 1. Introduction During the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, I was privileged to be chosen as part of the Top 8 persons who campaigned for the African National Congress (ANC). We crossed the length and breadth [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:37+00:00October 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Discussion Documents, Higher and Basic Education, Home|Comments Off on UDM input at a meeting of the leaders of opposition parties and universities’ vice chancellors

UDESMO mourns for Wits students

Statement issued by Akhona Bavu, UDESMO Chairperson   The United Democratic Student Movement (UDESMO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the University students that were involved in a horrible car crash that has claimed their lives in Limpopo yesterday. This is such a sad time for the higher institution fraternity, not only for Wits University but to all South Africans. The whole country is in mourning during [...]

2016-10-28T19:26:56+00:00May 3rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDESMO|Comments Off on UDESMO mourns for Wits students

Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

Address by Mr UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Madame Speaker and Honourable Members, The racial strife the #AfrikaansMustFall campaign has caused and other critical issues raised by the #FeesMustFall Movement should rouse us from our deep Rainbow Nation slumber! It is clear that the majority citizens clench pent up frustrations about an economic system that marginalises them and their languages more than two decades since we attained freedom. Kenyan Author, [...]

2016-10-28T20:12:20+00:00March 9th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities