||Women's Issues

Aids Day 2017

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The impact of HIV/Aids (and other sexually transmitted diseases) on South African communities remains a concern. It is true that some progress has been made to make medical care available, to Aids sufferers and HIV positive South Africans, and that antiretroviral treatment is more readily obtainable. We have also seen a slight positive shift in the tolerance of Aids sufferers and HIV positive individuals, but they still [...]

2017-12-01T11:52:22+00:00December 1st, 2017|2017 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Aids Day 2017

Justice is served: UDEMWO welcomes Christopher Panayiotou’s life sentence

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased by the life sentence given to Mr Christopher Panayiotou after having been found guilty of murdering his wife. The murder of Ms Jayde Panayiotou is a typical example of how South African women are under siege from those closest to them. The Panayiotou case has dragged on for a very long time and UDEMWO is happy that it [...]

2018-01-24T15:20:29+00:00November 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Correctional Services, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Justice is served: UDEMWO welcomes Christopher Panayiotou’s life sentence

Shocking handling of Emfuleni mayor’s WhatsApp “slip”

Media Statement by Thandi Nontenja – UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is appalled by the way the situation around Emfuleni Mayor Simon Mofokeng (with his so-called “slip up” with a lewd post on an African National Congress (ANC) WhatsApp group) is being handled. It is shocking that, by all accounts, Mr Mofokeng was in a “relationship” with a 14-year-old girl. An adult man cannot be in a “relationship” with [...]

2018-01-24T15:21:47+00:00November 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Shocking handling of Emfuleni mayor’s WhatsApp “slip”

Danny Jordaan: rape accused

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with shock, the rape allegations levelled against Mr Danny Jordaan. Since Ms Jennifer Ferguson’s allegations have become public, the South African Football Association (SAFA) boss has not uttered a word… to us it seems that, if there is smoke, there is fire? For someone in Jordaan’s position to even have a whiff of women abuse associated with him, is an [...]

UDEMWO pleased by Brickz verdict

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the fifteen-year jail sentence given to Sipho Ndlovu, popularly known as Brickz in the music entertainment business. This outcome gives hope that no rapist, not even a male celebrity, is above law. It is also good that the justice system made an example of him; for he had been a role model for young male fans, who might have [...]

2017-11-30T20:00:56+00:00October 17th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO pleased by Brickz verdict

#LionMama: UDEMWO welcomes decision to drop charges against Komani mother

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretaty General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) applauds the justice system for dropping the charges against the woman accused of fatally stabbing a man and wounding two others after finding them allegedly raping her daughter in Komani, Eastern Cape. UDEMWO has been vocal in its support for this family, but in particular in support of a woman who the law intended to punish for protecting her daughter. [...]

2017-11-30T20:02:21+00:00October 9th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on #LionMama: UDEMWO welcomes decision to drop charges against Komani mother

#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

UDEMWO is stunned by gang rape case in Komani, EC

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the incident of a 27 year old woman that was gang raped by three men in Komani, Eastern Cape. The incident that saw one of the rapists being stabbed to death while the other two men were injured by the mother of the victim opens wounds to women. This incident is unfortunate. As the United Democratic [...]

2017-09-06T13:40:56+00:00September 6th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is stunned by gang rape case in Komani, EC

Something is seriously wrong: Aviwe Jam Jam is dead and Deputy Minister Manana is out on bail?

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by reports of yet another female murder victim: young Capetonian Ms Aviwe Jam-Jam. Her name has been added to the ever-lengthening list of woman victims of violence and crime in South Africa. The fact that her body was found dumped at a sport field, not very far from her home, rubs salt into an already raw national [...]

2017-08-11T13:02:29+00:00August 11th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Something is seriously wrong: Aviwe Jam Jam is dead and Deputy Minister Manana is out on bail?

WOMEN SLAPPING MINISTER? GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is furious and shocked by the incident where the Education Deputy-Minister Mduduzi Manana assaulted two women at a night club at the weekend. He has apparently admitted that he has done so and UDEMWO believes that his actions cannot be justified under any circumstance. This incident not only happens in Women’s Month, but against the background of the increase [...]

2017-08-07T14:53:40+00:00August 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on WOMEN SLAPPING MINISTER? GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja -  UDEMWO Secretary General There seems to be a heart-wrenching answer to the question of the whereabouts of Yvonne Mbekwa. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened to hear that a burnt body, with her documentation, was found fairly close to where she and her baby had disappeared. Reports do not indicate the fate of her child, but we have come to expect the worst. “Yvonne Mbekwa” is [...]

2017-07-20T11:24:48+00:00July 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

Attack on young Mthatha woman: UDEMWO commends swift arrest

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) commends the police officials on the swift arrest of suspects who allegedly raped and horrendously hacked a 19 year old woman in Xhwili village near Mthatha, Eastern Cape. This attack is another example of the escalation of gender based violence that we are witnessing in South Africa at the moment. These swift arrests are a good sign. We hope [...]

2017-07-12T08:40:42+00:00July 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Attack on young Mthatha woman: UDEMWO commends swift arrest

UDEMWO calls for justice on child abusers

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the country commemorates another week of Children’s Week, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) calls for the hand of justice not to be lenient to children abusers and murderers. Children have become vulnerable in the hands of evil doers and they must pay for their actions. Since the beginning of the year, more than 19 children have been killed in the Western Cape province [...]

2017-06-09T08:05:05+00:00June 2nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for justice on child abusers

Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins millions of South Africans to declare, violence and abuse of women and girlchildren, a crime against humanity. Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms, as well as gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. The recent spate of gruesome murders of girls and infants, have a devastating effect on girls, women and society in general, and must be rejected [...]

2017-06-14T13:14:32+00:00May 31st, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Protecting Women and Girl Children against violence and abuse (Rule 84) by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the NCOP

Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the events surrounding the death of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende. She disappeared for almost two weeks and finding her body at her place of work is concerning in the extreme. The suspicious circumstance around her death is compounded by the fact that her car was apparently parked outside the offices, yet a police search did not [...]

2017-05-30T13:47:17+00:00May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit