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8 years is not enough for Uitenhage rapist dad

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased to see that it is true that “ityala aliboli”. The sentencing of the retired Salvation Army captain, Lionel Potgieter, who raped his daughter since an early age is a typical example. In as much as he finally got what he deserved, eight years is not enough. Chantel was viciously abused and tortured for six years during her formative years. [...]

UDEMWO welcomes the decision of zero-rated sanitary pads

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the announcement by the Finance Minister Tito Mboweni for sanitary pads to be zero-rated. This step in the right direction is long overdue however; to say it will only kick off next year is too far. It should be with immediate effect. The struggle of young girls being unable to access pads has been an on-going tussle for a very [...]

Good luck class of 2018!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General As you stand at the precipice of exams, the United Democratic Movement wishes all the matriculants, who will start writing exams today, the best of luck. It must be a motivation to you that you have persevered with your schooling to have reached this goal. We understand that the pressure is on, and that all eyes are on you, but that should motivate you to study even harder [...]

UDEMWO: 6-year-old raped in a Dros Restaurant

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and outraged by the recent rape of a 6-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant. This is sickening and too much to swallow. The thought that the culprit went as far as committing his evil act in a public space, where it is thought to be safe, makes us even angrier. This wicked man did not even care that there [...]

2018-09-27T09:39:45+00:00September 27th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Home, Media statements: UDM, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: 6-year-old raped in a Dros Restaurant

UDMYV: President Ramaphosa must take the nation into confidence: how will the technical recession be dealt with?

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDM Youth Vanguard) is concerned that, since the announcement broke through the media that South Africa is in a technical recession, the country has not heard from President Cyril Ramaphosa. The UDM Youth Vanguard would like to know from the President, what does this technical recession mean for the youth and the poorest of the poor. The fuel price keeps on increasing, food prices are ever on the rise [...]

2018-09-11T16:26:33+00:00September 10th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDMYV: President Ramaphosa must take the nation into confidence: how will the technical recession be dealt with?

UDEMWO calls for police visibility in rural areas to fight crime against women, children

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is distraught by the rape and murder of a female student in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape. This time the victim was young Zikho Cabeni, who was also an active member of the United Democratic Students’ Movement. This horrifying incident comes just after the country “celebrated women” in the month of August. We have learnt that nothing much has been done [...]

2018-09-05T10:50:12+00:00September 5th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for police visibility in rural areas to fight crime against women, children

UDEMWO: Another female student bears the brunt of abuse: Fort Hare

Ms Thandi Nontenja The assault of a female student from the University of Fort Hare, in a video that is making the rounds on social media, is quite chilling. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) condemns the actions of the young man in the strongest possible terms. Witnessing such an assault in the period where the country is celebrating women is even more heart-wrenching. This is a clear sign that South [...]

2018-08-15T10:58:15+00:00August 15th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: Another female student bears the brunt of abuse: Fort Hare

UDEMWO: Rape victim, Khensani Maseko dies; another young life snuffed out

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shattered by yet another young life cut short due to abuse. The death of Khensani Maseko is another reminder that the abuse of women and children in this country is very much alive. It is clear that Maseko, like many other abused and raped women, was dying on the inside while pretending to be fine after her rape ordeal. The society [...]

2018-08-17T10:10:49+00:00August 7th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: Rape victim, Khensani Maseko dies; another young life snuffed out

UDEMWO: Another child murdered: Where is the women’s minister?

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shaken by yet another murder, that of 4-year-old Uyathandwa Stuurman, in the Khayelitsha area. A few months ago, it was reported that statistics show that more than 2 600 children were murdered in the country over the last three years, while 41% of rapes committed were against minors. These statistics shock to the core. Women are living in fear for their [...]

2018-08-17T10:25:27+00:00July 27th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: Another child murdered: Where is the women’s minister?

Yongama Zigebe, of the UDM Youth Vanguard, takes the education campaign to the North West

The youth and locals of Rustenburg (in the North West) will have an opportunity to be exposed to the many exciting careers paths available to those on their road entering the South African job market or those who consider making a change from their existing work paths. UDM Youth Vanguard Gauteng Provincial Secretary Yongama Zigebe, who is also the Founder of the Yongama Levertte Foundation, will be one of the facilitators at the Annual Mamoretse [...]

2018-04-24T20:11:11+00:00March 16th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Yongama Zigebe, of the UDM Youth Vanguard, takes the education campaign to the North West

UDMYV: Some SONA2018 announcements give hope to young South Africans

Mr Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Gauteng Provincial Secretary The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) has taken note of the State of the National Address delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa today, 16 February 2018. This on the back foot of many young people of South Africa who continue to be marginalised due to lack of job opportunities in the country. The UDMYV welcomes the President's commitment to "move young South African's to the [...]

2018-02-27T14:05:03+00:00February 16th, 2018|#FeesMustFall, #NationalSummit, 2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDMYV: Some SONA2018 announcements give hope to young South Africans

UDEMWO disappointed by the Methodist Church’s reaction on harassment allegations

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) commends the action of the young women who decided to speak out about allegations of harassment they have endured in the hands of the senior steward in the Pretoria Methodist Church. The bravery shown by the young girls gives hope that this country is in the right direction.   The country is still stunned by the revelation. The house of [...]

2018-02-01T11:14:12+00:00January 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO disappointed by the Methodist Church’s reaction on harassment allegations

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?

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

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