|Media statements: UDEMWO

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. [...]

2018-11-06T13:20:01+00:00November 6th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on 8 years is not enough for Uitenhage rapist dad

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 [...]

2018-10-25T12:55:21+00:00October 25th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes the decision of zero-rated sanitary pads

Omotoso trial: Dauberman’s questioning is immoral and unethical

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Since the start of the Tim Omotoso trial, the past few days have been nothing but the most unbearable time for women in South Africa. It is so overwhelming to witness the young and brave rape survivor, Cheryl Zondi being grilled in the manner that the defence Advocate Peter Daubermann did. In our view, his morals and ethics are questionable. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) [...]

2018-10-18T12:28:05+00:00October 18th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Omotoso trial: Dauberman’s questioning is immoral and unethical

Government still fails on SASSA system

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is stunned that many social grant beneficiaries still have difficulties in accessing their grants on time due to a number of cash points that have been closed since the Post Office took over from Cash Paymaster Services. This is totally unacceptable. UDEMWO has asked before whether the South African Social Service (Sassa) has the capability and capacity to deliver on [...]

2018-10-03T09:36:22+00:00October 3rd, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Government still fails on SASSA system

Bathabile Dlamini should be shown the door

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General We have noted that the Constitutional Court has handed down judgement in the former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini case. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) has been vindicated. Our longstanding view has been that the minister must face the music and that she should personally be held liable for creating this mess. We therefore welcome the decision that she should pay 20% of the Black [...]

2018-09-28T13:00:32+00:00September 28th, 2018|2018 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Bathabile Dlamini should be shown the door

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

NPA drops the case and Mduduzi Manana resigns as MP; something must be brewing?

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is left pondering over the sudden resignation, as a member of parliament, of former deputy minister for higher education Mduduzi Manana. This after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decided to not prosecute him for the alleged abuse of his domestic worker Christine Wiro. We are extremely disappointed by the NPA’s decision. For it to decide that the case is not winnable is not [...]

2018-07-26T09:06:07+00:00July 26th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on NPA drops the case and Mduduzi Manana resigns as MP; something must be brewing?

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

Why is Mduduzi Manana still an MP?

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by the fact that the former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana is again in the papers for alleged women abuse. Not long ago, he was released on bail after he assaulted a woman in Johannesburg. How many women must suffer at his hands before he is stopped? [...]

2018-05-10T13:10:19+00:00May 10th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Why is Mduduzi Manana still an MP?

UDEMWO hopes for justice to be served, no-one is above law

United Democratic Women's Organisation The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is waiting in anticipation as things unfold , as Mr Jacob Zuma’s day in court has finally arrived. We have been waiting for this day for so long and it has finally come. It is a dream come true for many South Africans. It is true that no one is above the law. Mr Zuma, like many others who have done [...]

2018-04-08T15:49:57+00:00April 6th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on UDEMWO hopes for justice to be served, no-one is above law

UDEMWO mourns the passing of the Mother of the Nation

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) joins the nation in mourning the passing of the phenomenal woman of our time. Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the few women (if any) who is admired by most women across the political sphere. Mama lived with the poorest of the poor; she shared so many pains with those forgotten citizens of this country. UDEMWO salutes her for all the [...]

UDEMWO welcomes laying of rape charges against Danny Jordaan

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) applauds Jenifer Ferguson for her bravery and boldness for finally laying charges of rape against South African Football Association boss Danny Jordaan. We have been waiting for this day and for all women, this is hope. Ferguson’s step will pave a way for other women to speak up. It goes back to say, ityala aliboli. We continue to be in [...]

2018-04-24T20:10:56+00:00March 26th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes laying of rape charges against Danny Jordaan

UDEMWO: Health department’s abject failure: as mortuary workers continue with strike, bordering on the inhumane

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is extremely concerned over the ongoing, illegal strike by mortuary workers; especially in Gauteng. UDEMWO feels uncomfortable using the phrase: “bodies are piling up”; but that is a hard fact - there is no delicate way to describe this atrocious situation. Families are already distressed over losing their loved ones and are now subjected to a prolonged wait before they [...]

2018-04-24T20:11:05+00:00March 15th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on UDEMWO: Health department’s abject failure: as mortuary workers continue with strike, bordering on the inhumane

UDEMWO: The Ramaphosa cabinet is an insult to SA women

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General UDEMWO The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disappointed by President Ramaphosa’s choice of ministers. While we notice with disgust the recycling of the Zuma cabinet nothing would have prepared us for Ms Bathabile Dlamini as the Minister of Women in the Presidency. The fact that the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League decided to elect her as its president does not necessarily mean [...]

2018-02-27T14:05:47+00:00February 27th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: The Ramaphosa cabinet is an insult to SA women