|Media statements: UDEMWO

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+02:00March 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+02:00March 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+02:00February 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

Life Esidemeni tragedy has become a “Who dunnit?”

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with frustration and anger the actions of the former Gauteng Health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu in relation to the Life Esidimeni tragedy last year. Ms Mahlangu is clearly trying her best to exculpate herself from any responsibility in this disaster. The finger-pointing is nauseating and no-one in Government seems to take responsibility for what, effectively, had been the murder of [...]

2018-01-24T16:32:45+02:00January 24th, 2018|2018 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Life Esidemeni tragedy has become a “Who dunnit?”

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+02:00December 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+02:00November 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

UDEMWO condemns the attack of traffic officer by church members

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja – UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) condemns with strongest terms the attack of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department Officer by the church members in Hillbrow yesterday. This cannot be right and cannot be justified in anyway. Based on the chilling footage of the attack, these people look like angry bouncers who do not respect law. The helpless officer tried to warn the angry crowd [...]

2018-01-24T15:22:00+02:00November 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns the attack of traffic officer by church members

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+02:00November 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+02:00October 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+02:00October 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

#Storms: UDEMWO prays for missing flood victims to be found alive

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) sends a message of condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the terrible heavy storms that have turned havoc in many parts of the country this week. This period is the most difficult one not only to those who have been directly affected by the rains but the country as whole. Indeed, it is a trying time for us as a [...]

2018-01-24T15:22:33+02:00October 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on #Storms: UDEMWO prays for missing flood victims to be found alive

#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+02:00October 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+02:00October 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+02:00September 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