|Media statements: UDEMWO

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+00:00January 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+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

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+00:00November 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+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

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

#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+00:00October 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+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

Dlamini-Zuma visit to Marikana – a gimmick

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) notes with anger the visit of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in Marikana, North West. It was just a gimmick. Her visit was nothing but a campaigning stunt. As the country celebrated women and their role in the month of August, we do not remember her visiting or mentioning anything about the women who lost their relatives during Marikana Massacre. Dlamini [...]

2018-01-24T15:30:48+00:00August 24th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Human rights, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Dlamini-Zuma visit to Marikana – a gimmick

UDEMWO disappointed by SA law on Grace Mugabe

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the country celebrates women, the abuse continues to take place. As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are disappointed by the reports of Mrs Grace Mugabe who allegedly assaulted a 20 old year old woman in Sandton, just few days after Women’s Day. For someone in her position to behave the way she did is saddening. Mrs Mugabe’s actions cannot be justified and [...]

2017-08-16T10:13:34+00:00August 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDEMWO disappointed by SA law on Grace Mugabe

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?