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UDEMWO welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi. The Gauteng MEC of Education Mr Phanyaza Lesufi has done a sterling job to make sure those that are implicated are brought to book timeously including the Headmaster of Parktown Boys. Though this will not [...]

Bantu Holomisa on Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth

Speech by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President on The Big Political Corner – Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth at the Black Business Council Annual Policy Summit at Gallagher Estate in Midrand Let me start off by saying thank you to the Black Business Council for hosting this summit and complimenting it for having a good [...]

Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned that the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is quite reticent when the country needs his attention the most. Since the beginning of the academic year, there has been unrest in a number of South African universities like the [...]

Free Education a reality or a dream deferred

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng In December 2017 on the evening of the ANC Conference, South African youth woke up to news that free higher education was finally a reality as the then President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma declared. These news were greatly received with jubilation hence fees must fall activists thought they [...]

2020-01-29T11:36:13+02:00January 29th, 2020|2020 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Issues, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Free Education a reality or a dream deferred

Signing of indemnity in schools must be reviewed: Enoch Mpianzi’s incident

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is as shocked as President Cyril Ramaphosa would be, at the total negligence at Parktown Boys High, where a young boy named Enoch Mpianzi lost his life during their trip at Ngathi River and Bush lodge. We ask ourselves a question, why there [...]

2020-01-24T11:02:31+02:00January 24th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Signing of indemnity in schools must be reviewed: Enoch Mpianzi’s incident

A weird way of Employing teachers in KZN!

  The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KZN, appeals to the Department of Education in the province, to be cognisant of the 'transparency' element in the 'Batho Pele' principle when it comes to employment of teachers. The Department has since taken upon itself in employing teachers instead of them being appointed at their respective districts [...]

2020-01-22T15:38:39+02:00January 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on A weird way of Employing teachers in KZN!

A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by the sad news of the passing of an educator at Sivuyile Primary School in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape. The video of a heated argument between an Educator and a learner started circulating on social media late last week. The UDM is [...]

2019-11-06T14:54:48+02:00November 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Education

1. The MEC’s commitment to further improve the matric results is most appreciated. The United Democratic Movement commits to support all efforts that will take our Eastern Cape learners to greater heights. However, education always exists in a world in transition. Accordingly teaching methods and curricula have got to constantly change to adapt to [...]

2019-08-23T16:02:05+02:00August 15th, 2019|2019 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution Vote: Education

Butterworth school closure threatens children’s future

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is aware of the shutdown of Zanokhanyo Junior Secondary School in Butterworth because of dilapidation. This illustrates the failure by the Eastern Cape and National Department of Education. On a daily basis, the ANC-led government emphasizes how important education is, but the condition [...]

2019-07-25T13:19:33+02:00July 25th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education|Comments Off on Butterworth school closure threatens children’s future

UDESMO: Violence at schools and universities must stop

It is with deep despondency that the United Democratic Students’ Movement (UDESMO) heard of yet another act of serious violence at one of our institutions of learning, this time at Forest High School in Johannesburg. There were also reports of two Walter Sisulu University students who were killed at the weekend, at what is [...]

Bantu Holomisa speaks at a Unisa panel discussion on the 2019 general elections

• Our hosts today • Dr Somadoda Fikeni, our moderator • Those who represent the various departments that sponsored this panel discussion • My colleagues from other political parties • Academics and students • Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for affording me the opportunity to have a chat with you today. 1. The UDM’s [...]

SA’s education system is ruining learners’ futures

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) notes with concern the 2018 matric pass rate. The “so-called” improvement of 79.4% in 2018 to 76.5% in 2017 is only a dream. After scrutinising the results, it is crystal clear that something is not adding up. Another concern is that so many pupils have made it to the [...]

2019-01-24T12:35:07+02:00January 24th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on SA’s education system is ruining learners’ futures

UDM calls for calm during SRC elections

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls for calm during this time of student representative council elections at many of our institutions of higher learning. What the country witnessed at the Soshanguve Campus of the Tshwane University of Technology is not acceptable. We are disturbed by the allegations that [...]

2018-08-30T13:28:01+02:00August 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for calm during SRC elections

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 [...]

2018-06-14T10:03:03+02:00June 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

2018 Budget Vote 14: Basic Education; declaration by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

Ms Cynthia Majeke, UDM Member of Parliament Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members Education is the greatest investment into the success of the National Development Plan and the advancement of the South African socio-economic status and basic education is the starting point. Over time the quality and output of the South African basic education [...]

2018-05-10T16:39:05+02:00May 9th, 2018|2018 Archive, Cynthia Majeke, Higher and Basic Education, Home|Comments Off on 2018 Budget Vote 14: Basic Education; declaration by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

#UniversityStudents, be responsible and good luck for 2018!

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General Message to students from by Mr Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes the best of luck to all the young South Africans who will begin a new chapter of life at the institutions of higher learning throughout the Country. We hope that [...]

2018-01-24T15:57:16+02:00January 17th, 2018|#FeesMustFall, 2018 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Higher and Basic Education, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #UniversityStudents, be responsible and good luck for 2018!

#FreeEducation for those who can’t afford it, is a good thing; IF properly implemented!

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President One can argue that President Zuma’s announcement of free tertiary education, for students who can’t afford it, is a populist Hail Mary Pass; but the United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes there is merit in the idea. From our point of view, the implementation of such [...]

2018-01-02T11:05:03+02:00January 2nd, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #FreeEducation for those who can’t afford it, is a good thing; IF properly implemented!

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 [...]

2018-01-24T15:21:12+02:00November 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, [...]

2017-11-30T19:58:52+02:00October 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?

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 [...]

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

UDM’s wishes to the matric class of 2017

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP The United Democratic Movement congratulates the matric class of 2017 for staying the course and, staying in school! Pursuing education will give you significantly more options over the course of your life. Set goals and work hard to achieve them. Past question papers, available on the Department of [...]

2017-11-30T20:01:18+02:00October 13th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education|Comments Off on UDM’s wishes to the matric class of 2017

#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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the strongest terms condemns the destructive behaviour of some Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students. The reported fight between WSU medical students and the fatal stabbing of a final year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, is shocking and seems quite senseless; it is difficult to grasp what has happened. Parents send [...]

2017-05-25T17:32:10+02:00May 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Avoidable WSU violence takes a life

#FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

Honourable Baleka Mbete, MP Speaker of the National Assembly PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Dear Madam Speaker #FeesMustFall: REQUEST FOR URGENT DEPLOYMENT OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO INTERVENE AND ASSIST IN FINDING SOLUTIONS A precedent was created last year, during the terrible xenophobic attacks where we, as the Parliament of the People, were dispatched [...]

2017-03-09T16:14:50+02:00October 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on #FeesMustFall: UDM asks Speaker to release MPs to assist in finding solutions

UDM input at a meeting of the leaders of opposition parties and universities’ vice chancellors

Thank you for affording the United Democratic Movement (UDM) the opportunity to participate in this meeting and contribute to a discussion that will hopefully find lasting solutions to the current impasse at our higher education institutions. 1. Introduction During the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, I was privileged to be chosen as [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:37+02:00October 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Discussion Documents, Higher and Basic Education, Home|Comments Off on UDM input at a meeting of the leaders of opposition parties and universities’ vice chancellors

UDESMO mourns for Wits students

Statement issued by Akhona Bavu, UDESMO Chairperson   The United Democratic Student Movement (UDESMO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the University students that were involved in a horrible car crash that has claimed their lives in Limpopo yesterday. This is such a sad time for the [...]

2016-10-28T19:26:56+02:00May 3rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDESMO|Comments Off on UDESMO mourns for Wits students

Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

Address by Mr UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Madame Speaker and Honourable Members, The racial strife the #AfrikaansMustFall campaign has caused and other critical issues raised by the #FeesMustFall Movement should rouse us from our deep Rainbow Nation slumber! It is clear that the majority citizens clench pent up frustrations [...]

2016-10-28T20:12:20+02:00March 9th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

Debate on Higher Education Transformation

Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Speaker and Honourable Members, We should all take a leaf out of the students’ book because during their protests they were able to rise above narrow sectarian interests to fight for a common cause, something which is becoming rarer and rarer in our national politics. [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:01+02:00October 27th, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|1 Comment

Police attack against students

Statement issued by UDM President, Bantu Holomisa The brutal attack by police directed against the peacefully protesting students of the Nelson Mandela Municipality University and other Universities in the country, resembles the apartheid government’s response during the mid-1970s to the mid-1980 student uprising against Bantu Education. If one poor student loses his or her life [...]

2015-12-24T16:32:35+02:00October 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Police brutality|Comments Off on Police attack against students

Unemployed graduates

address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and members According to the 2014 Statistic South Africa Quarterly Labour Force Survey 4, the unemployment rate amongst men with tertiary qualification ranged from 1.9% to 11% whilst amongst women with the same qualification ranged from 2.5% to 16.1%. Looking at Thembinkosi Phakathi, a [...]

2015-12-24T18:55:52+02:00September 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Unemployed graduates