|Thandi Nontenja

eNCA is biased towards some political parties

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja, UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked and offended by eNCA’s style of running its programming in the run-up to the 8th of May elections. We were invited to a party panel discussion to unpack our manifesto, on the 2nd of May, just to be unceremoniously disinvited, because only the “three big parties” will be given an opportunity to participate. The political playing field is level at [...]

#ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has noted the volatile situation in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Much of this unhappiness stems from the African National Congress’ (ANC) misuse of billions of Rands allocated to the Alexandra renewal project during the era of former President Thabo Mbeki. RDP houses in Alexandra Extension 7, were apparently sold to non-South Africans and this explosive situation has the potential to spill over to xenophobic attacks. In [...]

2019-04-12T10:04:51+02:00April 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Housing and Human Settlements, Human rights, Local Government, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security, Service delivery, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on #ShutAlexandraDown civil protests is the ANC’s legacy

UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

We find it extremely difficult to digest the fact that three women, who hail from the Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape were, late last year, burnt to death because they had allegedly been witchcraft practitioners. This can only be described as the worst aberration of what might be called “mob justice”. It was recently reported that elderly women in the Eastern Cape are physically abused, raped and killed, because they practised [...]

2019-03-01T10:53:06+02:00March 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO abhors the murder of rural women accused of witchcraft

UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disgusted that yet another African National Congress (ANC) leader has been accused of women abuse. As the story unfolds, we note that these accusations constantly rotate amongst the ruling party’s prominent male leaders. Some of those alleged culprits have been Danny Jordaan, Marius Fransman, Mduduzi Manana, and more recently Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa. And, lest we forget, their very own, former president Jacob Zuma. Even [...]

2019-02-28T11:02:25+02:00February 28th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO slams ANC and ANCWL’s hypocrisy re women abuse

Hoërskool Driehoek shock; accident must be investigated

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the tragic accident at Hoërskool Driehoek that claimed lives of three school children, while many others were injured. The collapse of the walkway raises serious concerns over the safety of our pupils whilst on school premises. We call on the basic education department and all those in authority to investigate the cause of the accident. [...]

2019-02-01T16:21:54+02:00February 1st, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Hoërskool Driehoek shock; accident must be investigated

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+02:00November 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+02:00October 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+02:00October 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+02:00October 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+02:00September 28th, 2018|2018 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Thandi Nontenja|Comments Off on Bathabile Dlamini should be shown the door

UDEMWO: 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+02:00September 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

UDEMWO: The SA police is not serious about stopping the kidnapping and murder of women and children

Ms Thandi NontenjaUDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is concerned that the South African Police Services do not appear to take kidnapping reports seriously. One only has to open a newspaper to read about the kidnapping and murder of women and children. Our communities are plagued by this scourge and those that are tasked to ensure our safety and security are failing dismally. Not long ago, live footage showed [...]

2018-09-11T16:17:29+02:00September 11th, 2018|2018 Archive, Home, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO: The SA police is not serious about stopping the kidnapping and murder of women and children

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+02:00September 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+02:00August 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+02:00August 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+02:00July 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?