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#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 [...]

2020-05-25T15:46:42+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

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 [...]

2020-05-25T15:46:49+02:00September 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, [...]

2018-01-24T15:30:48+02:00August 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. [...]

2020-05-25T15:39:45+02:00August 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 [...]

2020-05-25T15:39:50+02:00August 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?

Women-slapping minister: gender-based violence at the highest level

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is furious and shocked by the incident where the Education Deputy-Minister Mduduzi Manana assaulted two women at a night club at the weekend. He has apparently admitted that he has done so and UDEMWO believes that his actions cannot [...]

2020-05-25T15:40:45+02:00August 7th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Women-slapping minister: gender-based violence at the highest level

Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja -  UDEMWO Secretary General There seems to be a heart-wrenching answer to the question of the whereabouts of Yvonne Mbekwa. The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened to hear that a burnt body, with her documentation, was found fairly close to where she and her baby had disappeared. [...]

2020-05-25T15:34:22+02:00July 20th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Gender Violence: Is Yvonne just another statistic

Attack on young Mthatha woman: UDEMWO commends swift arrest

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) commends the police officials on the swift arrest of suspects who allegedly raped and horrendously hacked a 19 year old woman in Xhwili village near Mthatha, Eastern Cape. This attack is another example of the escalation of gender based [...]

2020-05-25T15:36:16+02:00July 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Attack on young Mthatha woman: UDEMWO commends swift arrest

Safe child abandonment” Is a sensitive issue”

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes that the publication and circulation of pictures of a woman leaving a new born baby at the premises of a safe house in Goodwood, Cape Town, is not the correct way of handling this situation. It is quite [...]

2020-05-25T15:36:21+02:00July 10th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on Safe child abandonment” Is a sensitive issue”

UDEMWO calls for justice on child abusers

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General As the country commemorates another week of Children’s Week, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) calls for the hand of justice not to be lenient to children abusers and murderers. Children have become vulnerable in the hands of evil doers and they must pay for [...]

2017-06-09T08:05:05+02:00June 2nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for justice on child abusers

Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked by the events surrounding the death of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende. She disappeared for almost two weeks and finding her body at her place of work is concerning in the extreme. The suspicious circumstance around her death [...]

2020-05-25T15:52:35+02:00May 30th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Safety of Women in South African society: Minister Shabangu is a hypocrit

No bail for suspects

Statement issueb by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the arrest of three men relating to the rape and horrendous murder of four women two weeks ago in Soweto. The arrest brings hope that the criminals will face the music for their action. As UDEMWO, we call [...]

2020-05-25T15:48:09+02:00May 22nd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on No bail for suspects

Condolences to Karabo Mokoena family

Statement issued by UDEMWO Secretary General, Ms Thandi Nontenja The brutal murder of Karabo Mokoena, allegedly at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, brings great sadness to the women of this Country. We had hoped that she would be found alive and well after she went missing late last month, only to be shocked to learn [...]

2020-05-25T15:48:02+02:00May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Condolences to Karabo Mokoena family

Open Letter by Thandi Nontenja to Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato

Mr Dan Plato Western Cape Minister of Community Safety 35 Wales Street 5th Floor Cape Town 8000 Dear Mr Plato UDEMWO calls for quick intervention on crimes against the women and children on the Cape Flats The unabated incidents of rape and murders, on the Cape Flats, targeted at women and children caught our attention. [...]

2020-05-25T15:37:07+02:00May 3rd, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Open Letters, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Open Letter by Thandi Nontenja to Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato

UDEMWO condemns attacks on young Cape Town girls

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and disturbed by the recent brutal rape and murder of 11-year-old Stacha Arendse whose body was found dumped in an open field not far from her home in Tafelsig. This atrocity happened within just a few days [...]

2017-06-13T15:04:42+02:00April 5th, 2017|2017 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and security, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns attacks on young Cape Town girls

UDEMWO calls on men to campaign against women abuse

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The country is marking another 16 days of abuse against women and children but the battle is far from being over. As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we feel that nothing much has been done to successfully combat the problem. If women are still petrified [...]

2017-03-09T16:13:57+02:00November 28th, 2016|Archives, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls on men to campaign against women abuse

UDEMWO saddened by Khwezi’s death

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the family and friends of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo better known as Khwezi. We as UDEMWO are saddened by her sudden departure. Khwezi fought a good fight and she displayed a true example of imbokodo especially during her dark hour [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:19+02:00October 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO saddened by Khwezi’s death

UDEMWO condemns reckless drivers on the roads

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and friends of the Eastern Cape nurses who were killed on their way to the graduation ceremony in Alice while others were seriously injured. This is such a sad time for the health fraternity, not only in [...]

2016-10-28T19:57:51+02:00July 13th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Transport|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns reckless drivers on the roads

UDEMWO calls for swift intervention by government on WC women killings

Media Statement by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened and concerned by the growing numbers of women and children who have fallen victims of rape and murder in the Western Cape since the beginning of the year. What is more distressing is to know that these women [...]

2016-10-28T20:01:08+02:00March 16th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for swift intervention by government on WC women killings

UDEMWO calls for action to arrest Mafevuka’s killers

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we welcome the arrest of the suspects in the murder case of the 16 year old teenage girl, Franziska Blochliger in Tokai early this week. We commend the police and everyone who made the arrest possible and we hope that the case will not drag long before [...]

2016-10-28T20:02:42+02:00March 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and security, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for action to arrest Mafevuka’s killers

UDEMWO has no confidence in police

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are shocked and saddened to hear that no arrests have been made on the recent rape attacks against two female students at the University of Cape Town. As women we are left with a question of how many innocent women must fall victim of this horrendous [...]

2016-10-28T20:23:05+02:00January 26th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and security|Comments Off on UDEMWO has no confidence in police

UDEMWO pleased by SCA verdict: Oscar Pistorius

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is delighted by the new ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal that has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder of Reeva Steenkamp. As UDEMWO, we welcome this verdict. The overturning of the court judgement brings hope in the justice system and to women and children that are [...]

2016-10-28T20:42:35+02:00December 3rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO pleased by SCA verdict: Oscar Pistorius

UDEMWO calls for swift action by MEC Qedani Mahlangu

Statement issued  by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by the news of a possible risk of babies going blind due to power outage at one of the biggest hospitals in Africa, Chris Hani Baragwanath. It is with great sadness that such an unfortunate event is not [...]

2015-12-24T16:12:34+02:00November 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for swift action by MEC Qedani Mahlangu

ANCWL march insult to women

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja :UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are overwhelmed at the stunt by the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) to take into the streets in defence of President Jacob Zuma. Their march shows clearly that Women’s League does not care about societal matters but [...]

2015-12-24T16:31:00+02:00October 28th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on ANCWL march insult to women

UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) condemns the ruthless and inhumane incident that took place over the weekend where a young woman was gang raped by 12 men in front of their partners while the other woman managed to escape. Their partners were then tied [...]

2015-12-24T16:40:26+02:00October 19th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General In the wake of new born babies being abandoned and deserted throughout the country, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is calling for harsh actions against those responsible for these inhumane acts. The abandonment of babies has become a norm and it is not acceptable [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:04+02:00October 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

UDEMWO reiterates call for the review of the parole system

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is calling for denial of parole to a man who shot and injured his ex-wife Precious Eland and while on bail he shot and killed his lover, Mabel Kobe. As UDEMWO, we have been calling for the reviewal of the [...]

2015-12-24T18:57:13+02:00September 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDEMWO reiterates call for the review of the parole system

UDEMWO calls for the protection of rape victims

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are saddened to witness growing numbers of abuse towards women while we are still celebrating the women’s month in South Africa. The rape of the 23 year old woman in Nkanini - Khayelitsha while her boyfriend was shot [...]

2015-12-24T19:05:29+02:00August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for the protection of rape victims

UDEMWO is devastated by the recent horrific attack against a 14 year old girl in Grabouw

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General   As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) we are devastated by the recent attack on the 14 year old girl in Grabouw, Western Cape. We would like to convey our message of support and wish her a speedy recovery from this horrific attack. This young [...]

2016-10-28T20:46:22+02:00July 16th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and security, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is devastated by the recent horrific attack against a 14 year old girl in Grabouw

UDEMWO calls for thorough investigation on Saint Barnabas Hospital, Eastern Cape

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are angered by the ignorance and inhumane treatment by the health workers at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape. Refusing to pay attention to a sickly person is something else but refusing to render the necessary help for a rape victim is grossly inhumane. Rape [...]

2016-10-28T20:57:32+02:00June 22nd, 2015|2015 Archive, Health, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for thorough investigation on Saint Barnabas Hospital, Eastern Cape

UDEMWO is pleased by the court’s decision to deny bail against Christopher Panayiotou

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the way National Prosecuting Authority has so far handled the Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused case of murdering the innocent Jayde Panayiotou. Panayiotou and the men accused of killing this young woman do not deserve to be back in our communities as they pose a [...]

2016-10-28T20:59:28+02:00June 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is pleased by the court’s decision to deny bail against Christopher Panayiotou

UDEMWO is calling on parents to keep an eye on children

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried about the growing number of children missing throughout the country. Everyday we hear of these missing children and most of them go missing while playing around their communities. This shows clearly that our children are no longer safe in their own communities. We are calling on [...]

2016-10-28T21:57:13+02:00May 14th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is calling on parents to keep an eye on children

DR RUTH MOMPATI WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF IMBOKODO

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the death of the struggle veteran Dr Ruth Mompati. We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mam’ Ruth. She was a true representation of Imbokodo and as women [...]

2015-05-14T10:07:46+02:00May 12th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on DR RUTH MOMPATI WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF IMBOKODO

UDM WOMEN’S ORGANISATION LAMENTS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY POLICE OFFICERS:

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Madindi family who lost their daughter Vuyiswa and her mother Sbongile during a shoot-out spree by an off duty Constable Rhulani Nkuna in Meadowlands, Johannesburg. The Madindi relatives are the latest victims of domestic violence by a police [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:10+02:00March 10th, 2015|Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDM WOMEN’S ORGANISATION LAMENTS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY POLICE OFFICERS:

UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes it is a travesty that women in the workplace, both in the private and public service, are not safe from sexual harassment, abuse, violence and rape. One of the main reasons why people with much needed skills, such as [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:10+02:00September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

The end of Women’s Month 2014 | UDEMWO

Issued by Mrs Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General At the end of Women’s Month 2014, we look to the future; the United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried that the National Development Plan is overall gender blind, disregarding women’s gendered practical, and strategic needs and concerns. Considering that this is the development map for South Africa we [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:11+02:00August 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on The end of Women’s Month 2014 | UDEMWO

Women’s Day 2014

LOOKING BACK 2014 is certainly an auspicious year with the commemoration of a number of milestones, such as the sixty years that have passed after the adoption of the Women’s Charter of 1954. As is right, we take the time to, as a nation, make introspection on the role that women play in our society; [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:11+02:00August 9th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on Women’s Day 2014

UDEMWO welcomes Kutumela sentence, but is it enough?

The United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased to hear that Thato Kutumela has been sentenced to ten years for rape and 20 years for the murder of his 18-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend. We are however disappointed that Kutumela's sentences will run concurrently and hope that he will never be paroled. Our courts should mete out harsh sentences [...]

2014-09-02T13:44:03+02:00March 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes Kutumela sentence, but is it enough?

UDEMWO statement: Child rape: war on children

By Mrs Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General Child rape is totally out of hand. Following the recent reports of child rape cases across the country, another nine-year old girl was badly burnt, raped and left for dead in the Cape Flats. Earlier this month a 37-year old father was arrested and charged for raping [...]

2014-09-02T13:48:18+02:00January 21st, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDEMWO statement: Child rape: war on children