Former UDM fundraiser misleading public - Kwankwa

2016-09-24 09:30


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The United Democratic Movement has come out guns blazing against former financial planner and fundraiser Maureen Vogel who accused the party of rigging the candidate list selection process.

Earlier, Vogel told News24 that she left the party after dedicating five years of her life to it.

She lambasted party leader Bantu Holomisa and accused him of being "arrogant and behaving like he was still in the army".

But this, UDM chief whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said, was a blatant lie as she had only become a member of the party in 2015.

"While no leader is above reproach and none of us are perfect, people should not mislead the public when they are angry."

Kwankwa said it was important for them to admit that the list process was not without glitches and there were problems that had to be worked on.

But, he said, Vogel was defeated before the process started, he said.

'She expected to be parachuted to the top'

"She didn't even get 10 votes at the conference that she is talking about. We were there," he said.

Kwankwa said he had presided over the provincial list conference where she had been defeated.

"She had no support and she expected to be parachuted to the top. That's not how it works. I also used my own resources to help her launch her branches," he said.

Vogel, who also served as the party's Western Cape deputy secretary, launched a scathing attack on Holomisa, which the UDM said was unwarranted.

But she remained defiant on Friday, saying she had been treated as sub-human in the party as "an ethnic woman".

She conceded, however, that she had only officially joined the party less than two years ago, but still maintained she had more experience than the proportional representation candidate that was chosen over her.

Years of trauma

An emotional Vogel, who broke down in tears, said she had been set up to fail.

She said her branches hadn't been launched on time, which led to her not getting any votes in the list conference.

But still, she maintains, she should have made the list as she was the "most qualified".

She had never had any financial or other support in the party and once had to sleep at the airport due to flight mix-ups after attending a conference in Johannesburg, she alleges.

She describes her years of working for the party as a traumatic experience that made her stronger. 

Kwankwa said they, as members of the party, knew the truth about what happened at the conference. 

Read more on:    udm  |  bantu holomisa  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.