Former UDM fundraiser misleading public - Kwankwa

2016-09-24 09:30


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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. 

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