Two Senior United Democratic Movement (UDM) Leaders Dump Party


Two senior officers of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Maureen Vogel have abandoned the party over infightings with its national leader.

Until their resignation, Khanyisile was UDM’s deputy president while Vogel was its financial planner and fundraiser. Khanyisile was a former EFF MP. She left Malema’s EFF party to take up a post as UDM’s national organiser.

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According to Vogel, her resignation was prompted by UDM’s lack of transparency and manipulation of municipal elections candidate lists.

In addition, she lamented that UDM leader Bantu Holomisa’s arrogant personality and unfair treatment were other reasons why she left the party.

Vogel accused Holomisa of selecting his favourite candidates in the just concluded elections over her. She disclosed that the national leader chose a back-bencher with lesser skills over her – this she said caused her so much pain, despite her sacrifices and contributions towards the growth of the party since she joined them.

“The man the president chose was not fit for the role and didn’t know the community, while I have the necessary expertise, knowledge and insider know-how of the community,” she lamented.

Embittered Maureen Vogel said her colleague, Khanyisile left after she had stopped turning up for work a long time.

“I feel very disappointed in Holomisa. He is very arrogant and even as a national leader he wouldn’t bother to greet me. He was a general in the army and still behaves that way. That man is not fit to be a president,” she said.

Holomisa Reacts To Maureen Vogel And Khanyisile’s Exit

In response, Holomisa denied there have been infightings in the party. He also denied that the party owed her.

“I don’t know what she talking about, saying she’s given us money when she is the fundraiser. She’s never even raised a cent. We wish her luck,” said Holomisa.

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Meanwhile, the party’s national executive committee (NEC) has accepted her resignation at a party meeting held in Pretoria on Saturday. UDM NEC said both leaders would replace her by November.