The DA has written to the chairperson of the Commission of Gender Equality, Mr Mfanozelwe Shozi, to table the final report into the DA’s complaint of sexism levelled against President Zuma in Parliament.
The report details the recommendations made following the investigation into the remarks made by the President’s in an interview with People of the South’s Dali Tambo, in 2012.
The President remarked that “I know that people today think being single is nice. It’s not actually right. You’ve got to have kids. Kids are important to a women because they actually give extra training to a woman, to be a mother.” These blatantly sexist comments undermines the right of women to make their own choices by saying that it is the role of women to get married and have kids.
The DA wrote to Mr Shozi in August 2012 to request an investigation. It is astonishing that it has taken this long to finalise the report. This delay can only be seen as an attempt to shield the President from further scrutiny on the issue of gender rights, on which he has a poor record.
The report must be tabled in Parliament and Mr Shozi must commit to a date by which he will do this.
Further, Mr Shozi must account for the length of time it has taken to finalise this report and present acceptable reasons for this.
Denise Robinson, Shadow Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities
Source : Democratic Alliance