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CGE finds the latest Zapiro Cartoon on Lady South Africa Inappropriate

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Press Release For immediate release: 12 April 2017 To Producers, Editors and Reporters   CGE finds the latest Zapiro Cartoon on Lady South Africa Inappropriate       In a country where sexual violence and rape are endemic, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) finds the latest work on Lady South Africa by Cartoonist Jonathan “Zapiro” Shapiro in a bad taste. The Commission believes the metaphor of using rape to drive the message across is not appropriate. Equally so, it is our view as the Commission that going forward people should not use the word “rape” loosely as it invokes emotion and rescars survivors of rape. The CGE understands that there is freedom of expression, however that freedom comes with responsibilities particularly when it comes to symbolisms that are being used in this regard to communicate a message to the broader society.   The CGE believes that rape cannot be normailised regardless of the situation. As the Commission, we constantly conduct legal clinics and outreach programmes as a way of educating citizenry about the scourge and what to do in instances where rape has taken place. The prevalence of rape as per the 2016 Crime statistics on Sexual Offences was 51 895, moreso with views that this area of crime statistics is prone to under-reporting by victims of crime, which suggests that the SAPS crime statistics relating to sexual offences might not be a true reflection of the current state of sexual offences in the country. Clearly this indicates that the symbolism or the metaphor of rape cannot be used to equate the two as mutually inclusive.   Rape dehumanizes human beings. It is a trauma that those that have not been subjected to it, may think little of it. The CGE therefore is asking Zapiro to reflect and ascertain whether given our diversity this type of symbolism is helpful without restricting freedom of expression. We hope out this he will reconsider the use of rape as symbolism to express his view.   The CGE therefore encourages the public to make use of its Toll – Free number 0800 007 709, to report any matter that relates to gender based violence. Alternatively, members of the public may also visit CGE offices which are based in all nine provinces to report such cases.   Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   12 April 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equal ity is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.      

CGE bids farewell to former Human Rights Struggle Stalwart Mr. Ahmed “Uncle Kathy” Kathrada

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Press Release For Immediate release: 28 March 2017 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE bids farewell to former Human Rights Struggle Stalwart Mr. Ahmed “Uncle Kathy” Kathrada

Today South Africans and the rest of the world woke up to the news of Mr. Ahmed “Uncle Kathy” Kathrada’s passing. The former human rights struggle icon sadly passed away at Dr. Gordon Hospital last night following an operation to remove a blood clot in his brain. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) joins the nation in sending its heartfelt condolences to the Kathrada family, Mme Barbara Hogan, the African National Congress (ANC) and his comrades.

This moment calls on us to uphold the values that this activist for justice espoused and challenges all of us to continue to strive for a just society that is free from all forms of oppression and inequalities. South Africans in all walks will remember Uncle Kathy as a humbly, selfless person who championed for the human rights of all and ideologised a non-racial, non-sexist, and democratic society in South Africa.

As South Africans, we need to celebrate uncle Kathy’s life through respecting and upholding the values of the Constitution, developing programmes that will eradicate poverty and ending violence against vulnerable groups including children, women, LGBTI community, disabled people and the elderly people”, said Ms. Thoko Mpumlwana, Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality.

It is through heroes like Uncle Kathy that during the transition period institutions supporting constitutional democracy like CGE were established. Uncle Kathy’s humility, selflessness and resilience for the advancement of human rights saw him starting the Ahmed Kathrada foundation to continue the fight for the ideals that he lived for until the end.

On behalf of the Commission for Gender Equality, “We say your memory and what you laboured for will be your legacy. We shall never forget the footprints you left behind”, Thoko Mpumlwana added.

May your soul rest in peace, Hamba Kahle,  lala ngoxolo, Uncle Kathy!   ENDS Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   28 March 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women In the Presidency to Attend CGE Legal Clinic at Siyabuswa, Dikgwale Community Hall, Dr. J. S. Moroka Local Municipality, Mpumalanga Province

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women In the Presidency to Attend CGE Legal Clinic at Siyabuswa, Dikgwale Community Hall, Dr. J. S. Moroka Local Municipality, Mpumalanga Province Date:  30 March 2017 Time:  10h00 – 13h00 RSVP: Javu Baloyi            Javu@cge.org.za or 083 579 3306 On the 30th March 2017 Members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency, led by Committee Chairperson Honourable Thandi Memela, will attend a Legal Clinic to be conducted by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). This event will take place in Siyabuswa, Dikgwale Community Hall, in the Dr. J. S. Moroka Local Municipality in the Mpumalanga Province. The Legal Clinic became necessary due to the consultative meeting which the CGE held with the community members during its recent awareness campaigns on Gender Based Violence, Sexual Offences, issues of Land and Agriculture, Child Headed Families, Substance Abuse, HIV and AIDS.   The visit to Mpumalanga by the Portfolio Committee is part of its oversight work, and comes at an opportune time, as Community members are increasingly dissatisfied with a range of gendered issues that are not being addressed in their area.  Members of the Committee will therefore utilize this opportunity to engage directly with local community members as part of their oversight work and assess the extent to which gender related issues are being addressed by local government.   Representatives of the Dr. J. S. Moroka Local Municipality, local church leaders, traditional leaders, civic organisations, gender activists, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and women formations are expected to attend the event. The CGE is therefore inviting members of the media to be part of this event, as Portfolio Committee Members will be expected to address community members and local authorities on issues of concern to be identified for possible policy responses and intervention. The CGE’s constitutional mandate is to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. The Legal Clinic will therefore serve as an opportunity for the CGE and Parliament’s Portfolio Committee to jointly hold local authorities accountable and ensure effective responses to the needs of local community members.   Ends,

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 24 March 2017 To:  Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE HAILS LANDMARK JUDGEMENT DELIVERED BY THE EQUALITY COURT IN SESHEGO, LIMPOPO The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes the judgment delivered at the Seshego Magistrates’ Court (Equality Court) where it was an Amicus Curiae in the matter. The judgement is a result of Nare Mphela taking the Department of Education and the MEC in the Limpopo Province on the grounds of gender discrimination based on sexual orientation. In terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act. Act no 4 of 2000 and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa no person (s) can be discriminated against due to their gender or sexual orientation.  The CGE believes this is the first landmark case brought before the equality courts in Limpopo. It is our firm belief that the judgement will help educate people about the rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex (LGBTI) community.   The Judgement has restored the dignity of the complainant and reassured the strength of our judicial systems in South Africa. This will also serve as a good precedent towards developing jurisprudence in the equality courts in South Africa. This matter highlights the need to have educational awareness programmes on sexual orientation and fundamental human rights to teachers in South Africa. The Commission shall continue to conduct these awareness programmes at high schools across South Africa to unearth further gender related issues that have the effect of discriminating unfairly towards learners   The CGE encourages the public to utilize its Toll-Free number (0800 007 709) to report matters that relate to violations of gender rights ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   24 March 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.  

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 23 March 2017 To:  Editors, Producers and Reporters Spur Incident and the Taxi Rape Cases bring Another Spotlight to issues of Power Relations and Gender Based Violence

The Commission for Gender (CGE) has noted with disgust the incident that took place at the Glen Spur restaurant in Johannesburg. The incident as seen in the video released by the Glen Spur Management clearly shows how patriarchal tendencies manifest itself in the public domain. Had it been another male involved in the incident, the male perpetrator of such atrocious behaviour would not have charged in the same vigour like he did in this video. This goes to show how some men still view women in our society 22 years after the advent of democracy.

The CGE strongly condemns such behaviour as it goes against all it stands for, building a society free of gender oppression and inequality. The incident is also another hallmark of unbecoming behaviour by parents in front of kids. The CGE is calling on the man in the video to make a public apology about the outburst that is so shameful and embarrassing to the menfolk. Equally so, we are calling on the woman on the video not to set a wrong precedent by opting out in reporting the matter to relevant authorities and institutions.

In the same vein the CGE has been alarmed by media reports of two taxis in grey and white colours that its occupants pounce on unsuspecting innocent female passengers and rape them. In the latest ordeal a mother was raped for 4 hours and her ten-year-old boy forced to watch such a gruesome act. Through our media monitoring system we also learned the same modus operandi was used in Soweto, Roodepoort and Braamfontein.

The CGE is calling upon the police to act with the same enthusiasm as they have done in other cases by bringing the perpetrators of these heinous crime to book. The levels of Gender Based Violence is unprecedented in this country as it is.  The CGE believes that if this is not clampdown as speedily as possible it will give a wrong perception that gender based violence is not prioritised. The CGE calls upon the residents of Johannesburg to report or share with the police any information that could lead to the arrest of these criminals.

ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   23 March 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.  

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 16 March 2017 To:  Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE Calls for Serious Intervention on Women in the Workforce

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with interest that the 61st Session of the United Nations on the Commission of the Status of Women (UNCSW) amongst the themes will discuss “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”.

The Commission on Gender Equality has observed over the past 5-year period with concern during session on Gender Transformation in the Private sector and the Public sector, that despite existing measures within these organizations and institution’s, that Senior management need to review and Action to eradicate sexual division of labour- we observe that women, African and black continue to occupy the lower occupations and jobs. Women occupy the unskilled, semi-skilled employment. Skilled predominantly males. We note even where women can ascend to higher levels and ranks the percentage of women promoted to next levels gets significantly lower. Reasons remain frivolous and unscientific on why women are undervalued and not progressively supported, trained and capacitated to lead in supervisory, technical departments and higher management positions.

The Commission of Employment Equity (CEE) report 2015 has highlighted disparities in the salaries of men and women especially in executive levels. The Commission is of the view that this needs be addressed urgently. The Commission has observed that there are lots of organisations that discriminate against women in terms of salary remunerations.

The CGE maintains that for progressive protected employment and realization of women inclusion and participation of women in the labour force, reduce gender-pay gap, defend women’s right through sexual harassment policy, protected employment especially in mining, construction and clothing and textile industries. It is also critical that both private and public sector consider addressing issues of part-time irregular contracts and unlawful working hours and work schedules, and time-flex hours for working women. The Business Women Association of South Africa (BWASA) research has shown that women who are working in a conducive environment are more productive and the returns in margins are always high.

The CGE implores the retail industry to be considerate particularly during the festive seasons and weekends and late and early hours provide transportation for their employees whom majority are women. Women workers not only live far from the transport points and their work place they are vulnerable to rape and assault whilst going to work.

The CGE has also noted that the maternity benefit for working women is not being applied in line with the Department of Labour’s Basic Condition of Employment particularly in the private sector. Women workers must not experience marginalization and penalized in terms of promotion and empowerment. Maternity benefits must be enforced and implementation monitored by both the Trade Unions and the Employers in the workplace.

“The Commission calls for All role players, the Employers, the bargaining chamber and councils and the Trade Unions to prioritise women workers struggles demands in the workplaces - on gender pay gap, addressing sexual division of labour, maternity benefits for working women, sexual harassment and the employment contracts.” Said Lulama Nare, Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality.

The CGE encourages the public to utilize its toll-free number (0800 007 709) to report matters that relate to violations of gender rights ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   16 March 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.           

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Press release For Immediate Release: 23 February 2017 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE welcomes the Sentencing of the Mastermind behind Thandazile Mpunzi’s killing The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes the sentencing of the mastermind behind the killing of Thandazile Mpunzi by Judge Themba Sishi at the Mtubatuba High Court in the Northern KwaZulu-Natal. The inhumane and merciless killing of Mpunzi for muti purpose due to her albinism will serve as a lesson regarding the myth and stereotypes that exist in our society about people with albinism. The Commission believes that the sentencing of Bhekufufa Gumede, a leader of the Zion Congregation Church and the chief mastermind of Mpunzi’s killing for life will send a strong message that killing of people with albinism will not be tolerated by our judicial system. The CGE also welcomes the sentencing of Mandla Mabuza (20 Year Imprisonment), Lindokuhle Khumalo (20 Year Imprisonment) and Siyabonga Gwala (18 Year Imprisonment) who were earlier sentenced for the same crime would serve as a deterrent to those who are involved in atrocious acts. “The CGE commends all in the justice system who worked tirelessly to ensure that justice is done for the late Thandazile Mpunzi and her family. The long term prison sentences handed down for kidnapping and killing will send a clear message that killing of people with albinism will not be tolerated in our society” said Ms Thoko Mpumlwana, Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality People can use our Toll Free Number 0800 007 709 to report cases of gender based violence and other related crimes. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 23 February 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

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Press release For Immediate Release: 16 February 2017 To: Journalists Allegations of discrimination against transgender woman at Ikhaya Le Themba shelter The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has learnt with great dismay of the allegations made about legal advice which purports discrimination and/or exclusion of a transgender dweller of Ikhaya Le Themba shelter. This allegation, which has now been made public arose from a social media message which was inscribed in the following manner: “The Commission for Gender Equality’s legal office says that Trans women are not women and should be housed at a women’s shelter” … “Iranti is appalled that the Commission for Gender Equality’s legal officer advised a women’s shelter in JHB to evict a Trans women” (sic). This message was tweeted by Iranti-org which according to their website is a queer human rights visual media organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Iranti-org works within a human rights framework as its foundational platform for raising issues on Gender, Identities and Sexuality”. The allegations have been circulated on social media whilst the CGE is in possession of a complaint from Iranti-org’s lawyers who have lodged such a complaint on 15 February 2017 (yesterday). In light of the timing of the receipt of complaint, it would be fair that the CGE is given adequate time to ascertain the facts and decide on remedies based on the outcome of the investigation. It should be noted that upon receiving the complaint yesterday, the CGE tried in vain to contact the person to whom the legal advice was supposedly given to (by CGE) in relation to the complaint. In essence, the allegations are under investigation and it is important to stress that the matters raised by Iranti-org through social media remain “allegations” until proven otherwise. The CGE is mandated by law to uphold the Constitution and as such, the institution is bound by the same Constitution to protect the rights of individuals including the rights of Transgender individuals. It is for this reason that the CGE has in the past and current times forged relations through Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with LGBTIQA communities in order to partly fulfil the its Constitutional mandate in as a far as the protection of LGBTIQA communities are concerned. It is therefore astonishing that the CGE has received a complaint yesterday (15 February 2017) and whilst an investigation is underway, with the intention of dealing with the matter through official processes, the same complainant (Iranti-org) chooses to engage the CGE through social media on the very same complaint lodged in less than 24 hours.  At the heart of this matter is to ensure that the investigation process should occur with integrity and respect to the parties involved, especially when the matter is of a sensitive nature. The CGE is committed to protecting the rights of LGBTIQA communities as the law requires, and as such, the matter regarding IKhaya Le Themba shelter is no different in that it will receive same amount of attention as other cases. ENDS. Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   16 February 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

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Press release          For Immediate Release: 15 February 2017  To: Editors, Producers and Reporters  CGE HAILS HISTORIC AGREEMENT BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES OVER ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) hails the agreement signed between government departments, led by Department of Economic Development, with construction companies Murray and Roberts, Aveng, WBHO, Stefanutti Stocks, Raubex, Group 5 and Basil Read to promote transformation in the sector.  The agreement heralded a new era in the construction industry in terms of transformation broadly and women representation and participation in particular. The scholarships for female graduates will ensure much needed skills development in the critical skills owned construction companies and the provision of construction sector. The CGE hopes that there will be strong enforcement of the agreement so that it doesn't end up as one of the many agreements that the private sector has not delivered on.  We believe as the CGE these commitments will open doors to many of the women owned construction companies within this sector. The Commission through its Employment Equity Transformation Hearings has observed and noted with concern the slow pace of gender transformation in the private sector. This commitment is significant since it ensures the empowerment of women in the construction sector which to date remains male dominated. The CGE will in executing its mandate continue to monitor the promotion and attainment of Gender Equality in the private sector. Through its Employment Equity Transformation Hearings, Commission on Gender Equality will continue to monitor and implore the private sector to meaningful increase the role of women in ownership and in business operations. Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   15 February 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.