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Gender Commission subpoenas SAPS to account for implementation of its recommendations

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Media Release For immediate release: 03 June 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters Gender Commission subpoenas SAPS to account for implementation of its recommendations On 30 May 2019, the South African Police Service (SAPS) appeared before the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) to account for the implementation of the recommendations that arose from an initial investigative hearing held on 25 September 2018. With the powers vested in the CGE (as per Section 11 (1) e of the CGE Act 36 of 1996, as amended), SAPS was issued with a notice to appear in a hearing to explain the extent to which recommendations have been implemented. It should be noted that the CGE legal department had been monitoring the progress of implementing the recommendations and it was the view of the CGE that some recommendations were not implemented by 30 May 2019. Some of these recommendations which were reached on 25 September 2018 include the following, inter alia:

  • Turn around on the administration of DNA testing especially in cases that involve Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Violence.
  • Poor enforcement of protection orders by SAPS.
  • Training and workshops to be conducted for police officers in order obtain additional knowledge on dealing with gender-based cases.
-       Unresolved sample cases from which the CGE identified anomalies that could either delay a successful conclusion or a possible conviction of gender-based crimes. In the follow up hearing held yesterday it transpired that most of the aspects above remain pending for implementation. SAPS admitted that there has been slow pace in accelerating process of DNA testing which are often used in gender-based crimes. SAPS cited administrative problems and the unavailability of adequate equipment for DNA testing. With regards to protection orders, SAPS reported that it is in the process of strengthening their efforts to raise awareness within their internal ranks of visible policing on the importance and consequences relating to non-issuance of protection order on perpetrators of gender-based crimes. SAPS also reported that even though they have provided training and workshops on gender related matters more needs to be done in order to ensure that the focus pertains to training of entry level police officers. With regards to unresolved cases, SAPS emphasised the fact that their role is often paired with that of the prosecutors in order to arrive at successful convictions of gender-based crimes. It was in this regard that SAPS committed to working closely with the National Prosecuting Authority in order to determine a model that is conducive for both police and prosecutors in the process of administering justice. Apart from the above-mentioned factors, the CGE also heard that there are some cases of sexual harassment within SAPS which were not resolved satisfactorily. The National Commissioner of SAPS has committed to review such cases so that the victims of sexual harassment are satisfied with the outcomes. The National Commissioner of SAPS has also pledged the following as part of the solutions the problems/challenges mentioned above:
  • SAPS will create a National Nodal Point, which will serve as the means to ensure that information pertaining to cases related to gender-based crimes are dealt with using three key aspects in an investigation, i.e. legal services, visible policing, and investigation officers. The nodal point will also assist the CGE in obtaining information about the status of cases that might be prolonged.
  • SAPS will develop the Modus Operandi Analysis as well as the Cold-Case Strategy as a technique to investigate the killings of witnesses.
  • Regarding the delays in issuing DNA test results, the SAPS’ Forensic Services Division has committed to a speedy resolve of making DNA kits in police stations available, especially those that are in remote areas has a new turnaround strategy SAPS will continue to provide training and workshops on gender sensitivity and sexual harassment in their workplace.
  • SAPS has committed to drafting an integrated plan that will factor in all of the factors that have not yet been implemented.
The hearing concluded that all of the above commitments need to be made with deadlines determined by both SAPS and the CGE. The CGE has offered to provide further assistance on the implementation of the recommendations so that all matters are resolved in spirit of serving the victims of gender-based crimes. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 03 June 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

CGE Serves the South African Police Services with a Notice to appear for Investigative Hearings

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 29 May 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE Serves the South African Police Services with a Notice to appear for Investigative Hearings Tomorrow, 30 May 2019, the South African Police Services (SAPS) will be appearing before the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). This follows a notice to appear that was served on the SAPS by the Commission due to new and outstanding/unresolved issues emanating from previous hearing that were held with SAPS on the 25 September 2018. The Commission has noted with concern that it takes SAPS long to investigate cases of gender-based violence, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and that there are lots of unresolved cases pertaining to gender -based violence in various provinces. Due to SAPS’s unresponsiveness and taking long to furnish the CGE with information that will assist it in finalizing its own investigations as was agreed and resolved during the previous hearing, the Commission was left with no option but to serve a notice to the SAPS to appear in order to address some of these issues. As empowered by Section 187 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the CGE Act 39 0f 1996, as amended, Section 11 (1) (e) the Commission shall investigate any gender -related issues of its own accord or receipt of a complaint and shall endeavour to resolve any dispute or rectify any act or omission by mediation, conciliation or negotiation. Please note that the Commission will not address the media before the hearings. The Commission will issue a statement after the hearings to update members of the media and the public about the outcomes of the hearings. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 29 May 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

CGE welcomes the appointment of a Task Team to guide policy on sexual harassment, gender-based violence at varsities

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Media Release For immediate Release:  29 May 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE welcomes the appointment of a Task Team to guide policy on sexual harassment, gender-based violence at varsities The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted that the Minister of Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Dr. Naledi Pandor has appointed a task team to guide policy on sexual harassment and gender – based violence (GBV) at universities. The Commission welcomes this initiative as it happens in the context of its own hearings on Gender Transformation Hearings in the Institutions of Higher Learning where the Commission has that most institutions have sexual harassment policies in place, however there is shortcomings/limitations in particular with the existing policies in so far as their implementation and enforcement is concerned. The Commission is particularly pleased that now there would be policy framework that will guide and coordinate in a sustained manner the implementation and enforcement of sexual harassment and GBV policies in the university sector. Whilst the Commission welcomes this development, the Commission calls upon the Minister of DHET to extend the scope and terms of reference for the task team to include all institutions of higher learning not limiting it to universities. Sexual harassment and gender -based violence are not limited to universities but equally rife at institutions of higher learning. To complement this effort by the department the Commission as obligated by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa will exercise its respective legal mandate to oversee and monitor closely the work of the task team will particular interest given the severity of the scourge of sexual harassment and GBV at institutions of higher learning. The CGE will continue to engage with the institutions of higher learning that it has made findings against through its Gender Transformation Hearings and equally engage with the work of the task team. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  29 May 2019 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence: 0800 150 150 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

Bonuses offered to Banyana Banyana a right step in bridging wage gap in football

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Media Release For immediate Release:  28 May 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   Bonuses offered to Banyana Banyana a right step in bridging wage gap in football In a country where, women earn 23% less as compared to their male counterparts, the announcement by South African Football Association (SAFA) President Dr Danny Jordaan that Banyana Banyana players going to the World Cup in France will receive the same bonus structure with Bafana Bafana is a step in the right direction. The Commission for Gender Equality hails SAFA’s efforts in bridging the wage disparity in football. Although, the Commission acknowledges that this endeavour is not enough in ensuring that the playing fields are equal when it comes to the remuneration of both women and men football such an initiative is welcomed as it begins to address the anomalies that had existed for far too long. The Commission has been concerned that despite the gallant display and being the pride of the nation Banyana Banyana were underpaid. It is for this reason the Commission for Gender Equality engaged both the South African Football Association and the Department of Sports and Recreation to address the issue of wage gap between Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana. The Commission also lauds the sponsors that came on board in assisting to quell the injustice that was happening in terms of remuneration of equal pay for equal work for the forthcoming World Cup and African Cup of Nations for Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana respectively. The Commission will continue to engage both SAFA and the Department of Sports and Recreation in order to address the issue of wage gap in South African football. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  28 May 2019 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence : 0800 150 150  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

Disregard of its own internal policy by the ANC on the appointment of Premiers concerning

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For Immediate Release: 14 May 2019

To: Editors, Producers and Reporters

Disregard of its own internal policy by the ANC on the appointment of Premiers concerning

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with disappointment the African National Congress (ANC) statement on the appointment of five male premiers in the 7 provinces that they have won following the 08 May 2019 National and Provincial elections. The ANC has indicated that it used gender parity as a criterion and the Commission had anticipated that 50/50 representation where the party governs would be reached.   These appointments are clearly a step backwards in the fight for gender equality and 50/50 balance in political representation between men and women in this year’s elections.

On the 27 February 2019, the Commission for Gender Equality held a National Political Party Consultative Conference on Women’s Participation and Representation in the 2019 National/Provincial Elections, the ANC was one of the parties that was present and assured those in attendance about its internal policy that will guide the party in ensuring that gender parity is adhered to. The CGE believes that the ANC’s announcement on Monday is therefore a deviation from its commitment to promote 50/50 gender representation in the appointment of Provincial Premiers.

It is the CGE’s considered view that this decision is a regressive move in terms of the challenge of promoting gender equality in South African politics, especially at the highest levels of decision making in government. The post of Provincial Premier is of critical importance, not merely for reasons of political symbolism, but also because it is the highest political office at the second tier of government in South Africa. Just as the President of the Republic is the top national policy maker with constitutionally entrenched legislative and political powers, the post of Provincial Premier bears constitutional responsibility to lead the province in the implementation of policies and legislative programmes, including those that seek to promote gender equality.

It is for this reason that the CGE believes the appointment of mainly male Premiers is a significant step in the wrong direction. Having made commitment to various international and regional conventions, protocols, treaties that seek to ensure that South Africa attains gender equality and parity, these appointments do not indicate that the country is abiding to instruments it ratified.  While the CGE acknowledges the commitment of the ruling party to balance this reduction in the number of female Premiers by appointing female Speakers at the Provincial Legislatures, regardless of the Premier being male or female, is hardly an equivalent substitute or trade-off. The post of Speaker at the Provincial Legislature although important, does not bear the same constitutional, legislative and political authority as that of Provincial Premier.

The CGE would therefore like to call upon the ruling party to re-consider its decision, as this decision has not been implemented and also to state categorically that the application of the 50/50 principle of gender parity and representation of men and women in the appointment of Provincial Premiers and other senior level office bearers is a non-negotiable political principle. If the present status quo remains, then the Commission advocates that the Premier of the North West Province must be female.

ENDS,

Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

Date:  14 May 2019

Contact Person: Javu Baloyi

Tel: 083 579 3306

The Commission for Gender Equality

The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 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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Commission for Gender Equality Monitors 2019 National and Provincial Elections

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Media Release For immediate Release:  06 May 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   Commission for Gender Equality Monitors 2019 National and Provincial Elections On the 08 May 2019, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Commissioners, Management and Staff would be monitoring the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. Empowered by Section 187 (2) of the CGE Act of 1996 (as amended), the Commission has the responsibility to monitor and assess the actions of state and non-state institutions in the furtherance of the country’s constitutional obligation to promote, protect and advance gender equality in South Africa. In respect of this constitutional obligation, the CGE will examine, monitor the forthcoming 2019 National and Provincial elections to ensure that gender equality and transformation in general, and women’s electoral representation and participation are factored into all key stages and phases of the electoral process. The CGE has since 2009 monitored and observed the National and Provincial elections. Prior to the elections, the Commission invited political parties following a lengthy process of analysing their manifestoes and party lists for them to outline or address some of the key challenges in respect of gender issues (i.e. gender based violence, sexual harassment in the workplace, unequal pay gap between men and women. Women’s representation in political parties and government, the rights of members of the LGBTI community, people with disabilities etc) facing the country as it seeks to realise the goal of gender equality and transformation. The monitoring process and other processes that the CGE had embarked upon as part of the study on the 2019 National and Provincial elections will ultimately culminate in a report that would be shared with various Stakeholders including the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IECSA). The report will also be presented before the relevant Portfolio Committee (s) in Parliament. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  06 May 2019 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence: 0800 150 150 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#    

#GBVF Summit declaration signing: A turning point in eradicating GBV and Femicide in South Africa

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 12 April 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters #GBVF Summit declaration signing: A turning point in eradicating GBV and Femicide in South Africa The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is a Constitutional body established by the Commission on Gender Equality Act 39 of 1996 to support democracy and promote gender equality. Its Constitutional mandate is to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. Section 187 (2) of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996 provides that the CGE has the power, as regulated by national legislation, necessary to perform its functions, including the power to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on issues concerning gender equality. The CGE is committed to creating a society free from gender discrimination and a society where people shall have the opportunities and means to realize their potential regardless of gender, race, class, religion, disability or geographic location. The CGE further monitors and evaluate the policies and practices of organs of State and compliance governments compliance with international conventions with respect to gender equality such as CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, the AU Maputo Protocol etc … The CGE as a human right based organization and an institution supporting democracy applauds the decisive actions taken by the Honourable President of the Republic of South Africa Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa in signing the #GBVF Summit Declaration. The signing heralded as a turning point in the fight against gender based violence and femicide is a result of the march on 01 August 2018 by the  #TotalShutDown Movement, Civil Society Organisations and the Commission for Gender Equality. This historical event has gone down in the history of South Africa as a moment when women from walks of life come together to call for the end of GBV and Femicide that has reached its highest proportion. The CGE senior leadership has been part of the summit and has served as an Expert Advisor in the preparation of the inaugural Gender Based Violence Summit hosted by the President 1-2 November 2018. The CGE was part of the summit declaration drafters, read the Summit declaration and the current Acting Chairperson witnessed the signing of the GBV Summit Declaration. Noting all the various roles that the CGE has played in the past and present, the Commission (CGE) is committed to its mandate of monitoring and evaluating policies and practice of the organs of state. It is on this premise that the Commission will be following closely all the developments post the signing of the declaration including among others, the establishment of the GBV Council, the development of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on GBV and Femicide and budget within the agreed timeframes. 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: 12 April 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

CGE investigates a matter between Gugu Ncube and UNISA

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 17 March 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE investigates a matter between Gugu Ncube and UNISA The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) can confirm that it has received a formal complaint from Ms Gugu Ncube alleging sexual harassment against a University of South Africa Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE) board member. As empowered by Section 187 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the CGE Act 39 0f 1996, as amended, Section 11 (1) (e) the Commission shall investigate any gender -related issues of its own accord or receipt of a complaint, and shall endeavour to resolve any dispute or rectify any act or omission by mediation, conciliation or negotiation. Once the Commission’s investigation is finalised, a report will be released making the findings and recommendations known to the public. 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: 17 March 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#  

CGE Supports Caster Semenya against New IAAF Regulation

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Media Release For immediate Release:  18 February 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE Supports Caster Semenya against New IAAF Regulation The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) publicly declares its support for Caster Semenya who, today, is challenging the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland on the IAAF’s recent modification of its regulation to require female athletes to maintain testosterone levels below 5 nanomoles per liter for a continuous period of at least six months. The CGE is opposed to this new IAAF regulation based on our strong conviction that the effects and impact of this new regulation will be detrimental and therefore amount to a severe violation of the rights of female athletes like Caster Semenya whose body produces what is considered by the IAAF as ‘unnaturally high’ levels of testosterone. South Africa’s Constitution grants the Commission powers, as regulated in terms of the Commission for Gender Equality Act of 1996, to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on matters concerning the right to gender equality. The right to gender equality is associated with others such as the right to privacy, human dignity and bodily integrity, amongst others. Based on the above, the Commission is convinced that the IAAF’s recent modification of its regulation amounts to a severe violation of the right to bodily integrity, human dignity and privacy for athletes like Caster Semenya whose bodies, through no fault of their own, produce what is considered high levels of testosterone. The Commission is therefore strongly determined to mount a national campaign of activism and support for Caster Semenya and other female athletes who fall foul of the new IAAF’s regulation. The CGE calls upon its partners from government, civil society, faith-based organisations, private sector and other key stakeholders and activists to join hands with the Commission for Gender Equality in a national campaign of activism in support of Caster Semenya and other female athletes in a similar position. We call upon the South African Government, as a signatory to a range of international protocols and declarations on the rights of women, to use its International offices and diplomatic channels to bring pressure to bear on the IAAF to reverse this decision and allow Caster Semenya and other affected female athletes to compete free of unethical restrictions that impact negatively on the right to bodily integrity. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  18 February 2019 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence : 0800 150 150  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#  

CGE mourns the passing away of Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer

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Press Release For Immediate release: 28 January 2018 CGE mourns the passing away of Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer The Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), Ms Tamara Mathebula) on behalf of the Commission sends her heartfelt condolences to the African National Congress (ANC), family, friends and relatives of the late Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer. She will be missed by those who had embraced her as the human rights and gender activist icon and in particular the Commission for Gender Equality that has worked closely with Mama Palmer in advancing gender equality and women empowernment. In 2016, the CGE created a platform for Mama Palmer as part of the ex-prisoners who facilitated an intergenerational dialogue that sought to impart and share knowledge amongst women of various groupings including school children. Ms Palmer was detained and spent many years for fighting for human rights in the Fort Prison, where the Commission on Gender Equality in now housed. Her memories of what ex-political prisoners fought for, was intended to achieve for the liberation and empowerment of women of this country, will remain central to the work of the CGE. Mama Palmer was a true heroine of our struggle, who despite having gone through trials and tribulations continued to fight for our freedom. Following her retirement from serving in many political structures such as the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW) and non-governmental organisations like the Legal Resource Centre (LRC), she continued to be involved in various charity organisations. It is through heroines like her that today we have CGE, which has to ensure that whatever she fought for should not be in vain. “As the Commission, we mourn and henceforth celebrate the life well spent. Indeed, her passing away will surely be missed across the country”, says Ms Tamara Mathebula, Acting chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality On behalf of the Commission for Gender Equality, we say your memory and what you laboured for will be missed. Rest in Peace! Robala ka khotso! Lala ngo Xolo, Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer! ENDS Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   28 January 2019 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 in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence : 0800 150 150  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#