Media Release For immediate Release: 17 October 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters Gender Commission appreciates outpouring of support for the rape survivor #Omotosotrial The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has received and appreciate the numerous calls offering support to Cheryl Zondi, the rape survivor in the #Omotosotrial. Many of those who have called believe the defence lawyer Peter Daubermann's line of questioning, is insensitive. This is precisely what the Commission has been raising particularly in rape cases wherein survivors suffer secondary victimisation due to the nature of the questions being raised. The CGE applauds Judge Mandela Makhaula for not allowing such kind of questioning as it was clearly secondary victimisation to Cheryl Zondi. Although, the Commission for Gender Equality respects the independence of the Judiciary, gender blindness cannot be used as a source of inadvertent secondary victimisation. The Commission will continue to raise this pertinent question with the Magistrates Commission, Bar Council and the Judiciary as a whole on the unfairness that rape survivors go through whilst giving testimonies. It is plainly unfair to subject them to such inhumane treatment whereas those who did the act are treated favourably. The line of argument by the defence was used to discredit the integrity of the victim; a victim who was a minor at the time of the alleged rape. There are several instances where women get raped because of what they wear, or due to their “loose” conduct and by default, the perpetrator would then argue that the woman asked to be raped. In any country that aspires to human rights ideals, it be would flawed to argue in court that any woman or girl deserves to be raped due to her conduct or what she wears in public. Human rights as a practiced discipline should guide our thinking about any form of inference that crosses the line when examining the truth told in a court of law. The CGE has always argued that even if the intention is to seek justice by laying women bare in courts, the same justice seeking mechanisms should not allow prejudice and patriarchal nuances to find expression in the cause of seeking the truth. The Commission applauds the bravery shown by Cheryl Zondi. “This will send a very clear message to other young women who are victims and survivors of sexual abuse. This young girl is determined to speak out about it and this does not happen often. The accused Timothy Omotoso is having a lot of support and however, she is speaking her mind without fear or favour. And she is determined to speak the truth. I hope the law protects this girl." Says Lulama Nare, Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality will continue to monitor this case in order to ensure that justice is served for Cheryl Zondi and other rape survivors who are still to testify. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 17 October 2018 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. www.cge.org.za; Twitter handle @CGEINFO; Facebook Page @ Gender Commission of South Africa
Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters 11 October 2018 Commission for Gender Equality’s response to the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng, Limpopo The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is appalled at the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng in Limpopo in an apparent domestic violence dispute. It is reported that three people have died in the incident, with one person currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to the severity of the injuries sustained. The CGE is heartened by the efforts of MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Ms Makoma Makhurupetje and the MEC for Health, Ms Phophi Ramathuba for their swift actions in assisting the family and trying their utmost best in ensuring that the family gets the best assistance and care. The Commission has been working closely with MEC Ramathuba and the family of the victims in ensuring that Psycho-social services and reasonable accommodation is provided to the family. The Commission is also pleased that MEC Makhurupetje has instructed the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to take immediate action against police officers who allegedly failed the victims in this particular case. According to the victim, the alleged perpetrator was released from SAPS custody, despite previous domestic violence orders being obtained by the victim. It is also reassuring that both MECs Makhurupetje and Ramathuba want justice to be done and have called on the SAPS in the area to work with the community and the Community Police Forum (CPF) to ensure that the alleged perpetrator that is known to the community is arrested as speedily as possible. The CGE has also received numerous complaints by burn victims about their plight when it comes to reporting such cases. Majority of the complainants spoken to the CGE point the lack of collusion between the alleged perpetrators and the police, lack of sympathy and empathy from the health practitioners, families also playing the role of counsellors even in situations only can be best handled by suitable or qualified people. This they alleged have discouraged them to lodged complaints hence wanting the CGE to assist them in ensuring that the receive justice. The CGE will use its powers as empowered by the CGE Act 39 of 1996 as Amended, Section 11(1) e and a to investigate any gender-related issues of its own accord or on receipt of a complaint, and shall endeavour to resolve any dispute; or rectify any act or omission. The CGE will also monitor and evaluate any gender related case. The CGE will continue to monitor and work closely with the relevant authorities in ensuring that justice prevails. Outdoor saunas, Baths, BBQ and wood fired hot tubs sale prices - royaltubs.co.uk ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 11 October 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 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.
Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters 30 July 2018 Gender Commission supports the #Totalshutdown Campaign The Commission for Gender Equally supports the #totalshutdown campaign that will see women in their thousands marching in various locations across the country on 01 August 2018 in an effort to raise awareness on the rampant killings of women and children. The Gender Commission’s support is informed by Section 11(1)g of the CGE Act 39 of 1996 as amended that states it shall liaise and interact with any organisation which actively promotes gender equality and other sectors of civil society to further the objective of the Commission. The Gender Commission supports this noble course as it aides its own vision of creating a society free from gender oppression and inequality. This year the country is celebrating the centenary of Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who were committed or cared about the well-being of women and children. The Gender Commission appreciate and support all initiatives to fight the scourge of gender based violence in the country. The Gender Commission pledge its support to all women organisations’ initiative to strengthen the voice and be supportive towards gender based violence campaigns in the country. “The Gender Commission believes the campaign will further emphasize the need for collaboration between state, civil society organisations, faith based organisations, trade unions and communities and the need for urgent intervention in response to increasingly high levels of gender violence perpetuated against women and children.,” says Lulama Nare, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 30 July 2018 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.
South Africans on 21 March will be observing and celebrating human rights day looking back at the gains and challenges that have been achieved in the past 20 years in terms of human rights and gender equality. 2015 also heralds a significant landmark in terms of human rights and gender equality. South Africa will be reporting before the CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Abuse against Women) Committee on the gains and challenges on the attainment of gender equality. Equally 2015 has been declared by AU (African Union) as a “Decade of African Women. The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development also sets up measurable goals towards the attainment of gender equality. This year will also a shift from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs have specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals that will go a long way in ensuring that gender equality is realised and that the world is a better place for all. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), during the human rights month, will be embarking in various activities to create awareness to women and girls on their rights. We will also be creating platforms for women to “speak out” on the violation of their rights, hence also asking men to play a significant role in ensuring that they work together with women in curbing gender based violence. “It is critical important for society to note that women rights are human rights and to insist on respect for and access to them”, Said Thoko Mpumlwana, the Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. It is the Commission’s wish that many people benefit from our human rights campaign run together with various media platforms and in collaborations with other Chapter 9 Institutions in ensuring that right-based issues with regard to gender equality are realised. Buy online for sale prices Best Halloween Costumes 2018 at Halloweeneo.com - shop Halloween costume ideas 2018 for kids, adults, pets - the ultimate selection of new design Halloween costume ideas 2018 for cheapest prices - visit Halloweeneo online store for 50 000+ costumes! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 20 March 2015 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.
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) sends its heartfelt condolescenes to Minister Collins Chabane (Minister of Public Service and Administration), Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, their families, South African Police Services (SAPS), the African National Congress (ANC), the music industry and their comrades. Minister Chabane and his bodyguards sadly met their untimely death on the road accident 30km outside Polokwane. On 10 April 2014, Minister Collins Chabane in his capacity as the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation during his key note address at the National Gender Equality Summit hosted by the Commission of Gender Equality was quoted as saying “Gender Equality is not the responsibility of women alone, but requires equal participation of men too. Men must stand up and be counted in an endeavour to build a non-sexiest society”. “As the Commission we mourn his death and celebrate the life of a gallant proponent of gender equality who was not afraid to speak his mind on issues of patriarchy and gender stereotypes”, said Ms Thoko Mpumlwana, the 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 your legacy. We shall never forget the footprints you left behind and the seamless effort in ensuring that gender equality is a reality in this country”, Thoko Mpumlwana added. To Mrs Mavis Chabane and the children, the CGE thank you for sharing Minister Chabane with the nation May your soul rest in peace, Etlela hi Kurhula, Minister Chabane! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 16 March 2015 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.
On 09 March, South Africans woke up to news reports from the media concerning the death of musician Nkululeko Habedi, also known as “Flabba”, a founding member of the hip hop group Skwatta Kamp. Based on several sources and news reports it is alleged that Habedi died in the hands of his intimate partner. His death brings back the spotlight on the issues of gender based violence particularly intimate partner violence. During 16 Days of Activism in 2014 the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) used various fora or platforms to highlight the worrying and increasing numbers in intimate partner killings. The Commission sends condolences to Habedi’s family and trust that they would find comfort during these trying times. As part of our Constitutional and Legal Mandate the Commission will be monitoring this case in ensuring that both the accused and the victims receive a fair trial. We call upon the supporters and fans of Habedi, aka “Flabba” to respect the rule of law and trust that the court will administer justice without bias and prejudice. The Commission’s court monitoring processes of the Oscar Pistorious case has convinced us that a speedy conclusion of cases of gender based violence can be realised, and it is for this reason that we hope that the same occurs in the Habedi case; hence we encourage the public and family of Habedi to stay put and allow the law to take its course. We once again implore South Africans to join hands as part of the 365 Days of Activism to continue raising awareness and advocating against the scourge of gender based violence. The Commission condemns any kind of gender based violence committed regardless of the gender of the person who commits it. We hope that people will start learning alternative ways of resolving conflicts as an ethos without resorting to violence. Shop online for stylish Islamic clothing designed for modern Muslim women and men. Ethically-made, international shipping and easy returns. The greatest selection of Islamic clothes with free delivery to United States, and worldwide. Modern and modest muslim clothing that fits your unique style and look. Use "2018FASHION" promocode to get discount up to 50% OFF! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 11 March 2015 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.