Gender activist in trouble for sexist and albinism shaming comments

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By Kaya 959 News

The Commission for Gender Equality has been urged to convene an urgent hearing over utterances made by a male commissioner against three of his female colleagues.

Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has further called for the commissioner’s dismissal.

During a recent virtual meeting, Commissioner Mbuyiselo Botha, was heard berating fellow commissioners and the chairperson of the CGE, Tamara Mathebula.

He goes further to refer to Commissioner Mazibuko as “this albino”.

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Botha apologises

However, Botha claimed his comments were in relation to a discussion he was having with Mathebula. He said it was not based on gender differences. He also apologised for his utterances towards Mazibuko.

The Minister said she had to listen to the report more than once.

“I had to listen to it again to make sure I was hearing correctly. This is an unbelievable injustice. This type of behaviour and attitude, especially from someone who has been tasked to uphold the rights of all citizens, is a stain on the country’s moral fabric,” she said.

The Minister called on the Commission to establish an urgent hearing and follow due processes.

“The Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities must also recommend the dismissal of the speaker to the President,” added Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.

CGE spokesperson, Javu Baloyi strongly condemned the incident.

“As an institution that is charged/empowered by Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the CGE Act No. 39 of 1996, as amended. The Commission has instituted internal processes that are geared towards ensuring that this matter is urgently addressed,” he said.

Baloyi said as soon as the finalisation of the processes employed, the Commission will communicate the outcomes to the relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, Botha told the media that the matter was an internal one. He further apologised for the albinism slur.

“I deeply regret that and I unreservedly apologise to all the commissioners,” he said.

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