Gender commission dismayed at king’s sexist comments
Commission for Gender Equality describes King Sigcawu’s comments about SA not being ready for a women leader as unfortunate
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has reacted with "dismay" to the "unfortunate utterances" attributed to AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu that the country was not ready for a woman president. The king reportedly told a gathering at his Nqadu Great Palace in Willowdale‚ Eastern Cape‚ during former African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s visit this week that women were sensitive by nature and that SA was not ready for a woman leader. King Sigcawu was quoted as saying "The country’s problems have overwhelmed leaders who are men‚ how much more for a woman‚" to the delight of the village men. The commission on Friday said the king’s utterances appeared to impugn the integrity and ability of women to serve the country as political leaders. Spokesperson Javu Baloyi said the utterances clearly constituted a violation of some of the basic human rights principles contained in the Constitution‚ including the right to gender equality‚ the right to dignity...
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