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David Makhura ordered to drop male MEC in favour of gender parity: what you need to know

31 July 2019 - 10:23 By Unathi Nkanjeni
Gauteng premier David Makhura.
Gauteng premier David Makhura.

Ahead of women's month, the ANC national executive committee (NEC) has ordered Gauteng premier David Makhura to drop one male MEC in favour of gender parity. 

SowetanLIVE reported that this was decided at the recent NEC committee meeting in Irene, Pretoria.

Here is what you need to know:

50/50 gender split

In May, TimesLIVE reported that the ANC Women's League expressed its unhappiness that Makhura's cabinet did not have a 50/50 gender split.

Makhura failed to abide by the NEC’s requirements in the appointment of executives, as had been agreed upon at previous NEC meetings.

The ANCWL president at the time Bathabile Dlamini expressed concern that women were not granted positions in high structures even though they were capable and available.

60/40 gender representation

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule on Tuesday said the meeting concluded that Makhura had to replace one of his male executives with a female executive to achieve a 60/40 gender representation.

Magashule said the ANC would continue to tackle gender-based violence and continue to empower women.

"We continue to dismantle patriarchy and fight misogyny. We must tackle gender-based violence, economic and social exclusion of women, equal pay for equal work and the empowerment of women in all spheres of society," he said.

Sexual harassment policy.

At the NEC meeting, the ANC agreed to adopt a wide-ranging sexual harassment policy, according to Magashule. 

He said it was the party’s plan to integrate non-sexism in all its policies, leadership structures and programmes.

"The ANC adopted a policy on sexual harassment in the work environment and also agreed to adopt a broader organisation-wide sexual harassment policy."

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