A group of professional women from the ANCWL and its affiliates have demanded an unreserved apology from Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba.
The embittered women made the demand during a peaceful march to Mashaba’s office. Their action followed Mashaba’s reckless and “Trump-like” comment about women in the municipality.
Mashaba allegedly said “the days when they [ANC administration] allowed their girlfriends to run state institutions are over”.
His statement, however, did not go down well with many women in the municipality, especially those of them at leadership positions. The aggrieved women argued that Mashaba’s comment tells the public that top women in government prostituted themselves to get there.
Thus, the ANCWL, the Progressive Professionals Forum, Young Women in Business Network, the Black Management Forum, and the ANC Greater Johannesburg Region asked the Mayor to withdraw the statement and apologize to them publicly.
The spokesperson for the campaign group‚ called #SexismMustFall‚ Loyiso Masuku insisted that after withdrawing his statement, the mayor must “tell the women how he’s going to ensure the young upcoming women in the city get opportunities‚ without insinuating that they must do sexual favours.”
The group later handed a memorandum with demands to Mashaba’s mayoral committee member for health and social development Mpho Phalatse.
Although Mashaba’s Sexism comment was targeted at the yellow block, a recent report by the Commission for Gender Equality found that women are better represented in municipalities where the ANC govern.
Mashaba has had enough troubles in the past weeks. Since his emergence as Joburg Mayor, the renowned businessman has entertained various challenges, altercations, and has equally ruffled many feathers.
Recently, he was also caught in another standoff with Gauteng Premier David Makhura; after he threatened to take drastic actions against departments owing Johannesburg city some outstanding debts.