Investigation into claims that SABC boss was given a wife as a gift welcomed
19 Jun 2014
The department responsible for the championing of women rights supports the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) for instituting an investigation following reports that Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the acting chief operations officer at the SABC received ‘wife' as a gift alongside a cow and its calf from Venda chiefs and traditional leaders and activists.
This practice purported under the guise of tradition and culture by a lobby group called Mudzi wa Vhurereli ha Vhavenda is solemnly regrettable. The use of women as gifts as if they were livestock is a serious regress and an insult to the gains of 20 years of democracy and freedom, particularly the contribution of women.
Colonialism, harmful cultural and religious practices promoted patriarchy and the oppression of women and apartheid further entrenched discrimination based on gender and laws that oppressed women.
"Since 1994, remarkable progress has been made in raising the voice of women through the creation of participatory spaces and structures. As the department responsible for the championing of the rights of women, we cannot sit back and allow women to be treated like secondary citizens with no acclaim to human rights," explains spokesperson Kenosi Machepa.