DA demands Mpumalanga Speaker apology for ‘Sex-Worker Dress’ ruling

By: Anthony Benadie MPL DA Mpumalanga Caucus Leader Today the DA marched to the Mpumalanga Legislature and handed over a memorandum to the Speaker, Thandi Shongwe, demanding that she withdraws her protection of discriminatory remarks labelling the DA’s Jane Sithole as wearing the dress of a sex-worker in the Legislature. The Speaker protected the member who made these remarks, and in doing so the Speaker allowed them to go unchallenged. It is unconstitutional and unacceptable in our democratic country that women can have their rights and dignity trampled on by a legislative house. In the memorandum, the DA demanded that: · The Speaker apologise in writing to Sithole for humiliating and making her the subject of public ridicule over her choice of dress; · The Speaker apologise for condoning the utterances made by Hon. Windvoel regarding women who dress like prostitutes in the house; · This apology be made during today’s sitting. · Speaker Shongwe order Vusimuzi Windvoel to unconditionally withdraw what he said about Sithole’s dress at the sitting on the 31st March 2015; Click here to view the memorandum. Upon receiving the memorandum, we were informed by the Deputy Speaker that there is a bereavement in the Speaker’s family, and she is absent from the Legislature. The Democratic Alliance believes that the Speaker’s conduct was wrong and unlawful and infringed on the rights of women in her ruling that allowed the attack on Sithole. Such conduct will never be tolerated. The DA will put our demand for an apology to Speaker Shongwe when she returns to the Chair of the Legislature at its next sitting. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################