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Zille's male cabinet criticised

By Sapa | May 31, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 42 ]

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille did not have enough confidence in her women leaders, when she appointed an all-male cabinet in the Western Cape, the ANC says

“This move resulted in premier Helen Zille again having no confidence in any of her women leaders by not appointing them in her cabinet,” said Lynne Brown, ANC “shadow” premier.

Brown said women were only deemed fit enough to be used on their  posters, referring to a picture of Zille who is the premier, mayor Patricia de Lille, and national spokeswoman Lindiwe Mazibuko.

The DA was also not living up to the constitutional principle of  non-sexism and transforming society into a better place “also for women”.

Brown also questioned Zille’s reshuffle wanting to know why Albert Fritz was removed from community safety to social development, and why speaker Shahi Esau was not moved as they believe he was allegedly involved in tender irregularities.

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) was also annoyed by the all-male team and felt that outgoing mayor Dan Plato was not the right choice for MEC of community safety. During his tenure as mayor Plato was at the centre of the Makhaza, Khayelitsha unenclosed toilets saga.

It also opposed Fritz’s appointment and called on members of the  provincial legislature to vote against the appointment of Plato and  Fritz.

The reshuffle was made necessary by the appointment of former social development MEC De Lille as Cape Town’s new mayor. Former community safety MEC Fritz will replace De Lille in social development, and Plato replaces Fritz.

Trace Venter, spokeswoman for Zille as premier, said: “Any reshuffle the premier makes would have been criticised.”   

Women held top positions in the DA — its leader Zille, who was also premier of the province, De Lille as mayor and Mazibuko as national spokeswoman.

This included many of the party’s top “shadow ministers” and half the mayoral committee in the city of Cape Town.

“None of these women have been appointed to the position for any  other reason than that they are ’fit for purpose’. That is because the DA does not appoint women in top positions to fulfil quotas but  because they are the most qualified for the job.”   

Venter said it was ironic that both the ANC and Newawu, which was affiliated to Cosatu, had “chosen to act so self-righteously about the appointment of women when neither the ANC nor Cosatu have  ever had a woman leader.”   

Zille had made her selections based on what was best for the provincial government.

In 2009 Cosatu took Zille to the Equality Court over a similar cabinet as they were unhappy about it being all white and male.

Cosatu eventually dropped the complaint.

At that time the two reached a settlement and issued a joint statement saying Zille’s commitment to gender equality was “apparent”.

At the time Zille was reported as saying that all senior DA women candidates opted to stand for election to Parliament rather than the provincial legislature.

Zille discussed the issue with her followers on Twitter, saying:  “First Juju called @LindiMazibuko a “tea-girl”. Now ANC calls PdeLille, Lindi and me “poster girls”. Who is sexist? Lol”.    

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Jun 06, 2011 8:14 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity...you can say whatever you want, your DA will forever be an opposition party & a racist party!

May 31, 2011 4:37 | 0 replies

Terence83 - Ignorance is bliss.

May 31, 2011 4:34 | 0 replies

@LoveSA & Sinudeity....truth hurts

May 31, 2011 4:26 | 0 replies

Terence83
It looks like the only competent woman in the WC is Helen "Open Toilet" godZille

Compared to the ANC's 1600 open toilets, I'd be careful of trying to slander the DA when the ANC are 1600 times worse.

May 31, 2011 4:26 | 0 replies

Terence83 - I fail to see why some darkies worship malema and jacob. Are you not tired of getting used by the ANC elites?

May 31, 2011 4:24 | 0 replies

@Terence83 - Some smelled the coffee... You gonna wake up some time?

May 31, 2011 4:23 | 0 replies

I still fail to understand why some darkies vote for DA(Darkies Aside)...are we not getting tired of being used by whites??

May 31, 2011 4:16 | 0 replies

Hey I am told that during her cabinet meetings, a smell of armpits hangs in the room.

May 31, 2011 4:13 | 0 replies

Terence83 - Hehehe. And the ANC will forever be a liberation party that never ev.olved into a governing organisation. Oh, and a racist and sexist party.

May 31, 2011 4:46 | 0 replies

@ Sterkfontein
I feel you baba...this is getting exhausting. We have no interest in their kindergarten games, we want service delivery, by competent, qualified people - irrespective of whether they are male or female, black, white, indian, coloured etc... DELIVER - finish & klaar.

@ Sinu & Terence83
Ok, dankie!!!!

May 31, 2011 4:56 | 0 replies