A senior male politician in KwaZulu- Natal has appealed to women in local government not to compromise their principles in their path to growth in the field.
Speaking at the opening of the Women in Local Government conference held at the Durban Conventional Centre, MEC for Local Government, Housing and Traditional Affairs, Mike Mabuyakhulu, said women should not accept sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse to get to where they deserve to be.
"I want to make it clear that I am not here as a man, but as a humble servant of our people in the sphere of local government," said Mabuyakhulu. "There are opportunities out there waiting for you to grab with both hands."
The conference is aimed at empowering women and ensuring that they participate in leading development at local government level. The event was attended by hundreds of women councillors, mayors and Kwazulu-Natal queens.
Mabuyakhulu said the event was on the eve of an important gender awareness campaign, the 16 days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children.
"I hope you have planned campaigns to mark this important day."