THE statement made by KwaZulu-Natal's MEC for economic development and tourism Mike Mabuyakhulu, that women can't manage their finances, has angered women activists.
Mabuyakhulu's claim was broadcast in a news bulletin on SAfm.
Angry gender activists have defined his statement as irresponsible, general and sexist.
Collen Lowe Morna, executive director of Gender Links, said it was unfortunate that a person of the MEC's calibre would make such a general statement. She said most studies have shown that women were the ones managing family finances better than men.
Gender rights activist Lisa Vetten also condemned Mabuyakhulu's statement as sexist and said there was no evidence of what Mabuyakhulu said.
"What he said is unsubstantiated and baseless. Look how many single women are successfully running their finances and taking their kids to school without the help of men. His perception is common among men in South Africa who do not want to give money to their women."