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Premier Mathabatha and his MECs ignore Women’s Parliament

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) is angered by Premier Mathabatha and his cabinet's decision to snub the Provincial Women's Sectoral Parliament held last Friday in Masisi Musina.

This is not the first time that the Premier and his cabinet have snubbed such an important event.

Sectoral Parliaments serve a very important role in providing ordinary citizens the opportunity to voice their problems and challenges in their daily lives. This one was aimed at women who are still the most vulnerable in our societies, especially in the rural areas. Sadly no MECs attended, except for the public works MEC Monica Machadi who was there for less than half of the event.

Women in the province face numerous challenges such as gender-based violence, high unemployment, abduction and trafficking, sexual violence and the shortage of rape kits in police stations and lack of sanitary pads for impoverished women.

At the insistence of the DA, this year’s women’s parliament also included a motion that saw women who form part of the LGBTQIA+ community take part in the debates to express their challenges and ask for police to be sensitized on dealing with sexual offences that involve lesbians.

Women with disabilities in our communities were also represented and raised concerns about the poor representation of people with disabilities employed within the provincial government departments and the need to increase this.

They also raised issues around tourist destinations and lodges in the province not being disability friendly but sadly the Economic development, environment and Tourism MEC Thabo Mokone was absent.

MECs are members of the Legislature and should listen to the challenges and needs of the different sectors of society. They need to attend such Sectoral Parliaments in order to implement projects and provide solutions that will really empower the people of Limpopo.

The DA believes the women of Limpopo deserve a Premier and members of the Executive Council that take their issues seriously. We hope the regular absence of MECs in Sectoral Parliaments that characterised the 5th Legislature will not become a norm in this 6th Legislature.

 

Katlego Suzan Phala MPL l  DA

Rolina Vorster

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