The minister for women in the presidency says it’s ‘now or never’ for women to achieve land ownership, something patriarchal systems have denied them.
Minister in the Presidency for Women Bathabile Dlamini spoke at a seminar on landless women, hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa on Tuesday, telling those in attendance that it was “now or never” for women to attain ownership of land.
Some felt the minister to be a controversial choice to represent women in government, due to her track record as president of the ANC Women’s League, which includes defending Mduduzi Manana when he was accused of assaulting two women in a nightclub. She also stood behind former president Jacob Zuma over the rape charges levelled against him.
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela was among those who spoke out against Dlamini’s appointment, saying it “shocked and disappointed” her.
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