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Minister to take part in miniskirt march

2012-02-16 22:06

Johannesburg - Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana will participate in Friday's march to protest against assaults on women wearing miniskirts.

"Through this march we are reclaiming our streets from those who abuse and terrorise women and children," Xingwana said in a statement on Thursday.

Earlier this year, the minister condemned an attack on two women wearing short skirts at the Noord Street Taxi Rank in central Johannesburg.

"The scourge of women abuse threatens to erode many of the hard-earned gains of the liberation struggle.

"It denies women their birth rights. It condemns them to a life of fear and prevents them from being productive members of society," said Xingwana.

The march, convened by the ANC Women's League and supported by the Congress of SA Trade Unions, is expected to start in the Johannesburg CBD at 14:00 on Friday [February 17].

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA [Numsa] also put its weight behind the initiative.

The assaults at Noord Street highlighted the deep-seated and embedded sexism and rottenness of society as personified by some taxi landlords and drivers, it said in a statement.

"The right of women to freedom of movement, freedom from sexual harassment and the right to dignity in our society can never be determined by the clothes that a woman chooses to wear."

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Comments
  • Francois - 2012-02-16 22:11

    It defies the purpose.

      OhbiZz - 2012-02-17 11:40

      Pic of the honorable minister http://www.womensmonth.co.za/minister.html Her in a mini skirt is not an image I would want to see....I support her cause all the same...but why not just wield a placard?

  • Max - 2012-02-16 22:15

    I support the march, but please minister leave the wearing of miniskirts to people that at least stand a chance of being attacked for wearing one.

      Sunett - 2012-02-17 08:46

      Bwaaaahaaahaaa!! Nice one, Max!

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-16 22:18

    We need Zuma out there marching (without mini skirt please) - he's the one who needs his mind changed!

      Godfrey - 2012-02-16 22:33

      Please don't lead him into tempation.

  • kznshark - 2012-02-16 22:19

    Lulu, here is to your march for dignity...an admirable initiative.

  • inwardk - 2012-02-16 22:21

    Good for her

      Irene - 2012-02-16 23:12

      I agree good for her, but I sure hope she doesn't wear a mini-skirt herself. Sies!

      Irene - 2012-02-17 04:17

      Whoever gave the thumbs down, have you seen the size of her? I don't think you'd even see the skirt for all the fat bulging over it.

  • Scouter - 2012-02-16 22:22

    In the better interest of good taste I will resist the urge to play on words. Lulu - you might find a better name under the circumstances. I support your cause to the hilt, however. Not sure how you are going to undo a very sick culture though.

  • Scouter - 2012-02-16 22:33

    I am missing Julius already. Next best thing is the rapidly disappearing rabbit thread. The rabbit got more hits than JuJu of late. Mind you we are talking about free hand outs here - then again, I think he was too.

  • bathobatena - 2012-02-16 22:37

    excuse me but... 1. if the minister will also be marching does that count as leave or a normal working day? 2. where are they taking their memorandum to?, shouldn't she be excepting the memo? 3. can the department be sued should there be any property vandalized during this march?

      Scouter - 2012-02-16 22:50

      It pisses us all off, mate.

  • DJPJVS - 2012-02-16 22:41

    I am for equality in South Africa, IF there is a march for women's safety, we need a march for obese men because they are at a greater risk diabetics than women wearing provocative clothing

      Scouter - 2012-02-16 22:54

      Not me - I'm positvely athletic in appearance and every lonely womans' dream. My coffee was cold, when I woke up though.

      John - 2012-02-17 03:19

      Scouter, I hope Showerheads wives are in the march too, now that will be a sight for sore eye's, bet they got great legs too. I hope News24 posts a gallery so that we can see it over here. Jokes aside I agree with the march to bring awareness to this subject.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-02-17 01:00

    Phew! At least its not lindi sisulu :P

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-17 05:57

    I wanna march too!!! Even though i am no supporter of ANC but i am a supporter of equallity

  • hein.huyser - 2012-02-17 06:37

    And those dinosaurs have been given the right to vote? They must decide on who must ensure a future for their kids and they can't even...... Democracy isn't for everyone

      cowbwouy - 2012-02-17 08:35

      And what are you doing in the land of the dinosaurs ???

  • Lala Jantjie - 2012-02-17 07:33

    It is so sad dat most of those taxi drivers are old enaf 2 b those teenagers parents,question is if dey can do dat 2 those poor kids wat are de chances dat dey can do dat 2 deir own children...

      Goldie - 2012-02-17 08:10

      Lala, sweetheart, I agree with your sentiments, but please use your real words when you want to convey a written message on a public forum. Cryptic leads does not convey a message well, and sadly it creates a negative impression about your intellect.

      kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-17 09:19

      @Goldies! I just hope & wish Lala sees your advice as a constructive criticism not the other way round. As for the Minister maybe your presence will add some bone & muscles to the march and those barbaric taxi drivers will felt your get your message.

  • cowbwouy - 2012-02-17 08:22

    There are sick men out there and we all know that; but I dont see supporting wearing mini skirts as a way to deal with the challenge/problem. One other thing what do you expect a straight man to think about when he sees a lady wearing a mini skirt;Definitely he wont think about Jesus.Most probably he thinks sexy and most take out the y from the word. The men who violate the women must face the the full wrath of the law but come on ;do you think those girls would have been harassed if they weren't wearing min skirts; or if they were wearing a nun's outfit???

      Sibanda - 2012-02-17 09:25

      Very True...wear long skirts and walk in Joburg central and see if any of the so called rights are violated..u cant expect those man to keep quite wen u are also violating their rights by walking half naked in the streets

  • Clay - 2012-02-17 09:16

    Wish I could take part in this march. My support is there in spirit.

  • Ig - 2012-02-17 09:19

    I really hope she does not wear a mini.

      pieter.haasbroek - 2012-02-17 09:44

      If she does - do you think the four wheels will touch the ground?

      Ig - 2012-02-17 11:19

      Pieter, kan hilarious wees. Wonder hoekom sommige thumbs down pick, kan nie eers n grap vat nie (;-)

  • malinda.cassidy - 2012-02-17 09:43

    So if women wearing short skirts are attacked, what should we do to the male idiots who walk around clutching their genitals? When it is done in my presence, I speak out and tell them they are rude and uncivilised. I ask them to please not hold their genitals in public - they are usally very surprised and embarrased. Or shall we just attack them?

  • Angela - 2012-02-17 10:24

    She one very brave woman !!!

  • Gian - 2012-02-17 10:27

    @Francois, Max, Sunett, Irene... and whoever else. Women protest for being attacked by men because of how they dress and march to reaffirm their right to wear whatever they want. And your comment is all these jokes about the minister's look, I guess you mean she is not enough thin to wear a miniskirt. With these sad, silly and sexist comments you show how deeply you understand the problem.

      Irene - 2012-02-17 11:51

      Nobody is downplaying the situation pal and everyone is fully aware of the seriousness of the situation. You are obviously having a sense of humour failure. Try seeing the light side of things because it'll make you feel a bit better.

      cowbwouy - 2012-02-18 11:28

      If women are attacked because they wear mini skirts and there are some who dont get attacked when they wear something else this shows that they are not attacked simply because they are women, there surely is something else. Lets recognize the problem :men will always be attracted by a woman in a mini skirt and what happens after that is something else.Ask yourself would the men at that particular time have attacked those girls if they weren't wearing mini skirts??? I THINK MOST WOMEN WEAR MINI SKIRTS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY WILL DRAW TOWARDS THEM; BUT THEY FORGET THAT THERE ARE SICK MEN OUT THERE WHO MIGHT CAUSE HARM TO THEM OR THE NEXT WOMAN.

  • Christina - 2012-02-17 11:21

    this one i would like to see stru!!!!!!!!!!

  • OhbiZz - 2012-02-17 11:42

    Just looked at a couple of her pics....boy that mini skirt will be a big one!

  • Gian - 2012-02-17 12:54

    @Irene - Humour? What humour? Don't you see that almost all comments are the same joke, repeated without the mean suspect of saying a predictable banality, the quickest and easiest semblance of an idea or trace of cerebral activity? You can obviously laugh at these jokes, the fat&fart humour, it is your sense of humour and you've the right to cultivate it. I prefer some more witty stuff, something with a grain of intelligence too. Is not your kind of humour that makes me feel better

      cowbwouy - 2012-02-18 11:32

      Gian. Look how the minds of the people are centered around how the minister will look in a mini skirt.This is the case when any woman goes out of her house wearing a mini skirt.If mother Theresa herself was alive and went out wearing a mini skirt men and women alike will look at her differently and thats a fact

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