New leadership for flailing Commission for Gender Equality

2012-01-30 15:42

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) will soon have new leadership.

A multi-party parliamentary committee tasked with filling the nine vacancies in the CGE today recommended the names of candidates who did well at last week’s interviews to the National Assembly.

Former Independent Electoral Commission deputy chairperson Thoko Mpumlwana, an academic in politics and gender relations at the University of Stellenbosch Professor Amanda Gouws and former City of Cape Town manager Wallace Mgoqi are among those who made the list.

Mfanozelwe Shozi, Ndileka Loyilane and Janine Hicks are on track to return for a second term as commissioners.

A well-know gender activist from Sonke Gender Justice Network, Mbuyiselo Botha, who focuses on educating men and encouraging them to respect women’s rights did not make it.

Ruth Bhengu, chairperson of the ad hoc committee on the filling of vacancies in the commission, said her committee would present a report before the House, which could be adopted or rejected. If adopted in its current form the list of candidates would be sent to President Jacob Zuma for the appointment of commissioners.

The Chapter 9 institution has been slammed by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and gender activists for failing to carry out its mandate, mismanaging funds and maladministration.

Bhengu expressed hope that all the nine preferred candidates would be endorsed because “their conduct and responses during the interviews were satisfactory and the committee was pleased with the skills they possessed”.

The other recommended names are Lulama Nare, Sylvia Desiree Stevens-Maziya and Nondumiso Maphazi Ranuga.

The ad hoc committee is expected to table its report before Parliament on February 21.

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