Prostitute? I never called anyone a prostitute, says Mpumalanga politician

2015-04-02 16:22

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Mpumalanga ANC politician, Victor Windvoël, has denied naming anyone when he made a comment about a female legislature member dressed as a prostitute.

Windvoël raised a point of order interrupting safety and security MEC Vusi Shongwe’s address after Democratic Alliance (DA) legislature member, Jane Sithole, walked in clad in a black dress on Tuesday.

Sithole has since lodged numerous complaints against Mpumalanga legislature speaker Thandi Shongwe with the Commission on Gender Equality, the South African Human Rights Commission, Premier David Mabuza, the ANC Women’s League, the legislature and DA Women’s Network.

Windvoël said he did not mention anyone by name and said those who mentioned a name must respond.

“I was referring to a dress code, generally. Those who volunteered a name can respond,” he said.

A video recording of the session shows the speaker identifying Sithole as Windvoël’s target.

Windvoël: “Can I ask the honourable speaker ... since we have spoken about those people selling their bodies ... can a female honourable member wear a see-through [dress] in parliament.”

Shongwe: “Honourable VV, who are you referring to?”

Windvoël:“She has just come in now.”

It turned out that Windvoël was referring to Sithole because Shongwe then instructed Sithole to put on her scarf.

Shongwe: “In terms of our dress code you must dress formally and traditionally ... eh ... but cleavage and see-through as the honourable member is saying is [inappropriate]. Honourable Sithole, I’ll request you to put on your scarf.”

Sithole’s DA colleague, Anthony Benadie, rose to protest that Sithole was dressed formally and appropriately. Shongwe, however, stuck to her guns.

“Your definition of formal is different to mine because mina ngiwumuntu [I’m black] and wena ungumlungu [you’re white],” Shongwe argued.

Benadie said today that the DA would demand an official apology from Shongwe.

“The DA cannot sit back and bear witness to the degradation of women without doing everything in its power to stop this trend. The DA will not rest until the conduct of the speaker is debated in the legislature to ensure that her inability to preside over proceedings of the house is exposed and the dignity of our colleague, Jane Sithole, is restored.

“Furthermore, the DA will insist on an official apology in writing and in the house,” he said.

Commission on Gender Equality spokesperson, Javu Baloyi, said the commission had heard about the complaint through the media but had not received it formally.

“We trust she will be lodging it soon,” Baloyi said.

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