Women aim for LFA membership

2018-02-14 06:02

The South African Football Association (Safa) in the Northern Cape has pledged its preparedness towards the registration of the Sol Plaatje Women’s Local Football Association as a member of the Sol Plaatje Local Football Association (SPLFA).

This follows various engagements, reportedly between concerned South African Women’s Football Association (SAWFA) members, with the Commission for Gender Equality.

The delayed progress regarding this process of acceptance of their associate membership was the main focus.

According to concerned members, no feedback has been received from the SPLFA and Safa regarding their registration and incorporation since their submission in February 2017.

They accuse the SPLFA of ducking and diving instead of granting the membership to get a positive message across to the female football community of the country.

According to Winston Mondela, regional secretary of Safa, processes still need to be followed and statutes need to be amended as part of the registration process.

He promised that the upcoming SPLFA congress in September would see that all team representatives attend and approve the SAWFA application.

“The application will therefore be taken to congress for adoption. It is not like we are refusing them membership. SPLFA is an association and Safa does not succumb to any pressure for such,” Mondela said.

He pointed out the fact that they do acknowledge the concern of the Commission for Gender Equality to address issues of women in the industry.

“We understand what the commission wants and are willing to co-operate.”

Mondela condemned the actions of a hidden agenda by the front-runners of the campaign “who play gender cards”.

“Men should not be the ones running this structure. We want to sit at a round table with women themselves, not males.”

Seabata Makhele, chairperson of the SPLFA, confirmed acceptance of the application and explained that the whole process of adoption was an administrative bundle where the constitution also had to be changed.

“It is true that they got the go-ahead from SAWFA to apply for membership and we do not refuse, but have to follow our regulations.

“An interim structure has to be established during a meeting where all the women football teams have to be in attendance,” Makhele said.

According to him, they do work with the Commission of Gender Equality, as it remains a concern that women are deprived in the soccer industry.

“We need women development and this move is essential.

“And we do admit that there is a gap in junior structures, which will see us having leaks in professional structures in future.”

Men should not be the ones running this structure.
We want to sit at a round table with women themselves, not males. - Winston Mondela

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