Mashaba must stop shaming menstruating girls - Joburg ANC

2019-01-15 19:26

The ANC in Johannesburg has expressed shock and concern over Mayor Herman Mashaba's recent statements over the delivery of sanitary pads to Grade R pupils, saying he should make the female toiletries accessible instead of shaming menstruating young girls.

Mashaba tweeted last week that the government's apparent distribution of sanitary pads to Grade R pupils got them to focus on sex instead of education.

He was responding to a tweet which showed Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane distributing sanitary pads at a combined school which caters for primary and high school children.

But the ANC was not impressed.

"As someone in a position of power, his historic and continuous ignorance and bigoted views enable the perpetuation of problematic and patriarchal sentiments which contribute to institutionalised sexism and the scourge of gender-based violence in our country," the party's Johannesburg deputy secretary, Loyiso Masuku, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Masuku encouraged Mashaba to retract his statement. 

"The mayor should, as a form of remorse and efforts of correcting his harmful behaviour, retract his utterances and subsequently follow the example of the ANC in Johannesburg of donating sanitary towels to young girls in primary, secondary and high schools," he said.

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"An estimated 30% of schoolgoing children miss out on school for several days a month due to a lack of sanitary products, and this exacerbates inequality as these children are denied their right to education.

"To want to shame children who menstruate undermines the collective efforts of this country of working towards a just and equal society," Masuku added.

Director of Mayoral Communications at the City of Joburg, Luyanda Mfeka, said the City would not issue a statement because Mashaba already clarified his position on the matter through his tweets.

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