Fewer women in local government - Zuma

2012-07-06 22:10

Johannesburg - Women's representation in local government decreased after the 2011 elections, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

He said this was despite the increase in representation of women in Parliament from 2.7% during apartheid to 27% after 1994.

"The country missed the opportunity at these elections to advance local government towards a 50/50 gender parity," Zuma told a Progressive Women's Movement of SA conference in Mthatha.

Zuma said this was because some political parties did not feature an adequate number of women in their candidate lists for local government.

The country had however made strides in promoting gender equality especially in business and politics, through the introduction of legislation.

"Research compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) shows that out of 189 countries globally, South Africa is ranked number seven in women's political participation," Zuma said.

The government's goal was to achieve the 50/50 gender parity by 2015.

Women enterprenuers were supported at various levels to improve their participation in the economy, especially small business owners.

"Key to the development of small business by government would be to improve government's ability to pay suppliers on time, within the prescribed 30-day period," Zuma said.

He said non-payment had been a serious problem to business over a long period of time, especially small businesses run by women.

"The presidency and the Treasury will monitor compliance on a month to month basis to show departments the importance of compliance regarding this."

  • aiazmir - 2012-07-06 23:23

    Oh you showerhead idiot! With your total disregard for the rights and dignity of women how can you possibly try to promote the rights and dignity of women. You are a strange mixture of poison and myrrh.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-07 14:33

      Zuma is truly lost. He is forever barking up the wrong tree.

  • Godfrey - 2012-07-06 23:51

    I notice JZ did not give the percentages of the ANC, wonder why????

  • Erna - 2012-07-07 02:30

    Who cares? The most important thing is that capable people fill these posts. Black or white; male or female; gay or straight; ANC, DA. IFP. The current system is definitely not working.

  • Moent - 2012-07-07 03:30

    Is that so Zooma, very intelligent of you to notice and mention that useless bit of information to us! Why don't you try focusing on crime and corruption which includes you and start putting our beautiful SA back together again! You are cANCer that sucks the life out of South Africa and you need to go soon! I hope that when you are voted out, our friend Malema spills all the beans on you and they put your sorry corrupt ass in prison

  • mmangaliso - 2012-07-07 04:26

    I dont care abt there being less women in local goverment. SA need people that cn do the job.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-07-07 06:20

    Does he really expect any of his comments on gender equality to be taken seriously when he clearly doesn't respect women?

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-07 06:51

    Zuma, u r spewing the same crap all the time. Women emancipation has never been apriority for you. U c women s sex objects, even when u appoint women 2 leadership positions, u give us useless corrupt women like Angie Motshekga!! just shut up and remove yourself from the government, u don't deserve 2 b there!!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-07 07:03

    Idiot, if women do not want to serve in public office they don't want to. Does Zuma want to force them to do so?

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-07 10:35

    That is a lie. Granted a few went to jail but from where I'm sitting a lot came into local government especially from the education sector into high ranking positions.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-07 11:51

    Can't we give government jobs to the just paroled prisoners Mr Zuma?

  • bernpm - 2012-07-07 13:50

    In order to improve delivery at local gov levels, we need competence and dedication...with or without specific gender tools

  • Charms - 2012-07-07 16:29

    Oh my word...who the hell cares what the gender is as long as they can do the job....At the moment the whole of the ANC goverment (male/female)are all ignorent maaifoedies that dont know how to read a recipe for scramble eggs please, find something usefull to blabber about....Idiot!!

  • nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-07 20:37

    Aaah! Zoomer looking for more woman to screw with his little spear?

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