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DA Youth League and ANCWL Statement on Pretoria Girls High School on it’s ‘Hair Policies’ (29.08.2016)

ANCWL Aug 2016

Democratic Alliance press statement by
Khume Ramulifho MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education

Outdated Gauteng school policies need to be reviewed by SGBs

29 August 2016
Release: Immediate

The latest revelations regarding ‘hair policy’ at Pretoria Girls High School have brought to attention some school policies which are both divisive and discriminatory.

Policies that unfairly discriminate against people are unconstitutional and do not have a place in our democratic dispensation.

The DA therefore welcomes Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi’s commitment to launch an investigation. This report should then be tabled before the Gauteng Legislature for scrutiny.

The DA furthermore implores parents and School Governing Bodies to partake in the policy review process and to bring these issues to the fore. School Governing Bodies are empowered to act, and need not wait for an external investigation to do so.

Codes of conduct in schools are there to encourage conducive learning and teaching environments. Creating an inclusive environment for this to happen must be made a priority, so that every child – no matter their race of background – can achieve their very best academically and pursue a life of dignity.

Media enquiries:

Khume Ramulifho MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education

The ANCWL is Disappointed that Judge Mabel Jansen Reduces Sexual Abuse in SA to being a Black Culture (09.05.2016).

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The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) unapologetically and strongly believes that gender-based violence has no place in South Africa (SA) and it must be fought by all in the society for women to live happily as equal citizens in the country. The crime statistics for 2014/15 has shown a significant decrease of recorded cases on sexual offenses to have decreased by 7.4%, from 46,647 to 43,195 respectively however the ANCWL does not celebrate such a decrease as the numbers still remain high.

The ANCWL is disappointed by the likes of Judge Jansen who is supposed to uphold the rule of law in an objective and unbiased manner, defining rape as a black culture. Her comments made on Facebook where she claims that the rape of young children is part of black culture, are purely racist and misrepresentation of facts about black culture. The comments are not in anyway assisting in fighting the scourge of sexual abuse in the country.

The ANCWL respects Judge Jansen’s right to participate in public debate but ANCWL has a view that her utterances on rape as being a black culture undermines the standing and integrity of the judiciary. It is the ANCWL’ s view that she violated Article 7 (a) of the Code of Judicial Conduct for South African Judges adopted in terms of section 12 of the Judicial Service Commission Act, 1994 (Act No 9 OF 1994) which requires her that at all times personally avoid and dissociate herself from comments that are racist, sexist or otherwise manifest discrimination in violation of the equality guaranteed by the Constitution.

The ANCWL has lost trust that Judge Jansen will preside over cases of rape fairly in future and therefore calls on Judicial Services Commission to decisively deal with her and relevant bodies to investigate if these utterances do not justify her being de- registered from the legal fraternity.

Whilst the ANCWL calls for gender transformation of the judiciary, the women’s league does not support views coming from any person irrespective of gender or race that reduces the violent sexual abuse of women in our country as black culture. Sexual abuse knows knows no race or social status it affects us all.

ANCWL urges all members of the society to work together in dealing with violence on women and children. All our efforts are required in redressing violence faced by women and children in SA

Issued by: ANC Women’s League

Secretary General

Cde Meokgo Matuba

Enquiries:

Toko Xasa

ANCWL, National Spokesperson

+27 (82) 6523131

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