DURBAN: The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Women’s Brigade calls on President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure that the newly appointed Minister of Women and Children attends an Attitude and Mindset Training Course.
Ramaphosa announced his cabinet earlier this week, making changes in various portfolios with former minister of social development, Bathabile Dlamini moved to the Presidency responsible for Women and Children.
The IFP has called on Ramaphosa to refer Dlamini to an Attitude and Mindset Training Course in order for her to have a clear understanding about women and children abuse.
In a statement issued by the party’s women wing, “It is imperative that she attends such a training because she has proven that she does not care about women abuse. She defended former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana during his assault incident.”
Manana was convicted for kicking and punching three women at a popular Johannesburg nightspot in the early hours of Sunday morning in August.
“We were shocked when she stated she doesn’t believe that action should be taken against Mduduzi Manana because there are many more government leaders and officials guilty of more serious crimes than him. This is indicative that she needs urgent assistance so that she can fully understand that there is something called women abuse,” said IFP Women’s Brigade leader, Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa.
“We further urge President Ramaphosa to closely monitor Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s spending pattern of taxpayer’s money. One will recall that when she was the Minister of Social Development she came under fire after her department spent R121.5 million on travel and subsistence expenses,” she said.