A “degrading and demeaning” image of the minister was posted on Facebook and has been circulating on social media…

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Nonhlanhla Ncube-Ndaba, has called on the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) and the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate and take action against the social media user for the alleged racist post aimed at the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Ms Ncube-Ndaba said the posted picture depicting Minister Dlamini-Zuma as a monkey is degrading and demeaning.

“This is a clear violation of human rights with nuances of hate. Whilst we respect freedom of speech and expression, however, that freedom should not be used as an attack to abuse and discriminate black people,” added Ms Ncube-Ndaba.

Commission for Gender Equality speaks out

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) also condemned the social media posts.

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“The commission notes that many of these posts have racist and sexist undertones and have been used to isolate and undermine her (Dlamini-Zuma) as a member of the National Command Centre (NCC) team as she executes her duties in the NCC during this coronavirus pandemic,” said the CGE in a statement.

“The CGE is tasked by the Constitution and an act of Parliament to promote gender equality and the status of women in an effort to ensure that the rights of South Africans are upheld. It is thus for this reason that the CGE seeks to look into the matter of the social media post and ensure that human dignity and aspects pertaining to the Bill of Rights were not contravened.”

The commission urged members of the public to use its toll-free number (0800 007 709) to register complaints that are related to its mandate and other aspects related to gender-based violence.

Outrage

The ANC Women’s League wants the man who allegedly posted the image on Facebook, and is believed to be from the Western Cape,  to be prosecuted for his racist post.

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