National Assembly Cape Town: Thursday, 01 September 2011
Two weeks ago, Precious Msibi, a female worker
at an Mbombela wholesaler in Nelspruit, was made to strip naked
in front of her colleagues, men and women, by her manager to
prove that she was indeed a woman.
This cruel and humiliating act has not only
stripped Ms Msibi of her dignity and self-worth, but she is now
without an income as well, as the incident has left her too
traumatized to return to her workplace.
This heart-wrenching and shocking story
reveals that many South African women are still open to abuse,
not only at home but at their workplaces as well.
This inhumane act was in clear breach of our
Constitution, which affords us all the right to dignity and
human rights. This incident once again proves that despite the
efforts we have made with regard to women's rights in South
Africa, and despite the focus on women's issues each year during
Women's month, much more must be done to protect our women and
The IFP welcomes Labour Minister Mildred
Oliphant's strong condemnation of this incident. However, the
IFP is disappointed to learn that, despite the fact that Ms
Msibi was assured by police that an arrest was imminent, nothing
Women's rights in South Africa should not only
take centre stage in August, but throughout the year. The
adherence to, and lack thereof, of women's rights is an
important indicator of the well-being of any nation. The IFP
calls on the authorities to deal swiftly and ruthlessly with
those who show utter disdain for our Constitution and women's
rights in general.
I thank you.
Contact: Mrs Helen Makhuba MP, 073 268 3063.