FF Plus opposed to any form of discrimination against women, but asks that merit should be determinant

Dr Corné Mulder

The FF Plus is opposed to any form of discrimination against women and believes there should be equality between men and women as long as merit remains the criteria for appointments and promotion, says Dr. Corné Mulder, the FF Plus’ chief whip.

Dr. Mulder said during the second reading debate of the Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality Bill that people are tired of the so-called good story the ANC is telling and this proposed Bill points to the failure of the government to unlock the enormous potential of all people in the country. 

The ANC did not succeed in getting all the residents of the country – men and women of all races – to work together and are now artificially attempting to do it with this Bill.

“Thus, you are trying to get a young boy to respect women and daughters with this Bill. You do not need a law to teach a child to respect. Just do it.

“Some things one cannot manage with legislation. A law can be made which says that the sun has to rise in the north and go down in the south, but it will not happen,” Dr. Mulder said.

He singled out a number of women as examples of merit and said that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had reached the top position in the African Union. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi currently holds a top position in the United Nations and Maia Ramos at Barclays Africa.

“They reached it on merit. If this Bill goes through, women will as a result of quotas, end up in high positions, not on merit. The honourable minister (Lulu Xingwana) will have to think about this when she goes home tonight. Is she a quota minister or a merit-minister?

“The ANC is trying to accomplish the impossible with this Bill. They are forcing it through Parliament. One cannot force certain things which have to take place normally and what should be in the hearts and minds of all South Africans. This is all about window dressing.

“Minister, you say the ANC is the only party that has 50% representation of men and women in all its structures. Is it the case on your national candidate list from position number one or only from the eightieth position? I will wait for your reply to this,” says Dr. Mulder.


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