A visit yesterday by former African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to the Xhosa king Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu may have backfired for the presidential hopeful.
The king said the following about women leaders: “South Africa is not yet ready to be led by a woman president. Women are sensitive by nature. The country’s problems have overwhelmed leaders who are men, how much more so for a woman."
Jabu Baloyi, the spokesperson for the Commission for Gender Equality, told Stephen Grootes on The Midday report that the Commission is not surprised by the king's comments.
This boils down to the patriarchal nature of our society, the mindset of people on the ground, saying women are not capable of any position to lead.— Jabu Baloyi, the spokesperson for the Commission for Gender Equality
Baloyi says the Gender Equality Commission has signed a memorandum of agreement with the House of Traditional Leaders including one in the Eastern Cape.
But he says it is a long-term process of discussion and evolving culture and attempting to meet one another half way.
Listen to the Gender Equality Commission opinion on the Xhosa king's comments below: