'SAICE gave us the proverbial middle finger over Pillay's sexist remarks'

Co-founder of Women In Engineering, Naadiya Moosajee says she is disappointed that Manglin Pillay remains as CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) after he wrote a sexist column about women in engineering.

The industry body issued a statement following an emergency meeting on Wednesday saying that while Pillay will keep his job, he will face internal discipline.

Pillay has since apologised for his sexist remarks.

Read: Petition calls for removal of CEO over disparaging remarks about women engineers

It is very disappointing because the apology is not even lukewarm. There was not even an apology to the industry or anything, it was an apology to the board. We are not even sure what he is apologising for, did he apologise for embarrassing them?

Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder of Women In Engineering

This is not even a slap in the wrist, not even a recourse to say we are going to form a task team. We know in South Africa we always form a task team for something like that.

Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder of Women In Engineering

This is essentially a proverbial middle finger to women in engineering to say we actually we really don't care.

Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder of Women In Engineering

Moosajee says this latest incident has made her really lose confidence in SAICE and its mandate in the engineering industry, particularly in giving support and relevant platform for women in engineering.

I have seen other columns on social media saying that if SAICE doesn't really believe in diversity and inclusion then maybe we should find other organisations. So there is now room for another organisation to represent women in engineering better.

Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder of Women In Engineering

To hear the rest of the conversation with Naadiya Moosajee, listen below:


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