The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) has terminated Manglin Pillay’s position as CEO with immediate effect.
This follows a public outrage over Pillay's comments questioning whether women are suited to high-powered careers in engineering.
Co-founder of Women in Engineering, Naadiya Moosajee says Pillay's termination will send a strong message to the industry that sexism is not tolerated.
For everybody, it is sending a message that engineering is an industry for all and we won't tolerate anybody that says otherwise.— Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder of Women In Engineering
I do not revel in anybody losing their job but when you are in that position of such authority and you have so much power to say anything and what you say is sexist and takes the industry backwards, that's the key problem.— Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder of Women In Engineering
It is not just women that were aggrieved but a lot of SAICE members cancelled their membership because they just couldn't believe what he was saying.— Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder of Women In Engineering
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