Democratic Alliance : Karen de Kock
Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Members of the Executive Council, Members of the House
Vandag bring die Demokratiese Alliansie ‘n huldeblyk aan die vroue wat op die 9 de Augustus 1956 na die Unie Geboue opgeruk het. Die optog, was ‘n reuse sukses en het sy essensiële doelwit, naamlik die reg van vroue ten opsigte van politieke deelname, bereik.
Maar is ons regtig ernstig as dit kom by die bereiking van ons doelwit ten opsigte van vroue en die oplossing van probleme wat vroue vandag 9 Augustus 2012 in die gesig staar?
Wel, bepaalde vordering is gemaak. Behalwe vir deuslaggewende wetgewing wat die balange van vroue op die hart dra, is daar vandag aansienlik meer vroue in die politiek.
Yet, as the ANC celebrated its 100 years of existence, it seems to have forgotten that as times moves on, so too do changes occur in the aspirations and needs of women.
It is the effective implementation of legislation that is important and we need to be honest with each other about the fact that the number of women in parliament does not directly translate to realisation of the strategic or practical needs of women. This is clear when we look at the gap between women’s so called high level of political achievement and women’s developmental status measured in terms of life expectancy, educational attainment and GDP per capita.
It seems that there are more and more women in government but with less and less influence. I believe the reason for this is the assumption being made that women are virtuous and will support other women.
Partykeer is dit die geval, maar meestal nie. Vroue sien net so om na hul eie belang as mans. Ons kry vroue politici wat ander vroue intimideer om vir ‘n bepaalde party te stem al lewer die party nie dienste nie. Ons kry vroue politici wat ras gebruik om hulle eie agenda te bereik.
Whatever happened to the inspiration, motivation and commitment that lay behind statements such as “the emancipation of women is not a by-product of the struggle for democracy, national liberation or socialism. It has to be addressed in its own right within our organisation, the mass democratic movement and the society as a whole” or “no women, no vote”?
Vir my kom dit neer op ‘n tekort aan strek vroue leierskap wat oor die vermoeë beskik om beide vroue en mans te mobiliseer rondom ‘n gesamentlike visie van hoe ons beide strategies en praktiese probleme wat vroue vandag in die gesig staar, kan oplos. Voue verteenwoordiging gaan nie meer net rondom getalle nie, dit gaan oor kwalitatiewe verandering en of vroue die magstrukture binne hul partye kan beïnvloed en sodoende die uiteindelike verandering in die instellings en instansies van die regering te weeg kan bring en kritiese vrae met gemak kan vra.
There should be a quantitative presence of women who also have a qualitative significance.
How serious are we when we have a Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities that can at best be described as a dismal failure. The previous minister flew around the word spending millions of rands of taxpayers’ money while the department has a vacancy rate of 77%, its finances are a mess and it couldn’t event produce an annual report on time. The Presidency had to bail the department out to the tune of R3 million when a donor agency withdrew its donation due to the department’s lack of transparency. I believe that money wasted in this department should be directed to capacitate and empower women to be champions in their own society. The keeping of the higher moral ground and never to step backwards for their counterparts or those of a different orientation.
How serious are we when the minister of social development admits that government does not keep reliable statistics on domestic violence? As a result, the SAPS cannot track trends and develop effective policing strategies to combat domestic violence. This makes a mockery of the SAPS’s oft-stated priority to reduce violence against women.
How serious are we when a painting that can finally be perceived as engaging the concept of masculinity in this country, cannot even be displayed or talked about?
How serious are we when provincial departments literally dish out thousands of rands on facials, massages, manicures and pedicures to senior officials, as part of their contribution to women’s month given the current context and the true meaning of women’s month?
How serious are we when the provincial department of social development still hangs on to a funding model that is not conducive to address the needs of vulnerable people at a professional level?
How serious are we when the provincial rape strategy is still a myth? Hon. MEC Mabilio said it will be finished in August 2009 and the again 2010. Now we here nothing, the presentation to the Portfolio Committee was cancelled and the debate never took place.
How serious are we when we look at the state of rural clinics, the maternal mortality rate and skyrocketing of infant mortality in the province?
How serious are we when our municipalities who are to provide basic services to women are at the brink of collapse?
How serious are we when the Youth Wage Subsidy is still a point of contestation?
The time has come to call the ANC’s recent commitment to women a bluff. Daar is nie erns nie en doewitte word nie bereik nie!
If the DA was to run this province, the MECs that will go first are the Hon. Botes, Mabilio, Sokatsha, Moiemang and last but not least the Hon. Premier for failing the women of this province.
The ANC must wake up and smell the coffee. The opposition is growing and the ANC is no longer the only party that can promote the interest of women. The DA has, in its short period of existence, placed women at the head of our party and in parliament. Furthermore we have proven to deliver services better and faster than the ANC.
The ANC for all its window dressing is in essence a patriarchal organisation, insecure about female leadership. Best said by Hon. Blade Nzimande when he labelled the three DA leaders the “two stooges and a madam”.