- Hon. Members, the Minority Front celebrates this Human Rights Day by celebrating the life of Charlotte Maxeke.
- This was a resilient woman who continues to inspire thousands of women during times of fear, anxiety, inner turmoil, reaching the depths of a woman’s physique, in such a transformational manner that reliving her journey, it’s impact and the metamorphosis enables women today to embark on their journey with determination, perseverance and focused passion.
- Hon. Members, Hon. Dube-Nube reminded us all of the 3am breakthrough to our Constitution at CODESA, the inner workings of which Madiba came to our Chatsworth home in 2001 to personally thank Mr A. Rajbansi. As Hon. Members, our lives are certainly not without challenges. We have heard during the LGBTQI symposium last Friday, that this vulnerable minority community wants theirs rights entrenched as per the Bill of Rights in our Constitution. As the Legislature we must become gender responsive and let KZN be the first province to change by laws to ensure that our buildings have e.g. gender neutral toilets, where the dignity that ablution facilities gives humans is a personal, real and inalienable right.
- Other e.gs: are in changing land ownership rights like we recently achieved but what about all empty land, lying fallow. Owning land, especially by woman who are single mothers or widows means government conferring a real right that will free woman economically and this will grow our economy Hon. Members not burden it
- In terms of women’s health and reproductive rights, we remember the renaming of Johannesburg General to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, an academic institution of excellence means that we as women like even the late Hon. Manto Shabalala Minister of Health stated that we must all be able to go to our public hospitals and not private hospitals, let alone foreign hospitals.
- Thank you.
Hon. S. Thakur-Rajbansi
Debated by: Hon. Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi
Minority Front Leader (KZN Legislature)
Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
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