The Commission for Gender Equality in Mpumalanga has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the provincial House of Traditional and Khoisan Leaders (HTKL) to enhance the working relations between the two organisations in the province.
The purpose of the MOU is to allow the two offices to collaborate in their respective programmes, which include educating communities about the role and mandate of the CGE.
Speaking during the ceremony, Chairperson of the HTKL, who is also the Chairperson of Contralesa, Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena, said the occasion was a historic development in the province, “The MOU paves the way for the two entities to work together to protect the rights and interest of our communities in rural and urban areas. We are a province that takes care of the interest of communities, and we want to call upon other provinces to do the same,” he said.
Commissioner Lindiwe Ntuli-Tloubatla said the signing of the memorandum will open way for the two entities to strengthen their working relationship, “We are looking forward to developing a Plan of Action to enhance our collaboration and communication as we are both committed to building constitutional democracy.” she said.
The significance of the MOU is that it will allow the two entities to support constitutional democracy to eradicate patriarchy and achieve gender equality as outlined in section 9(3) of our Constitution, including the eradication of all forms of harmful cultural and religious practices that strengthen gender inequality and oppression.
Source: South African Government