Madibeng Legislature embraces women in its framework and encourages women to carry on and stand up for their rights. The Local Municipality of Madibeng consists of about 80 members of the legislature.
Political leadership as it stands has got 4 members consisting of the executive mayor, the speaker, single whip of council and the chairperson of MPAC. Members of the mayoral committee consist of about 10 members of which gender equality prevails. Madibeng consist of 41 ward councillors of which 12 of them are women, with PR councillors standing onto 28 members and 10 of them being women. This entails that women are still standing intact and strong and proving to be the best leaders of this municipality.
Judging by the character, the CFO secretary, Maggy plays a crucial role in making sure that everything is in order in the office of the CFO. This derives from women who proves without a doubt to be leaders in the society. South Africa today have official and sanctioned freedom: an exemplary legislative and policy framework that enshrines their equality and rights, as well as protects them from violence, discrimination and harmful practices. South African women have the freedom to achieve in any sphere, and many South African women have gone beyond national boundaries to achieve positions of importance, power and prestige internationally.
This includes the executive mayor of Madibeng, (Jostine Mothibe), the executive Mayor of Bojanala (Fetsang Mokati-Thebe), MMC for Community Development (MP Tlhopane), MMC for IDP, PMS and Legal Services (SM Maunatlala), the only EFF ward councilor for ward 26 (P Pretorius). How substantive, however, is this equality? And how free are women, really, to be literally and figuratively mobile? Women may have the legislated freedom to achieve equally with men, but in reality the space and opportunity to do so is often restricted by societal norms, gender stereotypes and discrimination. It is in the home that women are most likely to encounter violence and discrimination based on their gender, an indication that attitudes have not kept pace with legislation. Moving out of the home, into the community and broader society, women continue to face barriers to their literal and figurative mobility.
Women are also more likely to be unemployed than men and if not constrained to the lower-wage sectors of the economy, often encounter a glass ceiling in the corporate world. Many women’s access to education, quality healthcare and justice is also compromised: households are more likely to cite ‘no money for school fees’ and family commitments’ as reasons why girls do not attend school than boys. Women encounter not only indifference, but also violence at the hands of healthcare workers. and fewer than one in five rape cases reach trial – while even fewer results in convictions. In politics, there seems to have been some regression over time. While women held 43% of seats in the National Assembly in 2009, only 38,8% of seats are held by women in 2014. The powers of decision-making lie firmly in the hands of men, with 65% of the country’s top leadership and 78% of provincial premiers being men. Crucially, an analysis of each political party’s manifesto reveals a superficial engagement with women’s issues and ‘very little focus on tackling gender inequality at a structural level,’ or any real recognition that women’s issues are central to a thriving democracy.
The role of South African women in politics has increased since the end of apartheid through policy changes and organisations set up to enable women’s rights. Women has shown that the country is faring decently in enabling women to take an active role in government. Women have made strides in most of all sectors of society, the Budget & Treasury office, Community Development, Corporate Support Services, IDP, PMS and Legal Services and Inter-governmental Relations and Special Programmes are government departments in Madibeng led by women. In politics in particular, South African women have come incredibly far. Before the arrival of democracy in South Africa in 1994, there was a mere 2.7% representation of women in parliament; since then, though, things have changed. Currently women members of the mayoral committee in Madibeng (MMC) comprise 50% of the council. Leadership positions in politics were previously dominated by men, and women’s entry into the sphere has been included in South Africa’s globally acclaimed narrative of triumph. One of the success stories of our democracy is that of the representation of women in political and decision-making positions. The Budget & Treasury office led by Cllr. Nthangeni is a crucial departmental requires more understanding in finance.