Cape Town - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is again in breach of her oath of office, this time after she frankly admitted to the Sunday Times that she does not believe action should be taken against Deputy Higher Education and Training Minister Mduduzi Manana because there are many more government leaders and officials guilty of more serious crimes than him, the IFP said on Sunday.
"Clearly, minister Dlamini has forgotten that it is her responsibility as the custodian of government's gender-based violence programmes to ensure that those programmes are a success by ensuring that perpetrators are identified, apprehended, and successfully prosecuted," Inkatha Freedom Party MP Liezl van der Merwe and MPL Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa said on behalf of the IFP Women's Brigade.
It was now clear that Dlamini's role as president of the African National Congress Women's League, where she was "deployed to defend all sorts of immorality within the ANC", had rendered her unfit to be social development minister, they said in a statement.
If not, Dlamini would have ensured that those who were known to her and who were guilty of worse crimes against women than Manana, as she claimed in the interview, would have already faced the full might of the law.
"It is again the IFP's view that leaders of the ANC government continue to expose themselves as individuals that only pay lip-service to fighting violence against women."